Re: Buster Olney says scouts are raving about Mike Leake
Originally Posted by dougdirt
Throwing the ball in the zone and it getting hit. You don't see many low strikeout guys also walking a lot of guys. One reason is that when they throw the ball in the zone, the batters hit the ball.
That's an awfully big exaggeration. If it were just throwing it in the zone as you suggest, big league hitters would tee off so bad a guy wouldn't last two starts in the majors.
Leake is striking out 16% of batters faced. Clearly he's not just throwing it down the middle like you're insinuating. To have a nearly 2.7-to-1 K:BB rate in 500 professional innings -- all at the big league level -- that's command.
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