Re: Are the Reds hurting Bailey's development
The only thing that's hurting Bailey's development is the club pushing him to be ready before he is ready. He's got pitches to polish and a body to fill out. He's thrown a grand total of 135.1 IP in the upper minors and he probably needs something more like 300. He's never throw more than 138 IP in a season. He hasn't been around high A, AA or AAA long enough to allow hitters to adjust to him (and it's entirely possible they could). He can't put the ball where he wants it on a consistent basis and that's just begging for trouble in the majors.
Pitching development isn't for those who demand instant gratification. It's a long process, fraught with setbacks, requiring the franchise to show patience even it seems perfectly rational to jump a kid ahead. If Homer Bailey can stay healthy then maybe in another two years the Reds will have themselves a pitcher who can do something notable in the majors.
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