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Articles Tagged Mike Leake 

Articles Tagged Mike Leake

BP.com's original column launched in 1996, TA has been where Christina Kahrl ponders the implications of recent roster moves, their impact on managerial tactics or how they reflect organizational behavior. Plus a few too many references to things that have nothing to do with baseball.

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April 11, 2010 2:15 am

Transaction Action: Going to Dozens

7

Christina Kahrl

The Cubs' pen problem, plus teams move to that all-important seventh reliever.

ANAHEIM ANGELS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Optioned 4C-R Robb Quinlan to Salt Lake (Triple-A); purchased the contract of RHP Bobby Cassevah from Salt Lake. [4/9]

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January 26, 2010 11:56 am

Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects

33

Kevin Goldstein

A shallow system made noise in the draft and has been shored up with some international shopping.

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The Reds' scouting director discusses the club's decision to sign Cuban power lefty Aroldis Chapman.

When the Reds signed Aroldis Chapman to a $30.25 million deal, they shocked legions of baseball fans more accustomed to seeing expensive international talent inked by big-market clubs. The often-penurious Cincinnati ballclub wasn't seen as a likely destination for the fireballing 21-year-old Cuban, but much to the delight of Reds fans everywhere, Aroldis and his 100 mph heater are headed to Great American Ballpark. Still, despite his sky-high ceiling, Chapman remains a relatively unknown commodity. To learn more about him, Baseball Prospectus checked in with the club's senior director of scouting, Chris Buckley.

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June 12, 2009 11:39 am

Wait 'Til Next Year: The Final Eight

4

Bryan Smith

Winnowing the wheat from the chaff out in the grain belt.

With the draft now in the rear-view mirror, college baseball's focus returns to the diamond in the weekend ahead, as eight programs have made the annual trek to Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska for the College World Series. Four months ago, when I released my Pre-season NCAA Top 25, half of the CWS teams were in the top eight: Louisiana State, Texas, Cal State Fullerton, and North Carolina. I said then that "six programs stood out as the cream of the crop," and 60 games later, two-thirds of those praised programs validated the rankings. Arizona State, who found a home at #23 near the bottom of the rankings, as well as Arkansas, Virginia, and Southern Miss, proved themselves consistently during the season to make it this far. In Omaha, as Fresno State proved a year ago, all teams are equal.

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Who went where, with a blow-by-blow as the action unfolded.

1. Washington Nationals
Pick: Stephen Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State
Kevin Goldstein Says:
"Congrats Nats fan, you just got a potential franchise-changing talent. Now the REAL fun begins with the negotiation. I really should start a pool on bonus and total package. I'm guessing $8-9 million dollar bonus and total package around $25 million"
Quotable: "The first thing I'd say is 'good luck.' Then I'd say sit on the fastball, because at least you know he's going to throw strikes. So just step in there and compete and try not to strike out on three pitches."-Texas Christian infielder Ben Carruthers, on how to hit Strasburg.
Read more about Strasburg here.





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June 9, 2009 12:40 pm

Future Shock: The Mock Draft

29

Kevin Goldstein

One expert's educated guesstimate on how things will go down later today.

This one could be a mess folks, and it's all about bonus demands at this point. Right now, you have as many as four high school pitchers-Jacob Turner, Tyler Matzek, Matt Purke, and Shelby Miller-looking for big, big money, with the first three all telling teams they're looking for Rick Porcello-level deals (or more). This has the potential to blow the first round wide open, and turn it into into a very college-oriented first 30 picks, with numerous top talents falling to later picks than initially expected. One team picking in the top ten I spoke to this morning said he still had very little idea of who was going to be picked ahead of his club's choice.

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June 5, 2009 12:00 am

Wait 'Til Next Year: Super Regional Preview

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Bryan Smith

Previewing what's to come in the next round of college baseball's postseason.

(1) Texas (Augie Garrido)
2009 Record: 44-13, 17-9 (Big XII)
Offense: .287/.377/.411
Pitching: 2.83 ERA, 443 H, 480 K, 161 BB in 531 IP.
Defense: .69524 DER (1st of 16 Super Regional teams)





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Sorting out who might go and in what order, after Strasburg goes first of course.

Now that we've moved into the final week before the draft, things have not really become any clearer-if anything, there's more confusion than ever, with many teams going silent as they enter all-day meetings in preparation for their picks. If there is any good news for those trying to prognosticate the selections, it's that after the slam dunk of Stephen Strasburg going first to the Nationals, the overwhelming consensus is that Seattle will take North Carolina's Dustin Ackley with the second pick. After that, it is, as they say, anybody's ballgame.

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May 21, 2009 11:28 am

Future Shock: Way Too Early Mock Draft

30

Kevin Goldstein

Three weeks out, a stab at figuring out who goes in the first round after the Nationals take Stephen Strasburg.

Doing a mock draft nearly three weeks before the real thing is an exercise that combines gathering intelligence with making a lot of dart throws-especially in this draft, where clarity ends after the first pick. Here are reactions from various agents, scouts, scouting directors, and front office officials when I contacted them in reference to this article.

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