Originally Posted by M2
IMO, it's selling Leake extremely short to view him as nothing more than a #5 guy. I expect him to spend most of the rest of the 2010s as an above average starter. He's got four pitches, a great competitive brain, and his command and velocity should both be on the improve.
Had he spent 2010 and 2011 dominating the minors (and he would have done exactly that), then we'd be looking at 2012 in a far different light. Instead he broke straight through to the majors and we've seen more of his learning curve as a result. Remember, almost no one can make the jump straight to the majors from the college ranks. It takes a lot of talent to do it and survive.
Leake is 25 and he's a good bet for a K/BB of 3.00. His best day are ahead of him and I suspect his best days are going to be pretty good.
I can't agree with this more. I can't believe how much Reds fans are selling Leake short. He's not a flame-thrower, but he's got FANTASTIC stuff. Movement like crazy on everything. I fully believe he's got top half of the rotation kind of stuff. Not "ace", but a solid #2.