I loved Bailey's fastball, but still would've like to have seen some off-speed pitches. From this article, it doesn't sound like he was told to throw all fastballs. I'm sure he'll develop off-speed pitches soon. If they become half as good as his fastball he'll be a great pitcher for us.
Bailey bloodied, but unbowed
Reds prospect gets victory at Futures Game
BY KEVIN KELLY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER
PITTSBURGH - Streaks of blood stained one leg of Homer Bailey's uniform pants Sunday.
The culprit was a small scrape on the pitcher's right thumb that sometimes develops when Bailey throws his fastball, and the nail on his middle finger scratches his thumb upon release.
"I've done it many times," the Reds' top pitching prospect said. "Look at my glove. I've got blood stains all over it. It doesn't hurt."
Bailey made a second-inning relief appearance for the U.S. team in the All-Star Futures Game Sunday at PNC Park, and challenged the five World team hitters he faced with nothing but fastballs that ranged from 92 mph to 98 mph.
Bailey left the game with a bloody thumb, one run allowed on two hits, and a surprise winning decision in an 8-5 victory by the U.S.
"It was an exhibition for me," Bailey said. "It was good to be here, but what I was really thinking was, 'Here it is. Put it in play. Get in and get out.' "
Joining the right-hander Sunday were his Double-A Chattanooga manager, Jayhawk Owens, who served as a coach on the U.S. team's staff, and Lookouts teammate Joey Votto.
"I really hope he (Bailey) learns from today," Owens said. "There were other guys throwing 100 (mph) and throwing their off-speed pitches. He gave up one run on all fastballs.
"We've talked to him about mixing it up more. This should be a great experience for him that some of the better hitters he hasn't been facing can turn on that fastball."
Votto, who leads the Southern League in batting average (.327), home runs (19) and RBI (56), started at first base for the World team and went 1-for-2.
"I would have had a bitter taste in my mouth had I not had a little part in the game," said Votto, who today will participate in the Southern League All-Star game in Montgomery, Ala.
The first pitcher out of the U.S. bullpen Sunday, Bailey showcased the strong right arm that help make him the seventh overall pick in the 2004 draft and has some fans hoping to see the Texan later this season at Great American Ball Park.
"I've heard things here and there about that, and I think it's great," Bailey said. "But I have to take it with a grain of salt.
"(Reds general manager) Wayne Krivsky and (Reds manager) Jerry Narron know what they're doing. If I'm not ready then that's why I'm not there. But when I am ready, I'll be there."
Bailey struck out the first batter he faced on three pitches clocked at 97, 96 and 96 mph.
Eleven of the next 17 pitches Bailey threw were strikes and ranged in speed from a high of 98 mph to a low of 92 mph. He allowed two doubles and one run.
"Every time I've faced him he's been very consistent," U.S. team member and Double-A Huntsville infielder Ryan Braun said. "He's able to locate all of his pitches pretty well and obviously has great stuff."
Sunday's experience added to Bailey's already splendid season.
Invited to major-league camp this spring where he impressed Narron, Bailey was moved up to Chattanooga last month after 13 starts with Single-A Sarasota.
In three starts with the Lookouts, he's 3-0 with 22 strikeouts to just four walks and has not allowed an earned run over 17 innings.
"They've kind of been on me a little about mixing up my pitches," Bailey said of club officials. "I'll show anybody my off-speed pitches. That's fine. It's my weaker point because my fastball is good, and it always will be that way."
I thought Votto looks solid. He stance reminds me a little of Pujols. Low and wide with a real solid base. He does rock a little bit and maybe his swing is a little long, but not long like Dunn's. He looks really solid to me.