Marlon Leyva Decides on Palm Beach Atlantic as Collegiate Choice

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Marlon Leyva (Left) signs his national letter of intent alongside high school coach Ernie Padron.Marlon Leyva (Left) signs his national letter of intent alongside high school coach Ernie Padron.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A versatile and skilled baseball player, Florida Christian graduate Marlon Leyva has signed a national letter of intent to continue his education while playing baseball at Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2009.

A native of Miami, Florida, Leyva comes from the tradition-rich Florida Christian High School program of head coach Ernie Padron. A “super utility” player of sorts under Padron, Leyva spent time behind the plate, at first-base and in the outfield.

A player who also played a variety of positions at both the collegiate and professional level, PBA head baseball coach Rob Avila likes what he sees in Leyva.

"Marlon comes from a great baseball tradition at Florida Christian.  He has played with and against some of the best talent in the country.  He will also bring a championship expectation with him.  He is a very polished catcher and will be able to step right in and make an impact behind the plate,” said Avila.

While playing his high school ball for the Patriots, Leyva earned All Dade County Honorable Mention accolades during his senior season as he played all over the field.

An honor roll student, Leyva has also made an impact off the field and outside the classroom as he has been involved with such community events as working with the Miami/Broward Police Officers fundraising opportunities.

As he prepares for his first collegiate semester and baseball season in the spring, Leyva feels like PBA could be a great collegiate decision.

"I'm thankful for having the opportunity to attend PBA and I look forward to contributing to the baseball program,” continued Leyva upon his signing.

Adding to the list of impressive signings for Avila, Leyva and his teammates will begin off-season workouts in the Fall.

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