Who is this? Cincinnati Red pitcher Michael Leake What is this? An autographed card from the 2009 TriStar Prospects Plus set
Where'd I get it? I wrote to Leake c/o the Reds during the first week of the season and asked him to sign it; I got it back a couple weeks later. How much did it cost? Fifty cents for the card, plus postage
Why is this so special? For all the hype that Stephen Strasburg is getting, Leake is the first member of the 2009 draft class to reach the majors. Through four starts, he's 2-0 with a 3.25 ERA.
I'll get my first look at Leake in about an hour when he faces the New York Mets.
Leake has a surprisingly readable signature and was nice enough to personalize the card for me.
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