The file on Mike Leake
Mike Leake was born in San Diego, Calif., and grew up in Valley Center. He transferred to Fallbrook High School, where he lettered in baseball two years and was co-team captain for the baseball team his senior season. Leake was drafted out of high school in 2006 by the Oakland Athletics in the seventh round (No. 218 overall), but chose to attend college instead.
Making a name
Leake attended Arizona State University from 2007-09. He began his career as a closer for the Sun Devils, but soon became a starter. In 2007, Leake had a 13-2 record and a 3.69 ERA in his 25 appearances, 13 of which were starts. His 13 wins were the third most in school history by a freshman. He was named first-team All-Pac-10. In 2008, his sophomore season, Leake had an 11-3 record and a 3.49 ERA in his 19 appearances (16 starts). Leake led the Pac-10 with 121.1 innings pitched and was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. He was also named first-team All-Pac-10 again. In 2009, Leake went 16-1 with a 1.71 ERA, 142 innings pitched, and 162 strikeouts, limiting batters to a .193 average, the second lowest in the Pac-10 that season. He threw seven complete games, including back-to-back shutouts, and compiled 26 straight scoreless innings at one point.
The Cincinnati Reds selected the Arizona State pitcher No. 8 overall in the 2009 MLB Draft, which Leake accepted.
Welcome to the bigs
Leake made his major league debut on April 11, 2010, in a 3–1 victory against the Chicago Cubs. He went 8-4 that season with a 4.23 ERA, appearing in 24 games.
Established MLB starter
Leake reached double-digit wins in his second season in 2011, going 12-9 with a 3.86 ERA. The next season he went 8-9 with a 4.58 ERA. In 2013, Leake finished with a career-best 14-7 record and 3.37 ERA. In 2014, he won 11 games and posted a 3.70 ERA.
Finding a new home
In 2015, Leake went 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 21 games for Cincinnati. The 27-year-old has been one of the league’s best pitchers in July, going 4-1 with a 1.25 ERA in five starts. On Thursday, July 30, the Reds traded him to the San Francisco Giants for highly-touted right-hander Keury Mella and third baseman Adam Duvall.