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    Homer Bailey article, plus other notes and recaps

    Scoreless Homer

    New Lookouts pitcher mowing down opponents
    By David Paschall Staff Writer

    It takes Homer Baileyís fastball about four-tenths of a second to reach home plate, which is a miniscule number unless itís compared to his earned run average.

    Through his f irst two appearances with the Chattanooga Lookouts, Bailey has an 0.00 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 12 innings. The top prospect of the Cincinnati Reds, who signed for $2.3 million in 2004, allowed five hits last Thursday in his BellSouth Park debut against Carolina and did not allow any in six innings Tuesday night in Huntsville.

    "There are certain things we are working on with Homer and certain things he needs to accomplish while heís there," Reds director of player development Johnny Almaraz said Wednesday. "He seems to be making the adjustments and doing what he needs to do, and itís translated into success for him."

    Baileyís third Double-A start will be Sunday afternoon at BellSouth against Jacksonville, which posted the best first-half record of any Southern League team at 48-22. Lookouts owner Frank Burke is aboard the Bailey bonanza, announcing Wednesday that the first 500 fans to Sundayís game will receive "Homer hankies."

    Lookouts manager Jayhawk Owens is not caught up in the hype, saying the 20-year-old right-handerís effort Tuesday was no improvement over last Thursday.

    "He was facing the lowesthitting team in the league," Owens said. "It was a good outing numbers-wise, but I donít think it was a good outing for his development. He definitely needs to start throwing more off-speed pitches, because you canít just sit on 94 and 95 (mph) in the big leagues and get away with it. The major league hitters will turn that around and will sit on it.

    "What he needs is to face some better-hitting teams and get more of a challenge for himself, where he canít just rare back and throw it 94 by people. There are guys on our team that if he did that to ó I know Aaron Herr would be able to turn it around."

    Bailey, who had an 89 mph fastball as a 15-year-old freshman at La Grange (Texas) High School, is pleased with his progress and recognizes it needs to continue. Reds fans are clamoring for an imminent promotion to the big leagues, but the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder quietly is leaving those decisions to organizational brass headed by first-year general manager Wayne Krivsky.

    What Bailey would like in the not-too-distant future is a seventh-inning appearance.

    "I came out after the sixth (Tuesday) with 86 pitches, and I begged them for nine more," Bailey said. "I wanted any pitch I could get, but I understood that we were up in the game and have to trust the bullpen. Theyíve done a great job."

    Asked why he didnít let Bailey get to his desired pitch count between 95 and 100 in Huntsville, Owens said: "He had done his job, and all I had seen him do was throw fastballs."

    While Owens would like more changeups and curveballs, Almaraz said the most important developmental aspect for Bailey is a fastball consistently down in the strike zone. In his final pitch of last Thursdayís win, Baileyís fastball was clocked at 98 mph.

    "We didnít mandate for him to throw any certain type of pitches," Almaraz said. "We want him to pitch with his fastball. As far as the breaking pitch is concerned, when he uses it, we want him to be able to throw it for strikes and not overthrow it. He has such a great arm and wants every pitch to be outstanding, and thereís nothing wrong with every pitch being good.

    "Itís just a mental maturity state he needed to learn. Heís learning that Homer Bailey at 93 or 94 is pretty darn good down in the strike zone."

    The Reds are viewing Jacksonville as Baileyís first legitimate test. Should he pass that and continue progressing, the Lookouts are no lock in having him for the playoffs.

    "A lot of people right now are looking at the bottom line," Almaraz said. "Weíre looking at the details. Is he holding runners on? Is he giving the catcher a chance to throw the runner out if he gets a good jump? Is he using his breaking ball if he gets behind in the count? Is he pitching down in the zone to start hitters off with?

    "There are a bunch of little details that compose the overall pitcure, and we want to make sure that heís doing the little things before we do move him to the next level. He will dictate to us whether itís enough of a challenge at the Double-A level to continue pitching there or not.

    "If itís no longer a challenge for him, then we will move him on to the next level and continue working on the small things."

    E-mail David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com

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    Jays roll with Corrente
    BY PHIL DENIS CORRESPONDENT

    SARASOTA -- Dunedin's early-inning offense was way too much for Sarasota to handle Wednesday when the visiting Blue Jays rolled to an 8-3 victory over the Reds on Kids Camp Day at Ed Smith Stadium.

