FORMER Montreal Expos draft pick and Washington Nationals minor-league player of the year Leonard Davis has been signed by the Winnipeg Goldeyes for the 2013 season.
Goldeyes manager Rick Forney announced the signing of the 29-year-old infielder-outfielder this morning.
Davis spent a season away from baseball in 2012 for personal reasons.
He last played in 2011, splitting his time between the New Jersey Jackals of the CanAm League and the Harrisburg Senators (AA) of the Eastern League.
With New Jersey, Davis hit .317 with nine homers and 36 RBI in 52 games.
"He fits the criteria that we look for with the Goldeyes in terms of having some players with some flexibility and versatility in being able to play multiple positions," Forney said in today's announcement.
"He's also a guy that has the ability to be an impact bat in the middle of your line up. He's not too far removed from some pretty big years where he was producing a lot of doubles and a lot of home runs. We're hoping he can come in and drive some big important runs in for us."
Davis has played second base, third base and all three outfield positions during his career.
An eighth-round draft pick of 2004, Davis combined for a .308 average, 25 homers and 76 RBI in 122 games in advanced-A, double-A and triple-A that season, earning minor-league player of the year honours in the Nationals' system.
The defending league champion Goldeyes now have nine players signed for the season ahead, six pitchers and three other players.
Dudar's big month sparks Wild
WITH points in all six of his February games, Jake Dudar of the Winnipeg Wild is the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League offensive player of the month.
Dudar's production also included a shootout goal, helping the Wild win all six of those games to stay in first place in the league.
The 16-year-old had four goals and six assists over the course of those six games.
The league's defensive player of the month is Travis Sanheim of the Yellowhead Chiefs.
Sanehim, a 16-year-old from Elkhorn, had a goal and three assists and a plus-three to show for the month, which included won a pair of games against the Pembina Valley Hawks to claim second place and a first-round playoff bye.
Parkland Rangers' Matt Kohlman is the league's goalie of the month for February.
Kohlman, from McCreary, had one victory, a 3.35 goals against average and a save percentage of .907.