Mike Leake became the first starting pitcher to skip the minor leagues since Jim Abbott. Or was he? Leake played in the 2009 Arizona Fall League, so technically that was his first taste of professional baseball. As an amateur, Mikey dominated college baseball during his three years at Arizona State, compiling a 40-5 record on the mound.
Leake is a little guy with an assortment of pitches. He’ll mix his five pitches in an attempt to dizzy hitters into confusion. To try and get a quick out, Leake will throw a 2-seamer around 90 mph and a cutter at similar velocity. If he finds himself ahead in the count, Mike likes to break his slider on the glove side of home plate to get a swing and miss. Leake also has a changeup and curveball. The curve will blend with the slider velocity at times. Leake has had good command and control his entire pitching life, and could have himself a long career as an athletic junkballer.
[2-seam fastball(87-93), cutter(87-91), slider(80-84), curve(78-81), changeup(81-85)]