Originally Posted by M2
jojo made a good point that Homer Bailey gets more interesting with every year that passes without an arm injury.
My excitement is tempered by the fact that he also gets more disappointing with every year that passes where he is unable to command a 3rd pitch reliably or keep his walks under control.
I'm thrilled he saw the bigs injury-free -- that is about as big a moral victory as you can have. I don't think it's "hating" on Homer to demand better performance than a +5 BB/9 and a sub-6 K/9 from your top pitching prospect. He was average at AAA in 2007 and outright sucked in the bigs; any talk of groin injuries is merely mitigation of that fact.
Homer has a lot to prove in 2008. I don't doubt the talent is there (they don't just hand out slots on the Top-10 list at BA), and I never expected the ride to be smooth, but the kid needs to show improvement in key areas for me to continue being optimistic about his future as a contributing member of the Reds.
One thing I think nobody would disagree with: the team did him zero favors by exposing him to the majors before he was ready.