The longtime Cincinnati Reds starter had a tale of two seasons in 2015. In Leake’s 21 starts with the Reds he complied a 3.56 ERA with a 1.149 WHIP in 136 2/3 innings pitched before being dealt to the San Fransisco Giants. Once in San Francisco colors, Leake started to have hamstring issues which limited him to only nine starts after being traded.
If you want to talk about the definition of consistency, the 27-year-old righty has been just that. Over the last three seasons, Leake has averaged 200 innings, while abusing the strike zone, only walking 147 batters in nearly 600 innings pitched, and sported a 3.56 ERA in that time period.
Being only 27 with a consistent track record, Leake is someone that could not only fill the middle of the Tigers rotation in 2016, but for years to come.