Mike Leake, Starting Pitcher, Seattle Mariners
Date of Birth: 11/12/1987
Birthplace: San Diego, California
College: Arizona State University
Mike Leake, starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, 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 St. Louis 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.
The Cardinals traded Leake to the Mariners on August 30, 2017. He finished the 2017 season with 10 wins and 13 losses, 130 strikeouts to 37 walks, and a 3.92 ERA in 26 games with the Cardinals and 5 games with the Mariners.
Career pitching statistics for Leake through 2017 include:
- 238 games played
- 1,446.1 innings pitched
- 83-77 win-loss record
- 985 strikeouts to 342 walks
- 3.98 ERA