INF Charles Leblanc

INF Charles Leblanc
Hometown: Laval, Que.

B-T: R-R. 

Ht: 6’ 4”, Wt: 205 lbs.

School: University of Pittsburgh 

Previous teams: Les ailes du Quebec, Georges-Vanier Sport Etudes, Academic Baseball Canada, Watertown Rams.  

Coaches: Joe Jordano, Joel Landry, Remi Bertrand, Paul Alteri. 

Drafted: By the Milwaukee Brewers (scout Jay Lapp) in the 33rd round in 2013, one of 16 players from Canada drafted and was the youngest player chosen.

2016 sophomore season (draft eligible by age): Earned first ACC batting title in Pittsburgh history, hitting .405 in 49 games, currently 10th nationally, highest by an ACC player since 2009 ... First Panther to garner All-ACC first team honors after driving in 46 runs, scoring 45 and notching a .494 on-base percentage... ACC Player of the Week on April 4 batting .647 with 12 RBIs, including 4-for-5 and six-RBIs in Pitt’s 15-5 victory over nationally-ranked Clemson. Was 9-13 with an outstanding nine RBIs, batting .692 in the three games against Clemson, plus 2-of-4 and three RBIs against Kent State Golden Flashes to bring his four-game average to an impressive (11-of-17) with 12 RBIs ... Three hits in 17-5 win over Youngstown State ... Double, triple, three RBIs in 4-3 win over Miami of Ohio ... Has posted team-high 19 multiple hit games and 10 multiple RBI performances, including a five-RBI showing at Grambling State ... On the season, Leblanc is hitting .412 (12th in NCAA Division I) in 42 games with seven doubles, three triples and two home runs and 41 RBIs ... On the base paths he is 7-for-7 stealing and owns a 1.019 OPS.

2015 freshmen season: Hit .291 in 51 games with 12 doubles, three triples, three homers and 30 RBIs ... Was 6-for-11 stealing bases and had a .799 OPS ... Singled, walked twice and scored twice in his collegiate debut against Saint Louis ... Was 4-for-6 with a double, a triple and four RBIs against Niagara ... Had three hits, with a double against VCU ... Had two-hit games against Kansas State, a perfect 2-for-2 with a career-high five RBIs in the opener against No. 11 North Carolina, with three RBIs and a run against Akron, including a double against Duke, including an RBI double against Notre Dame, No. 13 Florida State, with a triple against No. 16 Miami ... In three-game Virginia Tech series, went 9-14 with three RBIs and scored four runs.     

2014 season: Won a bronze medal with the Canadian Junior National Team at the 18U Pan American championship hitting .313 (10-32) with a .389 on-base percentage, two homers, three RBIs and 12 runs scored ... Played 12 games for the Watertown (N.Y.) Rams of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, hitting .226 with five RBIs and a pair of doubles in 31 at-bats.

2013 season: Played for the Canadian Junior National Team.

Honors _ 2016: Earned National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America District Player of the Year honor for District I ... Named to Brooks Wallace Award watch list, an award given by the College Baseball Foundation (CBF) to the best college shortstop of the year ... Earned Perfect Game Midseason College Baseball All-American list second team ... ACC Player of the Week after facing Clemson and Kent State. 2014: Was the sixth ranked propsect in the Perfect Game League.

What they are saying: "A line-drive machine, am not sure all 30 teams know that he is draft eligible since he is listed as a sophomore. Plays fine as a college shortstop, but will have to move to second ... it's like any other position: best bat plays. And he can swing it ... “Stats guys will love him but I think he is missing speed.

On other lists: 452nd on Baseball America's top 500 prospect list of combined high school and college players.  

Passion leads LeBlanc to Pitt

Simply one of the best shortstops, named to Brooks Wallace award watch list

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