Re: Bailey - Ride to Stardom or Cut Bait?
He simply does not have the stuff. Consistently around 91-92mph and doesn't hit his spots with his fastball. His breaking ball does have some good break (but inconsistent) and can't throw it over the plate. I'm just not evaluating Bailey on this past season's "stuff" but also his debut. Ya he came out that first inning on his major league career hitting 97-98mph...but come the second inning he wasn't nearly around that. I think he is the result of a lot of hype from an organization that hasn't seen a top of the line starter since who know when.
All that said and I haven't even began on his diva issues.
My idea (if Cincy should keep him around). Move him to the pen. There he could possibly crank it up for an inning or two at 95mph+ and concentrate on developing just one secondary pitch. Now, I'm definately one to value starting pitching over EVERYTHING but honestly I don't think Bailey will be a "good" starter. However, I think he could develope into a "good" reliever.....but who knows how he would take that move.....my guess is he would throw a fit.
I'll be the first to eat crow. However, if I hadn't heard a thing about Homer (scouting report, hype, ect) and just saw him pitch and evaluated him purely on stuff.........nothing would stand out.