Leocadio Francisco Batista was signed by the A’s in 1991, an amateur free agent out of the Dominican. He was a solid, but not particularly exciting, minor league player. He made the majors in 1996, but put up pedestrian numbers. Because of this, the A’s left him unprotected in the 1997 expansion draft, where he was snagged by the Diamondbacks. It was a great move, and Batista would break out in 1998 with 18 HR and a 116 OPS+.
Batista would have some very impressive seasons. He would hit 41 HR in 2000, and three other seasons of at least 31 HR. He would be selected to two All-Star teams (2000, 2002), and would retire after 11 seasons with 221 HR and a 93 OPS+.
His issue was not power–the dude could hit–but he just struck out too much. Strikeouts were to be expected from a guy with his power, but it really ate him up when he was not making contact.
Still, he had a nice career, which ended in 2008 with him playing for the Leones del Escogido in the Mexican League.
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