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    So far today through seven innings:

    Heisey: 2-for-4 double
    Cozart: 2-for-3 double, walk
    Alonso: 1-for-3 HR (#1), walk, 2 RBI

    Leake: 2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

    Boxberger: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

    Ondrusek: 0.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 0 K

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    Re: First AFL Box score

    Quote Originally Posted by TRF View Post
    It's one game.
    It's two games, but who's counting.

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    The ball flies out there, big time. Ondrusek was leaving the ball up today. Not a good recipe for this league.

    Alonso hit a HR for those who missed it. It was apparently a bomb.
    Didn't Leake pitch in Arizona before he was drafted? There is a big difference in pitching with the change of humidity. Leake obviously knows how to pitch out there. Ondrusek may be having a tough time figuring it out with the arid air out there.

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    Leake Solid in Scoreless Debut

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    The journey started for this year's No. 8 pick Mike Leake as soon as the right-hander fired his first pitch Thursday for the Peoria Saguaros, a fastball that touched 89 mph and fell squarely into Matt McBride's glove for a strike.

    Ten pitches and two singles later, the Reds prospect was faced with his first test in his unofficial professional debut in the Arizona Fall League. He responded in a way that showed why scouts rated the undersized California native as the Draft's top pitching prospect behind No. 1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg. After inducing a lineout, Leake fanned Lucas May and Dayan Viciedo to close his first professional inning.

    Overall, Leake allowed four hits and a walk over two scoreless innings in the Saguaros' eventual 17-9 loss to the Peoria Javelinas in front of a crowd of 259.

    "When you get your first time facing quality players in Major League Baseball, you've got a little bit of nerves," Leake said. "I just went out there and tried to do a little too much [at first]. But in the end, I kind of came out with a good result."

    Leake admitted he tried to be "too dirty" with his bag of pitches, instead of letting hitters get themselves into trouble. But given that it was his first game action in a month-and-a-half, Leake wasn't too disappointed in the 46-pitch effort.

    "There will be nights where I will be in a groove," he said. "And there will be nights like [Thursday] where I try a little too hard.

    "It's nice to know [when I'm not in a groove], I can still get these guys out."

    A former standout at Arizona State University, Leake is the school's highest-drafted player since 1998 and is coming off a highly decorated collegiate career.

    He was named the National Player of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association and was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award (won by Strasburg) and the Dick Howser Trophy. This past season, Leake became the first player in Pac-10 history to be awarded with the conference's Pitcher of the Year award in back-to-back seasons, and he led the nation with 16 victories.

    He posted a 1.71 ERA over 142 innings pitched and held opposing batters to a .193 average.

    Those stats are backed up by plus-plus command of an impressive arsenal that includes an 88-94 mph fastball, a cutter and a devastating changeup that he'll throw at any point in the count. Leake worked off that trio of pitches Thursday to set up his curveball and slider.

    Fellow Reds prospect Yonder Alonso blasted a two-run homer for the Saguaros, while Dodgers prospect Andrew Lambo fell a triple short of the cycle and drove in four runs for the Javelinas. Russell Mitchell (Dodgers) added a homer, a double and four RBIs in the winning effort.

    Despite the team's loss, Leake was just happy to be back out on the mound.

    "I didn't know what to do with myself when I wasn't playing," he said of the long layoff between his college season and the AFL.

    Now that his baseball itch has subsided, Leake can get back to his main goal: showing the big league team what he can do.

    "Eventually I want to be wearing this [Reds] jersey with a different hat," Leake said. "I didn't get the full feeling [Thursday], but now I have something to look forward to -- wearing that Reds hat. And hopefully I can get there sooner rather than later."

    Brittany Ghiroli is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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    After inducing a lineout, Leake fanned Lucas May...
    How exactly do you induce a lineout?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screwball View Post
    How exactly do you induce a lineout?
    The power of suggestion.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screwball View Post
    How exactly do you induce a lineout?
    With style and grace.
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    Pitch F/X stuff since I finally got around to it. I am just going to post the graphs I made and you guys can take what you want from them.

    Average Fastballs of Ondrusek, Boxberger and Leake




    Brad Boxberger Average Pitches




    Mike Leake Average Pitches



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    Chris Heisey went 2-4 with a walk today.
    Zack Cozart went 1-4 with a double.
    Sean Watson allowed 3 earned and 2 HR in 1.2 innings.

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    Strasburg is now pitching his first AFL game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOYA View Post
    Strasburg is now pitching his first AFL game.
    Can't wait to see some Pitch F/X data rolling in on him. Actually should go check it out now.... I am a huge nerd, but man, I love this stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Chris Heisey went 2-4 with a walk today.
    Zack Cozart went 1-4 with a double.
    Sean Watson allowed 3 earned and 2 HR in 1.2 innings.
    Good stuff from the top prospects so far.

    But as for Watson, stick a fork in him, he's done.

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    Brad Boxberger allowed 4 runs in 2ip today. But he also hit 97 MPH on the Pitch F/X gun, the highest report I had seen on him in the past was 95. Heisey has a HR today as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Brad Boxberger allowed 4 runs in 2ip today. But he also hit 97 MPH on the Pitch F/X gun, the highest report I had seen on him in the past was 95. Heisey has a HR today as well.
    Going to be hard to keep Heisey off next year's 25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HokieRed View Post
    Going to be hard to keep Heisey off next year's 25.
    Not at the start of the year. He has options and they will be used unless there are multiple injuries in ST. By the end of the year I think it will be apparent that he needs to be in Cincinnati though.


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