Wow, I'm not one for studying college baseball stats, but I was under the assumption that Stephen Strasberg was FAR AND AWAY the best pitcher in college this year. I'm stunned to say the least at how UNTRUE that really was. Mike Leake was right there with Strasberg in nearly every catagory.

ERA

#1 Strasberg 1.32

#2 Leake 1.36

Wins

#1 Leake 16

#3 Strasberg 13

Games started

#4 Leake 16 (17 was the most)

#20 Strasberg 15

Complete Games

#2 Leake 7

#? Strasberg 2

Shutouts

#3 Leake 2

#3 Strasberg 2

Innings Pitched

#1 Leake 132.2

#8 Strasberg 109.0

Runs allowed

#2 Strasberg 17

#8 Leake 23

Strikeouts

#1 Strasberg 195

#2 Leake 150

Batting Average Against

#1 Strasberg .172

#2 Leake .175

Walks allowed

Strasberg 19

Leake 20

Hits allowed

Strasberg 65

Leake 71

Those numbers are about as close as you can get. While Leake certainly doesn't have the velocity of Strasberg, he's got a wider variety of pitches, he's pitched against tougher competition, and most importantly...the REDS got him. Great, GREAT pick.