    Dunedin catcher David Corrente led the power assault against SaraReds starting pitcher Jim Paduch (4-3), connecting for a two-run home run in the top of the second inning and a three-run shot the following inning.

    Blue Jays Scott Dragicevich and Aaron Matthews each contributed solo home runs to an eight-hit offense that included four home runs.

    Dunedin extended its winning streak to four games and is 5-2 during the second half of the split season, 42-34 overall.

    Sarasota, after dropping its fourth straight in front of 1,578 fans, dropped to 2-5 and 32-44.

    Trailing 7-0 in the third, Sarasota's Paul Janish's sacrifice fly scored J.D. Roberts.

    Tonys Gutierrez hit his second home run for the hosts in the fourth and teammate Philip Gentry's second base hit of the day drove in speedy Cody Strait in the seventh.

    Drew Anderson and Gentry each finished with two hits for Sarasota and Gentry had one of the top defensive plays of the season when he deprived Dunedin's Eric Nielsen of at least a double in the fourth inning with a spectacular diving catch into the center-field wall.

    Sarasota relievers Abe Woody and Zac Stott held the Blue Jays hitless and scoreless over the final five innings.

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    The teams will continue their three-game series at the stadium today and Friday at 7 p.m. Right-hander Sam Lecure (3-7) is Sarasota's scheduled starter and 20-year-old fireballing phenom Johnny Cueto is set to make his Sarasota debut in Friday's finale. Cincinnati promoted Cueto from Class A Dayton of the Midwest League, where he compiled an 8-1 record, including a no-hitter, and a 2.59 ERA. ... Former SaraReds All-Star and Cinncinati's No. 1 overall top prospect, RHP Homer Bailey (2-0) didn't allow a hit in six scoreless innings for Class AA Chattanooga against Huntsville (Milwaukee Brewers) in a Southern League game Tuesday night. Bailey walked two and struck out six.

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    Victory worth the wait for Dragons
    Dayton scores five in the first, hangs on for 6-4 win after nearly two-hour rain delay.
    By Marc Katz

    Staff Writer

    DAYTON ó It was quite a waiting game for the Dayton Dragons Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field.

    First, the team waited ó and did not hear from ó pitcher Philippe Valiquette, returning from his grandmother's funeral in Montreal.

    "We don't know where he is," Dragons manager Billy Gardner Jr. said prior to the game with Southwest Michigan. "He's supposed to be back today, and he's driving from Montreal."

    The Dragons also had to wait out nearly a two-hour rain and lightning delay, and that was a tougher assignment since they scored five runs in the first inning and led 5-0 in the third when players were cleared from the field at 7:59 p.m.

    It worked out well for the Dragons, though, as Dayton closed out a 15-game home stand with its fourth straight victory, 6-4, over the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays.

    With the delay, Dayton starting pitcher Zach Ward missed out on his seventh victory ó against no losses ó even though he allowed no runs and four hits ó all singles ó through three innings. When the game was restarted at 9:52, Ward was already dismissed for the rest of the night by Gardner.

    Dayton sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning with the first six reaching safely, four by hits, two by walks.

    Mike Griffin connected for the big hit, a two-run single.

    Outfielder Jay Bruce also had a big night with three hits, raising his batting average to .305 by going 12-for-23 (.522) in the last six games.

    After the game, the Dragons were to bus all night to Cedar Rapids, where they begin a four-game series tonight on an eight-game road trip.

    Had Valiquette shown up, the team would have had to make a decision since the roster was full: either take Valiquette along as an extra non-roster player, send him to the rookie Billings team to get more work or move another player.

    Already Valiquette had been moved out of the Dragons' rotation to the bullpen in an attempt to get him into a better pitching groove.

    Contact this reporter at 937-225-2157 or mkatz@daytondailynews.com.

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    Mustangs top Missoula, 4-3
    By Gazette News Services

    MISSOULA -- Maikol Mesa's single in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday night drove in Chris Heisey with the eventual winning run in the Billings Mustangs' 4-3 Pioneer League baseball win over the Missoula Osprey.

    Mesa, Heisey and Drew Stubbs had two hits apiece for Billings. Angel Colon hit a solo home run for the Mustangs in the second inning.

    Billings led 3-0 after five innings before Missoula tied it with two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh.

