Apr 12, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT
Mike Leake made his MLB debut Sunday, becoming just the fourth pitcher in the past 32 years to go from being drafted to the majors without any time in the minors. He held the Cubs to one run in 6.1 innings, but handed out seven walks and rarely topped 90 miles per hour.
Leake is a solid prospect and the control problems are surprising given his reputation for being so polished, but the No. 8 overall pick likely isn’t ready to thrive and the Reds’ decision to rush him is questionable at best.
Leake jumped from college to the majors Sunday, but Stephen Strasburg merely made his pro debut at Double-A. Picked seven spots ahead of Leake, he struck out eight while allowing four hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. Strasburg gave up four runs, but three were unearned and his electric fastball was in the high-90s throughout. Washington is suppressing his service time, but also limiting his pitch count before a midseason arrival.
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