Originally Posted by redsmetz
According to TheBaseballCube.com he was in 19 games his senior, starting 18 of them. He had seven complete games and 2 shutouts; also recording one save. He threw 142 innings.
That compares to his first two years where he appeared in 23 games (12 starts) and 19 games (16 starts). Both seasons he threw two complete games. His inning counts were 117.2 and 121.1 respectively). These were his age 19 thru 21 seasons.
As a comparison, here are Arroyo's numbers for the same three seasons (his 2nd thru 4th minor league years). All were starts except one relief appearance in season three.
26 games, 135.2 innings
24 games, 160.1 innings
23 games, 127.0 innings
I'll leave the call to others who are more familiar with what a heavy workload is.
That is good info.
It would be interesting to see how many pitches Leake threw in those complete games. There are two ways to overwork a pitcher. Too many innings in a season without sufficient rest between outings, and too many pitches in a game (or even an inning). Things like insufficient time to warm up, pitching while hurt or fatigued, or poor mechanics also affect how much you can throw without being overworked.
One additional factor is the pro season is much longer than the brief college season, so those innings were likely spread out more thinly for Arroyo than Leake.