Aug. 17, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Leake's Thank You Letter to ASU Fans
Arizona State University right handed pitcher Mike Leake, who was the 8th overall selection by Cincinnati Reds in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, signed a professional contract with the Reds today. That ends one of the most decorated and dominant collegiate baseball careers in recent history.
Leake, who was the highest Sun Devil drafted since 1998 (Ryan Mills, #6 to Minnesota), finished his Arizona State career with a 40-6 record, 2.91 ERA, 360 strikeouts against only 73 walks and 11 complete games. Leake also played seven different positions over his three seasons (all but third base and catcher). He hit .299 in his 71 games as a pinch hitter or position player, collecting 29 hits in 97 at-bats, two homers and 20 runs batted in.
His 40 career wins ties him with Eddie Bane for the third most wins in school history and second most in the Aluminum Bat Era (1974-Present). He won at least 10 games in each of his three seasons in Tempe, becoming only the second player in school history to win at least 10 in three straight years. His 16 wins as a junior led the nation, and his 1.71 ERA in 2009 was second lowest in the country. Leake, the team co-captain in 2009, led Arizona State to an unprecedented three straight Pacific-10 Conference titles, two College World Series appearances and made it to at least the Super Regionals every year he was in Tempe. He twice led the Pac-10 in victories (2007 and 2009), innings pitched (2008 and 2009) and once in strikeouts (2009).
Not only did Leake excel on the field, but in the classroom as well. He was named First Team Academic All-Pac-10 both years he was eligible, as well as an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII selection. He was named the 2009 Academic All-American of the Year by ESPN The Magazine and CoSIDA.
Below is a list of Leake’s career accomplishments from 2007 to 2009:
· Three Time First Team All-Pac-10 selection
· 2009 ABCA National Player of the Year
· 2009 CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Pitcher of the Year
· 2009 Golden Spikes Award Finalist
· 2009 Dick Howser Trophy Finalist
· 2009 National Pitcher of the Year Finalist
· 2008 Roger Clemens Award Semifinalist
· First Team Freshman All-American
· 2008 and 2009 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year (only back-to-back winner in history)
· Three Time All-American, including unanimous selection in 2009
· 2008 and 2009 First Team Academic All-Pac-10
· 2009 Academic All American of the Year
· 2007 and 2009 Tempe Regional Most Outstanding Player
· 2008 All-Tempe Regional Team
· 2007 All-Houston College Classic Team
· 2008 and 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII selection
· Played for Team USA in 2008, winning gold medals in two tournaments