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44 Mike Leake SP
Height/Weight: 5-10/190 | Birthdate: 11/12/1987 | Birthplace: San Diego, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: Arizona State | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $3,060,000 | Owned/Started%: 65/26 | Average Draft Position: 228.12
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Reds SP Mike Leake walks five batters during Friday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Reds pitcher Mike Leake had trouble with his command during Friday's 7-3 loss to the Indians.

Leake walked five batters during the outing, which was one shy of his season high. He was only able to pitch four innings and gave up five runs on seven hits during the start. He also surrendered a home run to Brandon Moss in the third inning.

"We'll all figure it out. It's a long season," Leake said, per MLB.com. "It's just unfortunate that it's all happening at the same time. It kind of makes it more of [an issue] when everybody's doing it and it's all happening at the same time. But hopefully it's something we'll be able to put in the past and we'll all start doing pretty well."

Leake has given up 14 runs over his last two starts and failed to pitch past the fifth inning. His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Rockies.


Reds pitcher Mike Leake shelled for nine runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Reds pitcher Mike Leake allowed nine runs on 11 hits in five innings of work in Cincinnati's 11-2 loss to the Giants on Saturday. 

Leake got through the first inning OK, needing just seven pitches. But it got gloomy in a hurry, as Leake allowed a solo home run to Brandon Belt, double to Hunter Pence and an RBI single to Brandon Crawford in the second. 

After three more runs in the third and fourth innings, the levee broke up in the fifth when Leake surrendered a grand slam to Crawford. It was the most runs allowed by a Reds pitcher since Homer Bailey in 2011.

"They were feeling it tonight," Reds manager Bryan Price said to MLB.com. "It's really easy to say the pitcher didn't have his stuff and they took advantage of it. It wasn't as if he was sitting at the belt all game out over the plate. He made some mistakes, the obvious one there with Crawford. It was a situation he never should have been in. We were somewhat depleted in the bullpen so I needed to try and grind him through that fifth inning. It didn't work out."

Leake, now 2-2, ballooned his ERA to 3.62 from 2.39 with just two strikeouts. He will look to bounce back Friday against the Indians.


Reds P Mike Leake gives up one run in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Reds pitcher Mike Leake allowed only one earned run during Monday night's 2-1 loss to the Braves. 

Leake didn't have his best stuff as he gave up eight hits and two walks while only striking out one batter. However, through six innings he was able to keep the Braves' batters at bay enough to keep the game tied 1-1 when he left. 

Aroldis Chapman pitched the top of the ninth and gave up a run on a willd pitch to lose the game. 

After throwing nine strikeouts against the Cubs on April 24, Leake has only struck out a total of six batters in his past three games. 

Leake's next start is projected for Sunday against the Giants. 


Reds' Mike Leake tosses eight scoreless innings in win vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Reds pitcher Mike Leake earned a win Wednesday, giving up just six hits in eight scoreless innings while striking out two and walking none in his team's 3-0 win over the Pirates.

Leake (2-1) tosses eight scoreless innings for his first win in his previous start and matched the impressive feat Wednesday, giving up no extra-base hits while issuing no walks for the second time this season.

"I'm just trying to pitch," Leake said, per MLB.com. "That's what I'm telling myself, just pitch. Just keep the ball down and mix it up and keep them guessing. I just have to keep that going."

Leake owns a 2.47 ERA and 27:10 K:BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Braves at home Monday.


Reds P Mike Leake throws eight shutout innings in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Reds pitcher Mike Leake had an exceptional game Thursday night in his team's 5-1 win over the Braves. 

Leake went eight innings and only gave up two hits in 97 pitches. He struck out three batters and walked two. He now has an ERA of 3.03. This was easily Leake's best game of his season so far as it was the first he didn't allow an earned run in. 

"[Leake] was terrific," manager Bryan Price said after the game, per MLB.com. "He was locked in. He has a really good rapport with Tucker (Barnhart). He worked really quickly and attacked the zone. It's a nice lineup. They mix and match so well with players who have had success against Michael, and he pitched a dandy."

On the offensive side of things, Leake hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, his first of the season. 

Leake is now 1-1 for the season. 

Leake is projected to make his next start on May 6 against the Pirates. 


Reds tab Lorenzen to start Wednesday, Leake moved to Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) The Reds will start Michael Lorenzen Wednesday against the Brewers and push Mike Leake to make Thursday's start against the Braves, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Lorenzen will be making his major-league debut Wednesday. He's 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 12:4 K:BB ratio in 19 innings over three Triple-A starts.

Leake has tossed at least seven innings in three straight starts and owns a 3.90 ERA and 22:8 K:BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings over four starts this season. Lorenzen


Reds SP Mike Leake gives up three runs in seven IP for no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/24/2015) Reds starter Mike Leake took a no-decision on Friday, allowing three runs on four hits in seven innings against the Cubs.

