The Cincinnati Reds last night signed their first two picks of the 2009 first-year player draft, eighth selection overall RHP Mike Leake (6-0, 180) from Arizona State University and supplemental first-round pick RHP Brad Boxberger (6-2, 185) out of the University of Southern California.
Leake, 21, was the first pitcher selected by the Reds in the first round since RHP Homer Bailey in 2004. He was the first collegiate pitcher selected by the Reds in the opening round since RHP Ryan Wagner in 2003. The Reds had selected a position player with their first pick in each of the previous four drafts: 1B Yonder Alonso (2008), C Devin Mesoraco (2007), OF Drew Stubbs (2006) and OF Jay Bruce (2005).
Boxberger, 21, was selected in the supplemental first round (43rd overall). In his 3-year career with the Trojans, he went 11-12 with a 3.81 ERA. He was an All-Pac 10 selection as a junior and was a freshman All-America second-team pick.
Both Leake and Boxberger will be at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night.