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Mike Leake

29-Year-Old Pitcher – St. Louis Cardinals

2016 Stats

W-L

9-12

ERA

4.69

WHIP

1.32

K

125

SV

0

2016 Preseason Projections

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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...

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2016 ADP:  254.21

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 10"   WT: 170   DOB: 11/12/1987   BORN: San Diego, CA   COLLEGE: Arizona State   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Mike Leake Contract Information:

Agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with the Cardinals in December of 2015.

September 28, 2016  –  Mike Leake News

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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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Mike Leake Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2010 22 MAJ CIN 24 22 0 138.3 158 65 19 91 49 8 4 0 0 0 4.23 1.50
2011 23 AAA LOU 2 1 0 7.1 12 8 3 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 9.82 1.69
2011 23 MAJ CIN 29 26 0 167.7 159 72 23 118 38 12 9 0 0 0 3.86 1.17
2012 24 MAJ CIN 30 30 0 179.0 201 91 26 116 41 8 9 0 0 0 4.58 1.35
2013 25 MAJ CIN 31 31 0 192.3 193 72 21 122 48 14 7 0 0 0 3.37 1.25
2014 26 MAJ CIN 33 33 0 214.3 217 88 23 164 50 11 13 0 0 0 3.70 1.25
2015 27 MAJ SF 9 9 1 55.3 51 25 8 29 15 2 5 0 0 0 4.07 1.19
2015 27 MAJ CIN 21 21 0 136.7 123 54 14 90 34 9 5 0 0 0 3.56 1.15
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
2016 28 MAJ STL 30 30 0 176.7 203 92 20 125 30 9 12 0 0 0 4.69 1.32
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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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Mike Leake Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Sep. 28 Cin 5.0 5 2 2 0 0 6 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.69 1.32
Sep. 23 @ChC 3.3 7 5 5 0 3 1 0 2 0 L 0 0 0 4.72 1.33
Sep. 17 @SF 6.0 7 2 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.54 1.30
Sep. 12 ChC 6.0 6 4 3 2 1 4 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.60 1.29
Sep. 7 @Pit 4.3 9 3 3 0 1 3 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 4.61 1.30
Aug. 21 @Phi 7.0 7 0 0 0 1 8 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 4.56 1.27
Aug. 14 @ChC 6.0 6 3 3 0 1 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.78 1.28
Aug. 9 Cin 6.0 6 3 3 0 4 0 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.79 1.28
Aug. 4 @Cin 5.0 8 7 7 0 1 2 1 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.80 1.26
Jul. 29 @Mia 5.0 7 6 6 2 0 3 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 4.50 1.24
Last 14 Games (Team)
2 Games Pitched:  Avg. 4.2 IP/G
8.3 12 7 7 0 3 7 0 2 0 0-2 0 0 0 7.56 1.80
Last 30 Games (Team)
5 Games Pitched:  Avg. 4.9 IP/G
24.7 34 16 15 2 6 17 0 3 0 0-3 0 0 0 5.47 1.62
Last 60 Games (Team)
10 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.4 IP/G
53.7 68 35 34 4 13 34 3 3 0 2-4 0 0 0 5.70 1.51

Mike Leake Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201635259188717113.269
2015431612410518214.262
2014392542110530110.290

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201640566121162227.304
20153475825691818.218
20145101102911222213.242

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201680.02705710114.501.18
201590.06405729104.601.37
201499.3660922473.261.16

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201696.7750682094.841.44
2015102.05606220122.910.98
2014115.05707226164.071.32
Mike Leake Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2010 22 MAJ CIN 24 22 138.3 5.92 3.19 1.86 1.24 1.62 75.5% 88.7 MPH 4.23 4.80 .317
2011 23 AAA LOU 2 1 7.1 6.34 0.00 0.00 3.80 44.4% 9.82 7.28 .375
2011 23 MAJ CIN 29 26 167.7 6.33 2.04 3.11 1.23 1.56 71.8% 89.1 MPH 3.86 4.40 .277
2012 24 MAJ CIN 30 30 179.0 5.83 2.06 2.83 1.31 1.69 69.9% 89.6 MPH 4.58 4.53 .310
2013 25 MAJ CIN 31 31 192.3 5.71 2.25 2.54 0.98 1.71 76.8% 90.2 MPH 3.37 4.19 .290
2014 26 MAJ CIN 33 33 214.3 6.89 2.10 3.28 0.97 2.29 73.4% 90.7 MPH 3.70 3.95 .306
2015 27 MAJ SF 9 9 55.3 4.72 2.44 1.93 1.30 2.11 70.7% 90.9 MPH 4.07 4.90 .253
2015 27 MAJ CIN 21 21 136.7 5.93 2.24 2.65 0.92 2.37 72% 90.9 MPH 3.56 4.00 .270
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
2016 28 MAJ STL 30 30 176.7 6.37 1.53 4.17 1.02 2.39 66.2% 90.6 MPH 4.69 3.88 .329
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3-Year Averages     31 31 194.3 6.30 1.99 3.16 0.97 70.5% 3.98 3.87 .300
Career     207 202 1,260.3 6.11 2.18 2.80 1.10 72.2% 3.99 4.18 .299

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2016 Stat Review for Mike Leake    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2015 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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4.17 K/BB
GOOD
6.37 K/9
POOR
1.53 BB/9
ELITE
90.6 MPH Fastball
WEAK
1.0 HR/9
AVERAGE
2.39 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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4.69 ERA
POOR
1.32 WHIP
WEAK
3.88 FIP
AVERAGE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.329 BABIP
HIGH
66.2% Strand Rate
LOW

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Mike Leake: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Leake (9-11) gave up five earned runs on seven hits, two wild pitches and three walks over 3.1 innings in Friday's 5-0 loss to the Cubs. He also recorded a strikeout.

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Leake allowed just two runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in Saturday's start versus the Giants. He did not factor into the decision.

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Leake (9-10) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts over six innings in a loss Monday to the Cubs.

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Leake (illness) made his return from the DL Wednesday, pitching 4.1 innings in a no-decision versus the Pirates. He allowed three runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out three.

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Leake (illness) is set to start Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

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Leake (illness) is ready to rejoin the Cardinals' rotation, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Leake (illness) is expected to rejoin the team this weekend, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

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The Cardinals placed Leake on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to his case of the shingles.

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Leake will not start Saturday's game against the A's due to a case of the shingles, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2016

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2015

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.

2014

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.

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.

2012

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.

2011

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.

2010

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.