Leake struck out nine but surrendered home runs to Anthony Rizzo (two-run homer) and Chris Coghlan (solo shot).

Leake's next start is set for Wednesday against the Brewers.

Reds never approached Mike Leake about a new deal in offseason


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Reds starter Mike Leake felt bit hurt that he was never approached by Cincinnati about a new deal, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Friday.

Leake, who is on his contract year, allowed two earned runs over eight strong innings on Sunday. Although he's been a useful option in the rotation since 2010, the higher-ups in Cincinnati only view him as a No. 3 or 4 starter. The 27-year-old right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and a 13:7 K:BB ratio over three starts (20 2/3 innings).


Reds starter Mike Leake a hard-luck loser on Sunday night


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Reds starter Mike Leake (0-1) was the hard-luck loser on Sunday versus the Cardinals, allowing two runs on four hits in eight innings. 

Leake gave up a leadoff homer to Matt Carpenter and then surrendered the eventual winning run in the eighth inning on an RBI sacrifice fly to Kolten Wong.

"Basically the same pitch that [Jay] hit for the double," Leake said of his pitch to Carpenter. "Just a fastball that was supposed to be in. It just went back over the plate for him to hit. They both made me pay."

Leake will try again for his first win of 2015 Friday against the Cubs.


Cubs' Chris Coghlan remains perfect against Reds' Mike Leake


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan continued his success against Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake on Monday. Coghlan had three hits off the right-hander, improving to 8 for 8 with one home run, one RBI and three doubles in his career against Leake.

"Obviously, he has a good approach against me and is confident against me," Leake said, per MLB.com. "It's my job to figure him out. So far, I haven't. I need to get on video and see something."


Reds P Mike Leake gives up four runs in loss to Cubs


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Reds pitcher Mike Leake allowed four earned runs during Monday night's 7-6 loss that went 10 innings. 

Leake went seven innings and gave up three runs in the first and one run in the sixth. Leake threw 105 pitches and surrendered seven hits. He struck out four batters and walked one.

Outside of a rough first inning, Leake never faced more than four batters in a frame from inning second through seventh. 

Leake now holds an ERA of 4.97. His next projected start will come Sunday against the Cardinals. 


Reds' Mike Leake walks six in season debut vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Reds pitcher Mike Leake didn't factor into the decision Wednesday after surrendering three earned runs on five hits and six walks in 5 2/3 innings and striking out six in his team's 5-4, 11-inning win over the Pirates.

Leake saw his start pushed back more than two hours due to a weather delay and looked out of sorts once the game got underway, though he was able to limit the damage to three runs despite the bevy of baserunners and keep his team in the game. He'll look for a better command of the strike zone Monday against the Cubs in Chicago.


Reds' Mike Leake allows two runs in final spring start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Reds pitcher Mike Leake surrendered two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings while striking out one in his final start of the spring Thursday as the Reds fell to the Indians, 4-3.

Leake ends the spring with a 1.35 ERA and 11:4 K:BB ratio in 20 innings. His next start will come Wednesday against the Pirates in his regular-season debut.


Reds' Homer Bailey, Mike Leake set for minor-league work


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Reds pitchers Homer Bailey and Mike Leake will see their next spring action in minor-league games, MLB.com reports.

Bailey is working his way back from September elbow surgery. He threw two innings in a minor-league game Sunday, and the team has decided to keep him in minor-league action in order not to restart his disabled-list clock.

"We're on top of that," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Wednesday. "Backdating, we have to be aware of that so we don't pitch him in a game and find out it would affect our ability to activate him when we want him to during the season."

Leake will pitch in a minor-league game Saturday to allow the team to have more control over his outing.

"Start No. 5 in spring training for most starters is the most important because you almost have to get your innings and pitch allotment in that start or you have to go into your last spring training start trying to accomplish all those things," Price said. "I've seen it before where a guy gets knocked out in the second inning and has to go to the bullpen to throw four simulated innings and it's not nearly as productive."


Reds pitcher Mike Leake throws five strong innings Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Reds pitcher Mike Leake gave up just one run on four hits in five innings of work in Sunday's game against the Athletics. Leake added two strikeouts and no walks on 75 pitches in the outing.

"A few balls that I probably rushed got elevated a little bit," Leake said to MLB.com. "But all in all, I'm pretty happy. Just a couple of more [outings] to get back into it. So I'm trying to maximize the pitching."


DeSclafani, Marquis, Iglesias join Cueto, Leake in Reds rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Reds starting pitchers Anthony DeSclafani, Jason Marquis and Raisel Iglesias have secured spots in the rotation to begin the season, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. They join Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake.

