Michael Raymond "Mike" Leake (born November 12, 1987), is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball. Leake is the first player since Xavier Nady, when he was with the San Diego Padres in 2000, to go directly from the draft to the major leagues, and is the first starting pitcher to accomplish the feat since left-hander, Jim Abbott, of the California Angels in 1989. He also was the first Cincinnati Red to do so since the abolition of the Bonus Rule after the 1965 season (shortstop Bobby Henrich, pitcher Jay Hook, and catcher Don Pavletich, who did so in 1957, all were "Bonus Babies").
By Dean Hanley
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