Patrick Leyland, son of Tigers manager Jim Leyland, was on hand for the first two games of the weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates -- the team his father managed for eleven years.
Patrick returned home to Pittsburgh on Sunday morning to participate in a high school all-star game. After the game, the 18-year-old catcher is expected to meet with the Tigers and possibly hash out a contract. Detroit selected the catcher from Bishop Canevin High School in Round 8 (No. 253 overall) of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Leyland didn't say whether his son would sign or not, but he said the decision should be pretty cut and dry. It comes down to whether or not his son wants to kick off his professional career now, or play college ball.
"He's got to make a decision whether he wants to go play now," Leyland said. "He's going to play, whether he plays professionally or in college. It's just a matter of what he wants to do. I know he wants to [play professionally] at some point. Is it now? I think it is. But we'll see."
From what the skipper has heard, the organization is seriously interested in his son, and not just because of his bloodlines. Patrick won't hire an agent to negotiate his contract and his father hopes that if he decides to sign, he gets it done quickly.
"Guys waste two or two and a half months, and that doesn't make sense to me," Leyland said. "You've been waiting all your life to be a professional ballplayer, then all of a sudden on June 10 you are a professional ballplayer and you don't play until September or the next year. What kind of sense does that make?"