Just to clarify, here are a few of our reasons for endorsing Sam LeCure for Fan’s Choice Bobblehead.
1. Why not?
2. We LOVE that he and other Reds’ minor-league pitchers with whom many Reds fans aren’t familiar were included on the reds.com ballot. Seriously. Not making fun. It’s a LOT less boring than just throwing Harang, Arroyo, Volquez, Cueto and Cordero on the ballot and saying, “Pick from one of those.”
3. It’s really not JUST the “middle-aged-dude-to-randomly-say-what-the-hell-is-this??-when-they-are-handed-their-bobblehead-at-the-gate” factor as Dan explained in the original post. Look, our main man Sam is F’reel! He’s 24, he’s got a live arm and you’d better GET to know him if you don’t already because this guy is going to be in the Reds’ starting rotation before you know it. So it’ll be cool that you’ll have a bobblehead of him from the 2009 season when he’s our ace in like 2011 or 2012. It’ll be like getting a dude’s rookie card two years before his first cup of coffee in the bigs. Now we have no idea when Sam is going to make his mark as a Red … it could very well be sooner than that. The point is … embrace him, get to know him and vote daily now through April 30 at reds.com so that a Sam LeCure bobblehead can be yours July 18.
ALL ABOUT SAM
Full Name: Samuel R. LeCure
Born: May 4, 1984 in Jefferson City, Missouri
Height: 6-1 Weight: 190
Bats: Right Throws: Right
High School: Helias (Jefferson City, Missouri)
College: University of Texas
Drafted: Selected by Cincinnati Reds in 4th Round (122nd overall) of June 2005 amateur entry draft
LeCure went 5-1 with a 3.27 ERA at Billings in 2005. He had a 3.43 ERA in 27 starts in Sarasota in 2006, and he was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga after one dominant effort (in which he struck out 8 in 5 innings and allowed just two hits) in Sarasota to begin the 2007 season.
In Chattanooga, he was 7-5 with a 4.17 ERA in 21 starts in 2007, with 8.5 K/9. Last year, he was the best pitcher the Reds had in Chattanooga, with a 9-7 record and impressive 3.42 ERA in 27 starts. He also was a Southern League All-Star, and he was the Reds’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June 2008. Which is why he started the ’09 season in Louisville, taking a loss in his first start despite throwing six strong innings and allowing three runs.
This guy’s star is on the rise. We’ve climbed aboard the Sam LeCure bandwagon and there’s still room for you! Please join us in voting daily for Sam through April 30.