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    New York Times article on Mike Leake

    For One Promising Pitcher, No Need to Tour the Minors

    “You don’t make it to the big leagues out of college if you’re not polished, which is why very few ever do it,” McCann said. “He’s got four pitches and knows how to use both sides of the plate. You have to hit your spots, and you have to add and subtract, and that’s what he does.”

    Jocketty said the Reds first considered starting Leake at Class AA this season, but as spring training progressed, Class AAA Louisville seemed more likely if he did not make the major league club. Finally, at the end of spring training, he was chosen as the fifth starter.

    “I wasn’t expecting anything until they told me where to go,” Leake said.

    He smiled when asked to name the biggest hurdle to getting to the big leagues so quickly.

    “My size, not having the typical 6-foot-4 body, 220,” he said. “I kind of had to do things differently than those type guys. That’s who I am.”
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    Re: New York Times article on Mike Leake

    Great article
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    Re: New York Times article on Mike Leake

    Strasburg and Chapman get all the attention, some other NL rookies are making strong cases for ROY, and this guy just quietly does his thing every five days without any fanfare or attention outside of this city. I don't mind having him as a sort of secret weapon for a while but it's nice to see him starting to get more recognition for what he's done so far this year. Great article.
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    Re: New York Times article on Mike Leake

    Yeah, it sounds like word has finally leaked out about him...: (oh c'mon, there was no way I could resist that. )

    Quote Originally Posted by HeatherC1212 View Post
    I don't mind having him as a sort of secret weapon for a while but it's nice to see him starting to get more recognition for what he's done so far this year. Great article.

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    Re: New York Times article on Mike Leake

    Mark Sheldon of Reds.com has a nice article up on Mike Leake:

    "He's probably the closest guy I've ever played with that pitched like me," veteran Reds starter Bronson Arroyo said. "He can basically throw any pitch in any count, work both sides of the plate hard and soft, and our velocity is similar. The one difference is he's a much better sinkerball pitcher. He can live off his fastball a little more than me. I actually enjoy watching him pitch more than anybody I've ever played with. It's fun to say, 'Let's see how he's going to beat this team today with that stuff that's not super great.'"

    When Leake beat out Chapman and prospect Travis Wood for the fifth spot in Reds camp, he became only the 21st drafted player since 1965 to skip the Minors and debut in the Majors. The last starting pitcher to do it was Jim Abbott with the Angels in 1989.

    During his brief time with Cincinnati, Leake has been outwardly quiet but has displayed a confidence that he knows he belongs and can be successful. His performances back up his personality and have earned the respect of the Reds clubhouse.

    "To be able to slide right in and feel almost like you have at least a year of service time before this and find his way, it's ridiculous," Arroyo said. "This locker room is conducive to that. He's come into an absolutely perfect situation. ... To come into an environment where there are a lot of young guys and the older guys we have are pretty cool when it comes to the pecking order of the game and stuff they could do to young guys, you can't get a better situation than this."
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    Re: New York Times article on Mike Leake

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    Mark Sheldon of Reds.com has a nice article up on Mike Leake:



    to read more:
    http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/...=.jsp&c_id=cin

    Love the quote about clubhouse environment by Arroyo
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    Re: New York Times article on Mike Leake

    This was one of my favorite parts of that article by Sheldon:

    The Reds are just learning the depths of Leake's character, but some got their first inkling when he arrived at their new Goodyear, Ariz., complex last year during the Arizona Fall League. The finishing touches were still being applied by workers, and Leake grabbed some tools and helped install some shelving in the clubhouse.

    "I get bored pretty easily. I try to find things to do that keep me amused," Leake said. "Plus my dad and I used to build houses together. I would pitch in with my dad. I think it's helped me want to do other little projects."
    That's awesome.

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    Re: New York Times article on Mike Leake

    Are they selling any Leake gear? I imagine it'd be a hot commodity right about now.
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    Re: New York Times article on Mike Leake

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    Are they selling any Leake gear? I imagine it'd be a hot commodity right about now.
    Not yet. When I was in Cincinnati last weekend for the Civil Rights Game I checked in the Reds gift shop for a Mike Leake T-Shirt but they didn't have any yet. They did have some Chapman authentic jerseys, though. My guess is they'll starting selling Leake T-Shirts very soon.
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    Re: New York Times article on Mike Leake

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    Not yet. When I was in Cincinnati last weekend for the Civil Rights Game I checked in the Reds gift shop for a Mike Leake T-Shirt but they didn't have any yet. They did have some Chapman authentic jerseys, though. My guess is they'll starting selling Leake T-Shirts very soon.
    http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.js...452719.2455363

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    Re: New York Times article on Mike Leake

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    Are they selling any Leake gear? I imagine it'd be a hot commodity right about now.
    Nope. I went down and saw him pitch against the Cards a couple weeks ago and asked at one of the stadium gift shops. I wanted a Leake T-shirt bad.
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    Re: New York Times article on Mike Leake

    I wasn't completely serious with the Dusty comments (although there has been a time or two when he pushed Leake too hard imo).

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    Re: New York Times article on Mike Leake

    On Saturday, I saw someone wearing a Leake t-shirt at the game, but I don't know if it was legit.


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