|Current Team:||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Birth Day:||November 12, 1987|
|Birth Place:||San Diego, United States|
|Height:||in centimeters - N/A|
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He attended Valley Center High School and Fallbrook High School.
His freshman and sophomore years, Leake attended Valley Center High School, where he started on the varsity baseball team. Leake transferred to Fallbrook High School, where he lettered in baseball two years and was co-team captain for the baseball team his senior season. He graduated in 2006.
Leake was drafted out of high school in 2006 by the Oakland Athletics in the seventh round (218th overall), but chose instead to attend college. The Cincinnati Reds re-drafted him eighth overall in the 2009 draft, which Leake accepted. He received a $2.3 million signing bonus and was signed to a $400,000 contract. He played for the Peoria Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League, winning the Arizona Fall League Rising Star Award.
Continuing where he left off at the end of his freshman year, Leake had an 11–3 record with a save and a 3.49 ERA in his 19 appearances, 16 of which were starts. Having totaled 24 career victories through this point in his collegiate career, Leake became one of only nine Sun Devils to reach 20 career wins. He also was one of only three Sun Devils to have done so by their sophomore year. He also batted .340 with 2 homers and 11 RBI in 47 at-bats while playing first base, second base, shortstop, left field, center field, and right field. He hit his first career home run against UCLA on May 4, 2008.
In 2010, Leake competed for the Reds' fifth starter spot and ultimately won a spot on the Reds' twenty-five man roster amid competition from veterans Mike Lincoln, Justin Lehr, and Micah Owings and young pitchers Travis Wood and Aroldis Chapman. Leake's contract was purchased on April 11, 2010. To make room for him, the Reds optioned Juan Francisco to the Louisville Bats, the Reds AAA minor league affiliate. They also designated Pedro Viola for assignment. Leake became 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").
Leake made his major league debut on April 11, 2010, in a 3–1 victory against the Chicago Cubs. On May 15, 2010, Leake earned his fourth career win. With a career record of 4–0 at that point, he became the first Reds rookie starting pitcher to open 4–0 since Pat Zachry and Santo Alcalá did so in 1976. Leake became the first rookie pitcher in Reds' history to remain undefeated after his 10th start by throwing six innings of shutout ball on May 30, 2010, against the Houston Astros.
On June 5, 2010, against the Washington Nationals, Leake earned his fifth victory. With this win, Leake moved to 5–0 in his career and joined Santo Alcalá as the only rookies in Reds history to begin their careers with that record. Leake began to suffer from shoulder fatigue as the season progressed, and he was eventually put on the disabled list (DL). He came off the DL in mid-September and joined the Reds as part of expanded rosters, but never pitched. Leake did throw a bullpen session late in the month, but was determined to be not ready for pitching in the post season and effectively "shut down" once again. He did see action as a pinch-runner and pinch-hitter in the month after showing his hitting ability during the season.
On April 18, 2011, Leake was arrested by the Cincinnati Police for shoplifting six American Rag T-shirts worth $59.88 from the Macy's store in downtown Cincinnati, after he removed their price tags and tried to leave without paying for them. He had purchased an equal value of shirts earlier from Macy's, claimed he was trying to make an even exchange without talking to employees or going to customer service. Leake was charged with theft, a first-degree misdemeanor in Ohio that carried a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail if convicted. Leake had no known prior convictions. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of unauthorized use of property and entered a court-sponsored diversion program and was required to complete 30 hours of community service and counseling, upon which his case was dismissed. Leake apologized and called his mistake "a boneheaded move".
On May 21, 2012, Leake hit the first home run of his career, off Mike Minor of the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning of a game at Great American Ball Park. On June 29, 2012 Leake threw his first complete game against the San Francisco Giants in a 5–1 victory. Leake made his first postseason appearance in the 4th game of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants. Leake surrendered a leadoff home run to the first batter of the game, Ángel Pagán. The Giants would go on to win by a final of 8–3.
In 2013, Leake's father Chris suffered a fall off a roof that left him paralyzed from the waist down. This incident played a factor in Leake's desire to sign with the Diamondbacks before the 2016 season, and ultimately asking to be traded there at the 2019 trade deadline.
On July 30, 2015, Leake was traded to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for pitching prospect Keury Mella and minor league third baseman Adam Duvall as the Giants hoped Leake would help the team as they pushed for a playoff berth. Leake was scratched from his second scheduled start with the Giants due to a strained hamstring and was placed on the disabled list. On August 22 he was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Leake produced mostly disappointing results for the Giants. He was able to pitch at least six innings in seven of his nine starts but only able to win two of the nine games while posting a 4.07 earned run average.
On December 22, 2015, Leake signed a five-year, $80 million contract ($16M/yr) with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was given jersey number 8, the same number he wore while playing for Arizona State.
On August 30, 2017, the Cardinals traded Leake and international signing bonus space to the Seattle Mariners for Rayder Ascanio. He made his Mariners debut on September 1 against the Oakland Athletics, allowing only two earned runs on eight hits and a walk over seven innings to pick up his first win as a Mariner. In five starts with the Mariners, he finished strong with a 3–1 record with 2.53 ERA, 27 strikeouts, and 2 walks in 32 innings pitched.
On June 29, 2020, Leake became the first player in MLB to announce he would not participate in the shortened 2020 season during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leake's agent, Dan Horwits, stated the decision was "not easy" for Leake and that he expected to play in 2021.
On October 28, 2020, the Diamondbacks declined an $18 million option on Leake's contract for the 2021 season, instead paying him a $5 million buyout, and he was declared a free agent.
Mike's parents are named Chris and Sarah.
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