Originally Posted by Kc61
Bailey doesn't have a lot of AAA inning because he was promoted to the major leagues. So I don't think it is fair to isolate his AAA numbers that way, he pitched several games at a higher level last year
Maloney only pitched 17.2 at AAA but threw about 170 innings in High A ball in 2006 and again in AA/AAA in 2007. That's plenty of minor league innings. Again, would only include him if he shows he is ready, he's more of a finesse guy and may not be ready. But he's thrown a lot of minor league innings already.
As for Cueto, he apparently has such a great arm, I think the Reds may really be losing something by having him throw in the minors again. Use him cautiously, sure, but let's get his stuff to the show.
With respect to all the other names being mentioned as "ahead" of Bailey and Cueto on the pecking order, I don't think advancement to the big leagues is by seniority. When you have big time talent, it generally shows in the majors pretty quickly.
Innings at different levels are not created equal. Great success in high A or AA simply means you are ready to go the next league, not that you are ready for the majors. If anything, time has shown us that every subsequent move up the chain is a bigger jump than the one before it.
Being "ready" to move beyond AA and being ready to join a major league rotation are two very different things.
As for Bailey's stint in the majors in 2007, 45 innings of flailing in the majors does not equal 45 innings of dominating in AAA. If anything can be gleaned from it, it's that he should have spent more time in AAA before making the jump.
And I'd go back to Johan as well. It was his 3rd season pitching in the majors before he had success.