Mike Leake, Starting Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals, #8
Date of Birth: 11/12/1987
Birthplace: San Diego, California
College: Arizona State University
Current Salary: $15,000,000
Mike Leake, starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, started playing baseball at the age of five. By the time he was in high school, he was a star player. In his senior year, he finished with an 11-1 record and a 1.87 ERA. He was also an excellent hitter and he finished that final year with a .342 batting average and 8 home runs. During his high school years, he won his league's Cy Young award twice and he was their Pitcher of the Year twice. He then went on to be a top player at Arizona State University.
Leake was first drafted in 2006 by the Oakland Athletics but he opted instead to continue at ASU. Three years later, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. He went from his signing with the Reds in 2009 to pitching in 24 games with them in 2010. He finished that season with an 8-4 record and a 4.23 ERA.
Leake had a strong season in 2013 when he finished with a career low ERA of 3.37. He had a career high 14 wins (to 7 losses) and 122 strikeouts to 48 walks in 192.1 innings in 31 games. He finished the 2014 season with an 11-13 record, a career high 164 strikeouts to 50 walks, and a 3.70 ERA in 214.1 innings in 33 games.
Leake was traded to the San Francisco Giants on July 30, 2015. He finished the season with an 11-10 record, 119 strikeouts to 49 walks, and a 3.70 ERA in 21 games with the Reds and 9 games with the Giants.
Leake signed a five-year, $80 million dollar contract with the Cardinals on December 22, 2015. The contract includes a mutual option for a sixth year. He finished the 2016 season with a 4.69 ERA, 9 wins to 12 losses, and 125 strikeouts to 30 walks in 176.2 innings in 30 games.
Career pitching statistics for Leake through 2016 include:
- 207 games played
- 1,260.1 innings pitched
- 73-64 win-loss record
- 855 strikeouts to 305 walks
- 3.99 ERA