Re: 7/12 Minors Updates: Homer on the mound, Bruce in CF, Janish at SS
Sadly, much of what the Reds have done with this kid over the last five weeks has been nothing less than totally irresponsible, and now it already looks like the team may be paying the ultimate price for some of those mistakes.
I'm not particularly worried about an injury -- though of course it's possible -- because his fastball has looked very good to me. But I agree that the handling of Bailey has been questionable. Ballyhooed promotion (following promises that once he was up they wanted him to stay up), then semi-cryptic demotion after a nice 5-inning, 2-hit start. We'll see how this plays out, but while I can accept that Homer's introduction to the big leagues can serve as a kind of finishing school, I question what looks like a more strenuous attempt to overhaul the kid (windup adjustments from Pole and AAA refresher, at least, so far). My dread comes from the suspicion that the organization is confused about how to handle him and that this will end up screwing up his development.
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini