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Mike Leake jumps right to majors while Stephen Strasburg debuts at Double-A

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.

  1. BC - Apr 12, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Wasn’t Mike Leake the character played by William Devane in “Bad News Bears Breaking Training”?

  2. Positively Half St. - Apr 12, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    I am curious about what got more play in Cincinnati- Leake’s start for the Reds, or Chapman’s start for their AA team.

  3. Dusty B. - Apr 12, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    I think it was the right time to call him up. You can’t baby these guys. He threw 100+ pitches yesterday. I’m hoping for at least 140 in his next start, even if that means throwing a bullpen session after the game. See? I pay attention to pitch counts now. And people call me a neanderthal.

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