Mike "Godzilla" Leake will be making history on Sunday afternoon. The
22-year-old right hander will become only the 21st player to skip the minor
leagues since the MLB draft began in 1965. Since Leake will not be added to
the Reds 25-man roster until Sunday, he has spent his short time in
Cincinnati watching games from the clubhouse. The last Reds players to skip
the minors were shortstop Bobby Hendrich, pitcher Jay Hook, and catcher Don
Pavletich. All three made their major league debuts in 1957. The most recent
Major Leaguer to accomplish the feat was Xavier Nady, who did it in 2000
with the Padres. Walt Jocketty said this about "Godzilla":
very confident in his ability to pitch at a high level. He demonstrated that
this spring. We drafted him with the idea he was going to be a guy that
would get to the big leagues quick. We didn't figure it would be this
Mike Leake will face Tom Gorzelanny and the Cubs at 1:10pm on Sunday.
Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman will make his American Debut on Sunday.
Playing for the Louisville Bats, Chapman will face the Toledo Mud Hens at
2:00 pm. The game will be
available to watch online at MLB.com.
The Reds lost to the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Saturday. Reds' starter Aaron
Harang went seven innings allowing three earned runs on four hits. All three
of Harang's runs were the result of homers. Brandon Phillips hit a two run
shot in the third inning. The game was tied until the eighth inning when
Arthur Rhodes allowed a solo-homerun to Cubs' pinch hitter Jeff Baker.