Homer Bailey is still recovering from September elbow surgery and will start the season on the disabled list. Paul Maholm, who was also competing for a spot in the rotation, has been told he will now compete for a spot in the bullpen.

"I think we have a pretty good idea of where we're headed," manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "That being said, we still have 2 1/2 weeks of spring training games to go to make sure, No. 1, that we're healthy, and No. 2, that how we feel now remains the same."


Reds pitcher Mike Leake throws four scoreless innings Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Reds pitcher Mike Leake rolled through four scoreless innings Tuesday against the Indians, allowing just two hits in the contest.

Leake, who could be slotted as the No. 2 pitcher in Cincinnati's rotation, was at least happy he found something to work on in the outing.

"Every first pitch was a ball except for one," Leake said, "so at least I got to work behind hitters and get out of bad counts, so that's a positive."

Leake finished with three strikeouts and one walk on the day.


Reds, Mike Leake avoid arbitration with $9.775 million deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Pitcher Mike Leake avoided arbitration with Reds, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $9.775 million deal prior to Friday's deadline, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Leake  logged 214 1/3 innings in 2014. He went 11-13 with a 3.70 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and 164:50 K:BB ratio in 33 starts.

Reds more likely to trade Leake, Latos than Cueto, Chapman


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Although the Reds have received calls on the availability of pitchers Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman, it is more likely that Mike Leake or Mat Latos would be dealt this offseason instead, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said they were "close" to a couple of trades on Tuesday, but both fell through, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. When asked about rumors of a Chapman trade, Jocketty said, "I'll listen to anything that makes sense. It was not something we initiated."


Reds will likely trade one 2016 free-agent class starting pitcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Tuesday he suspects he will have to trade one of the four starting pitchers due to hit the free-agent market next offseason, according to the Boston Herald

Johnny Cueto, Alfredo Simon, Mat Latos and Mike Leake are all set to become free agents after the 2015 season. Jocketty said he would like to keep Cueto.


Rival execs say Reds willing to entertain offers for starters


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/10/2014) Rival executives say the Reds are "listening" to what teams may offer for certain members of their starting rotation, reports CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon all are eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, though it's unlikely the team would trade its ace, Cueto, the report said.

Heyman noted that "Latos recent history of injuries might limit his value, Leake has a decent pay day coming as a fifth-year arbitration eligible player and Simon wasn't as good in the second half after a big beginning last year. So none of those pitchers would bring anything close to the kind of haul Cueto could potentially bring."


Mike Leake fans eight in final start of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake put together a dominant outing Friday night at home against the Pirates. However, he was unable to factor into the decision, as the Pirates scored two runs in the eighth inning to defeat Cincinnati 3-1.

Leake served up a solo home run in the fifth inning for his only blemish of the night. The right-hander permitted one run on three hits and two walks while striking out eight over seven innings of work. Of his 106 pitches, 69 were strikes.

Leake ends his 2014 campaign 11-13 with a 3.70 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and 164:50 K:BB ratio over 33 starts (214 1/3 innings).


Mike Leake knocked around Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake got knocked around Saturday against the Cardinals.

Leake allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked two during the outing. After a scoreless first, the Cardinals were able to get to Leake. With two outs in the second inning, the team mounted a mini-rally. After a double and a walk, Tony Cruz belted a three-run shot to left. A home run sunk Leake in the third inning as well. After hitting the leadoff man, Kolten Wong smacked a two-run shot. Leake would give up another run in the fifth inning, but it was due to an error. The run would be unearned. 

With the loss, Leake dropped to 11-13. He’ll take on the Pirates in his next start. 


Mike Leake suffering from dead arm


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake offered an explanation for his so-so start Sunday at Milwaukee. According to MLB.com, he wasn't pitching at 100 percent.

"I had a little dead arm today," he said. "I didn't have the full ability to give full effort today. Dead arm can get you. It's one of those things that's hard to explain, but everybody understands what it is."

Leake, who has a 7.31 ERA in three September starts, has thrown 202 1/3 innings this season, eclipsing 200 for the first time.

"Certainly not his best stuff, or more importantly, his best command," Reds manager Bryan Pricesaid. "He was behind a lot, yanking a lot of pitches off the plate. That doesn't happen very often with Leaker."

Leake's next start is scheduled for Saturday at St. Louis.


Mike Leake pitches decently in losing effort


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/14/2014) Reds pitcher Mike Leake allowed three runs over six innings and took the loss in Sunday's 9-2 defeat at Milwaukee. Leake (11-12) yielded eight hits and three walks while striking out three.

It was Leake's first loss since Aug. 13. He'll try to bounce back Sunday at St. Louis.