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Friday, July 31, 2015

Mike Leake Goes To San Francisco Reds Pitching Gets Younger

The Reds knew they couldn't keep Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey.

They knew they couldn't sign them all.  Bailey was signed to a six-year deal last spring, becoming the only holdover from the young starting rotation that led the Reds to three playoff appearances in four seasons.

Veteran Bronson Arroyo left two years ago.  His replacements Alfredo Simon and Mat Latos were traded for younger players.
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Now Cueto and Leake become expendable and will command a lot of money next year when their contracts expire.

The Reds' pitching staff is now full of rookie starters.  Anthony DeSclafani, Josh Smith, Jon Moscot, Michael Lorenzen, David Holmberg and Raisel Iglesias have all started games for the Reds. Former starter and by former, I mean a week removed, Keyvius Sampson made his Major League debut out of the bullpen on Monday.

Less than two hours after the game, the Reds announced that Leake was traded to San Francisco for infielder Adam Duvall, a Louisville, Kentucky native who was at Triple A Sacramento, and the Giants' top pitching prospect RHP Keury Mella.

Leake left on a high note with a 9-5 record. He allowed just two runs in his last 30 innings as a Red.

Mella is 21 years old from Bonao, Dominican Republic.  He was pitching in High A at San Jose in the Giants' system. Mella is 6'2" and 200 lbs. He was 5-3 with a 3.31 ERA at San Jose in 16 starts.

Duvall was the Giants' 11th round pick in the 2010 draft out of the University of Louisville. He is 6'1", 205 lbs.  Duvall made his Major League debut in San Francisco against the Reds on June 26, 2014.  He was 1-for-4 with a home run off Leake, one of four hits Leake allowed in a 3-1 Reds' win.

Duvall played in 28 games for the Giants in 2014 and hit .192 with three home runs and five RBI in 73 at bats. He struck out 20 times. Duvall was 2-for-7 as a pinch hitter with one of his home runs and two of his RBI coming off the bench.

At Sacramento, Duvall was hitting .279 with 26 home runs and 79 RBI. He also hit 25 doubles and two triples, stole four bases and walked 25 times.  Duvall struck out 90 times in 398 at bats. He got on base at a .323 clip with a slugging percentage at .548.

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