Re: Buster Olney says scouts are raving about Mike Leake
Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
There's an article from the last few seasons where Leake is quoted as saying that he forces himself to "slow down" his fastball to generate more movement, the implication being that his pitches straighten out as he works into the 90s.
I think Leake has to be a soft-tosser in order to survive -- which pretty much caps his growth at #5/swingman level.
It's a bit of an exaggeration to call a guy working in the low 90s a "soft tosser."
Kirk Saarloos -- definite soft tosser.
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