DOB: 11/12/1987 (28)
Place of Birth: San Diego, California
Teams: Cardinals, Giants, Reds
Mike Leake was born in San Diego, California to Chris and Sarah Leake. He started playing baseball at the age of 5 years old. He was a Seattle Mariners fan and idolized Vladimir Guerrero and Nolan Ryan. He attended Valley Center High School where he played Varsity for two years and then transferred to Fallbrook High School where he played for two years while captaining the team for one. Leake was dominate at the plate and on the mound posting a 1.87 ERA and a 20-4 record along with a .431 batting average over two years. He also won Avocado League Pitcher of the year twice. Leake attended Arizona State University where he studied management. He was a two way player, as he pitched and played the outfield. Over his three years at ASU, he pitched an astonishing 390.1 innings along with a 2.91 ERA. He also had an impressive .299/.402/.485 slash line. He was drafted 8th overall in 2009 to the Cincinnati Reds.
As A Player
Bats: R Pitches: R
Lifetime Line: 64-52/ 3.88/ 730
Mike Leake is the definition of an innings eater. In his last 4 seasons he started at least 30 games while throwing more than 180 innings each year. He doesn’t have a fire fastball nor does he have an incredible secondary pitch but he will get outs. He won’t strike too many batters out but he also won’t walk many batters. He’ll keep you in the game, though, having thrown 20 and 19 quality starts in his last two seasons respectively. He throws his sinker for about half his pitches while throwing his cutter a fourth of the time, splitting the rest of his pitches between his slider curveball and changeup. Leake won’t blow his 90 MPH fastball by anybody but he is a reliable pitcher for the backend of any rotation.