Re: Buster Olney says scouts are raving about Mike Leake
I would think Leake has a greater chance than most pitchers to improve.
He's the type of pitcher who will have to have a deep knowledge of the hitters. He can't get buy on pure stuff. As he learns more, if he gets good coaching, he should improve. Knowledge and understanding of pitching will be key for him.
Looking at Leake's stats last year, his LD rate against and homers against were higher than the previous year.
He also threw more fastballs and fewer sliders and cutters.
If he gets the opportunity, I think he can be a good pitcher, but he can't continue to make the same mistakes. 26 homers from him are unacceptable.
So, I'm cautiously optimistic he will do better, but he needs to make adjustments. He's not suddenly going to throw 97mph, he'll have to adjust his game.