29-Year-Old Pitcher – St. Louis Cardinals
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Leake's skill set is pretty firmly established: he is a groundball control pitcher with modest strikeout rates and a bit of a homer issue. His ERA vacillates based on hit and home run suppression, whi...
Mike Leake Contract Information:
Agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with the Cardinals in December of 2015.
Leake (9-12) took the loss in his final start of the year after allowing two runs on five hits over five innings against the Reds on Wednesday. He struck out six and didn't issue a walk.
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|2015 (Multiple Teams)||27||MAJ||SF/CIN||30||30||1||192.0||174||79||22||119||49||11||10||0||0||0||3.70||1.16|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Mike Leake||3-Year Averages||31||31||0||194.3||198||86||21||136||43||10||11||0||0||0||3.98||1.24|
|Career (View All)||207||202||1||1,260.3||1,305||559||154||855||305||73||64||0||–||–||3.99||1.28|
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|Last 14 Games (Team)
2 Games Pitched: Avg. 4.2 IP/G
|Last 30 Games (Team)
5 Games Pitched: Avg. 4.9 IP/G
|Last 60 Games (Team)
10 Games Pitched: Avg. 5.4 IP/G
Mike Leake Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||G||GS||IP||K/9||BB/9||K/BB||HR/9||GB/FB Ratio||Strand %||Fastball||ERA||FIP||BABIP|
|2015 (Multiple Teams)||27||MAJ||SF/CIN||30||30||192.0||5.58||2.30||2.43||1.03||2.29||71.6%||90.9 MPH||3.70||4.24||.265|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Mike Leake||3-Year Averages||31||31||194.3||6.30||1.99||3.16||0.97||–||70.5%||–||3.98||3.87||.300|
2016 Stat Review for Mike Leake As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2015 (min 130 in)
A collection of stats that measure different skills.
A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.
Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.
St. Louis Cardinals Roster
MajorsAdams, Matt (1B)
AAAAnna, Dean (SS)
AACaldwell, Bruce (2B)
A+Alcantara, Sandy (P)
AArozarena, Randy (OF)
RookieCarlson, Dylan (1B)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Projection systems typically suggest that Leake overperforms his component stats, usually because he's a groundball pitcher (53.4% of batted balls against Leake in 2014 were on the ground) with a good defense behind him. However, Leake genuinely improved in 2014, raising his strikeout percentage from 15.2% to 18.2%, while retaining low walk and HR rates. While he'll never be a great source of strikeouts, if he can maintain a semblance of his 2014 strikeouts, solid results should follow. As is the case with ace Johnny Cueto, Leake is eligible to become a free agent after the 2015 season.
Despite multiple calls for manager Dusty Baker to pull Leake from the rotation, Baker persisted and kept Leake in there and was rewarded with a solid bounce back season, as Leake posted a 3.37 ERA and 1.25 WHIP while making 31 starts. However, there are some warning signs for those looking to invest for 2014. Leake is a pitch-to-contact hurler, cut out of the Bronson Arroyo mold. His strikeout rate remained perilously low (15.2%) and he struggled down the stretch with an extended workload, posting a 4.39 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over the last 60 days. Because he's well below league-average for a fantasy starting pitcher in strikeouts, Leake relies on the team context to provide value, and chances are the Reds will decline a little from the last two years, so he may not match the 14 wins he netted in 2013.
Leake has become a poor man's Bronson Arroyo on the mound, striking out just 5.8 K/9 last year while allowing 1.3 HR/9. By the time September rolled around, it was clear that Homer Bailey's spot in the rotation was secure for the playoffs and that Leake was the fifth starter and thus the odd man out in the playoffs. Johnny Cueto's ill-timed oblique injury pressed Leake into service and he was woefully inadequate against the Giants. The 2013 season presents a big challenge to Leake in saving his rotation spot, as prospects Anthony Cingrani and Daniel Corcino are knocking at the door. At least Leake can hit, though the value of that skill is diminished considerably if he's working out of the bullpen.
After an embarrassing shoplifting incident and a brief demotion in May, Leake once again outperformed expectations (and his component numbers) before getting shut down in mid-September. He's still not a dominant starter (6.33 K/9IP), but he has excellent control and ended up with modest improvements in his component numbers. He's unlikely to ever become an ace, but he could maintain a reasonable career as a third or fourth starter. When looking at his numbers, keep in mind that he has just two minor league appearances in his professional career.
Leake helped keep the Reds afloat early in the season when they were scuffling with Aaron Harang's slow start, but he declined sharply in the second half with a 6.91 ERA after the All-Star break. His drop-off can in part be attributed to fatigue, having never pitched as many innings as he did in his rookie season after bypassing the minors, and in part because he was overachieving to begin with - his xFIP ERA for April and May was nearly two runs higher than his actual ERA, and he faced only two above-average NL offenses in that stretch. Leake will have to earn his spot in the rotation in spring training, following the emergence of Travis Wood last season. He might very well begin 2011 in Triple-A Louisville.
The Reds drafted Leake with the eighth pick in the 2009 draft, with the expectation that he'll advance fairly rapidly. Leake sits between 88-92 mph with his fastball, but he has a complete four-pitch arsenal that also includes a curveball, slider and changeup. Further, he commands his pitches well and didn't show any hesitation to throw any of his pitches regardless of the count during a very successful collegiate career at Arizona State. His ceiling isn't as high as others in this draft class, but he'll ultimately profile as a No. 3 starter type. Look for him to debut in 2011.