Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
For me, the only thing numbers in low-A and high-A should be used for are "are you good enough to pitch in AA?" status. As of right now, Bailey hasn't done what he is supposed to be doing: dominating people who are of inferior talent level (compared to him).
When he drops his ERA and increases his K/9 and K/BB rates in Chattanooga, then you'll know it's time for Bailey to arrive.
I don't know how much more he could increase his K/9 over last year. 10.85/9. Kerry Wood averaged 11.09/9 in the minors. Roger Clemens 10.52/9. Randy Johnson 9.64/9. The only person that comes to mind drastically above Homer's ml k/9 for last year was Mark Prior. He had a ridiculous 14-15/9 number in the minors (in a very short ml stay).
I'll be the first to agree that Homer is several years off. I just don't understand how increasing his K/9 is an expectation. He hasn't put up a pedestrian rate so far.