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Forget Strasburg, Let's Talk Mike Leake

Postby Another Blown Save » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:01 pm

Actually, I don't really know who he is and was curious as to what others thought of him
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Drafted 9th overall in last years draft by the Reds
Pitched in the Arizona Fall League (19.2 IP, 1.37 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 3 BB/15 K)
Rated #72 prospect by Baseball America
Spring training stats of 18 IP, 3.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 4 BB/10 K
Just named the #5 starter for the Reds
Will be the first major league pitcher to skip the minor leagues since Darren Dreifort did it in 1994
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Re: Forget Strasburg, Let's Talk Mike Leake

Postby Y`s Guy » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:05 pm

Incredible stats at ASU. Made the team due to injury to Aroldis Chapman. Watch to see if Chappy goes to the DL. If so, perhaps short stsint for Leake, who may just get one start. Nice sleeper, tho.

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EDIT: Chapman was DFAed. Leake is it at #5!
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Re: Forget Strasburg, Let's Talk Mike Leake

Postby hybrid » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:16 pm

Oh good ole Dusty, he is showing us a new way to kill pitchers now ... have them not pitch in the minors at all while spiking their innings from year to year, really he is amazing.
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Re: Forget Strasburg, Let's Talk Mike Leake

Postby J35J » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:55 pm

Leake is similar to a Kevin Slowey type...not overpowering but plus command and a solid arsenal of pitches that he can locate well.
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Re: Forget Strasburg, Let's Talk Mike Leake

Postby mblax10 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:06 pm

Leake was very polished in college and put up ridiculous numbers in a hitter's park in a hitter's conference. He doesn't have 1 outstanding pitch, but throws 5 pitches with good command and control. Seems like a guy who should be a #3-4 MLB starter for a long time. I don't think this is that much of a rush.
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Re: Forget Strasburg, Let's Talk Mike Leake

Postby Syfo-Dyas » Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:23 am

By the time Yahoo adds him he'll be in the minors.
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Re: Forget Strasburg, Let's Talk Mike Leake

Postby CincyReds11 » Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:21 am

I would not be too concerned with Leake's jump straight from college to the majors (excluding the AFL). As was mentioned earlier, he was well-regarded as an extremely polished pitcher coming out of ASU with a mechanically sound delivery. With that being said, he does lack the pure strikeout stuff of a Latos, a Chapman, or a Strasburg but his impeccable control will make him a more consistent contributor right away whereas Latos and Chapman will be more like riding a rollercoaster. In my opinion, this gives Leake some decent fantasy value, especially in keeper leagues, as a guy who should settle in somewhere between a 4.00-4.50 ERA with a 1.3-1.4 WHIP right away with the potential to become a Tim Hudson like pitcher in the future.
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Re: Forget Strasburg, Let's Talk Mike Leake

Postby Dave8603 » Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:52 am

Sportsline profiled Leake the other day.

http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantas ... ainer:Mack

Apparently, they're very high on him. I'm in a 10 team league and I'm adding him more as a speculative add at this point. If you have the roster spot, I recommend you do the same. Especially this early in the season, it can only help you.
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Re: Forget Strasburg, Let's Talk Mike Leake

Postby Montana168 » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:33 am

use him while u can now...he'll have TJ surgery in about 2 yrs. :-o
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Re: Forget Strasburg, Let's Talk Mike Leake

Postby k.k. » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:18 am

I want to make a move and add him for Sunday's game, but I'm pretty firmly sitting on the fence right now wondering if it's worth messing around with a green rookie like Leake right now. I have one roster spot sort of in flux right now and am thinking it wouldn't hurt.
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