    Travis Webb (1-0) got the win in relief for Billings despite allowing three runs, though only one was earned. Mustangs starter Jordan Smith pitched five shutout innings, allowing just one hit while striking out five and walking none. Terrell Young pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

    Brett Reynolds (0-1) took the loss in relief for Missoula, allowing one run in three innings. Osprey starter Daniel Fournier allowed three runs (two earned) in 42/3 innings.

    With the win, Billings (6-3) remains in a first-place tie with Great Falls atop the North Division standings. Billings begins a four-game series at Great Falls tonight.

    The Mustangs return home on Monday, July 3 vs. Missoula.

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    Re: Homer Bailey article, plus other notes and recaps

    Bailey scorching Double-A
    Reds notebook
    BY JOHN FAY AND KEVIN KELLY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITERS

    Chief executive officer Bob Castellini is in charge of the Reds organization from soup to nuts.

    He's also a fan. And fans want No. 1 prospect Homer Bailey in Cincinnati forthwith.

    What does Castellini think?

    "Homer Bailey is going to follow the course that Wayne (Krivsky) and (farm director) Johnny Almaraz and our baseball operations lay out," Castellini said. "I'm going to have no say about it."

    Bailey, a 20-year-old right-hander, keeps getting attention because he has been a sensation since he was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga.

    He's 2-0 and has thrown 12 shutout innings in two starts. Tuesday night, he did not allow a hit over six innings. "He's in the right spot," Krivsky said. "It's nice to see him get off to a good start."

    Bailey's numbers are better since he was promoted. He was 3-5 with a 3.31 ERA at Single-A Sarasota before his promotion.

    Matt Belisle saw Bailey throw while Belisle was on a rehab assignment in Chattanooga. "He just has a dominating fastball," Belisle said. "He's a guy with a huge ceiling."

    Bailey also throws a curveball and a change-up.

    "It's a good curve," Belisle said. "But when he's throwing 93 to 98 and spotting it, it doesn't matter what the other pitches are."

    Reds manager Jerry Narron often kids about wanting Bailey to be called up. Would he really like him on the 25-man roster?

    "At some point," Narron said.

    Some point this year?

    "We'll see how he keeps pitching," he said.

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    Re: Homer Bailey article, plus other notes and recaps

    Crap. I meant to post this in the Down on the Farm forum. Mods please move it.
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    Re: Homer Bailey article, plus other notes and recaps

    What Jayhawk Owens was saying about Bailey is the same thing Krivsky said in his interview last night (I'm sure based on the minor league report)--reliance on the fastball, needs to improve with using his offspeed stuff.
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    I think Jayhawk is exactly what Bailey needs right now. While everyone is pumping his ego sky high(whether Bailey believes it or not) Owens is there to play "bad cop" and keep him sttled down.
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    I have very mixed feelings about Homer. My head tells me that a highly picked HS arm is quite the long-shot.

    After seeing him pitch a few times I really like what he brings to the table and think that he just might be a pretty good pitcher at the MLB level.

    Conflicted.

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    "We didnít mandate for him to throw any certain type of pitches," Almaraz said. "We want him to pitch with his fastball. As far as the breaking pitch is concerned, when he uses it, we want him to be able to throw it for strikes and not overthrow it. He has such a great arm and wants every pitch to be outstanding, and thereís nothing wrong with every pitch being good.

    "Itís just a mental maturity state he needed to learn. Heís learning that Homer Bailey at 93 or 94 is pretty darn good down in the strike zone."

    The Reds are viewing Jacksonville as Baileyís first legitimate test. Should he pass that and continue progressing, the Lookouts are no lock in having him for the playoffs.

    "A lot of people right now are looking at the bottom line," Almaraz said. "Weíre looking at the details. Is he holding runners on? Is he giving the catcher a chance to throw the runner out if he gets a good jump? Is he using his breaking ball if he gets behind in the count? Is he pitching down in the zone to start hitters off with?

    "There are a bunch of little details that compose the overall pitcure, and we want to make sure that heís doing the little things before we do move him to the next level. He will dictate to us whether itís enough of a challenge at the Double-A level to continue pitching there or not.

    "If itís no longer a challenge for him, then we will move him on to the next level and continue working on the small things."

    It's been a long time since I've read or heard anything from our minor league system that made me this happy.
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