Actually, I don't really know who he is and was curious as to what others thought of him Here's what I know...
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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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.
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.
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.
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.