Leach commits to Missouri out of portal

Arkansas catcher Dylan Leach is congratulated by assistant coach Nate Thompson Tuesday after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of play against Missouri State at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville.

Arkansas catcher Dylan Leach quickly found a new home after announcing plans to transfer from the Razorbacks over the weekend.

A sophomore who largely served as Michael Turner’s backup in 2022, Leach committed to Missouri on Monday, according to a post to his Twitter account.

“After talking with God and my family, I’d like to announce I will be continuing my baseball career at the University of Missouri,” he wrote. Thank you for everyone’s support through this process.”

Leach appeared in 24 games for the Razorbacks last season and started 16. He finished with a .224 batting average, 4 home runs and 16 RBI in 58 at-bats.

Arkansas was 13-1 in games in which he started at catcher.

The highlight of his season came against Central Arkansas on April 5, when he went 5 for 5 with 5 RBI and hit for the cycle. Leach entered the game 1 for 22 at the plate.

His final start was against Alabama on May 21, and he played in one game during the Razorbacks’ run in the NCAA Tournament that ended last week at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

As a freshman at Arkansas, Leach earned 10 starts at catcher and played in 17 games. He hit .257 and had 1 home run and 4 RBI.

Leach originally committed to the Razorbacks in 2018 over interest from TCU and Louisiana-Lafayette.