Originally Posted by Brutus
Yep. He can hit, run the bases and field his position on top of being a 200-inning fifth starter putting up league-average production.
But there are people that don't want that?
Of all the qualified pitchers in the NL, Leake allowed the highest line drive rate at 24.5%. Leake allowed a higher home run rate per nine innings than any Reds pitcher except for Ondrusek, Cingrani, Bray, and Redmond.
I like Leake. He is very competitive and can be a good ground ball type pitcher.
But he was hit hard this year and mostly allowed way too many homers for a pitcher of his type. And again he allowed homers in his playoff appearance.
IMO, Bailey has surpassed Leake right now and Mike really needs to step it up next year, if he's still a Red.
I'm no longer as high on him as you are. If the Reds convert Chapman to starting, I have no trouble dealing Leake or using him in relief.
On the other hand - and this showed in the playoffs - Leake and Latos are both now 24 years old. They are babies in terms of high end MLB pitchers. So they certainly both have lots of time to improve. And talent and determination. And will learn from the playoffs this year.
Watching CC last night, I realized how tough things were in the fourth and fifth games for the Reds, with such young pitchers throwing such big games.