Below (in blue) is a brief quote from Gary Huckaby's article in Baseball Prospectus about the Giants chances of winning the World Series: (Moderators, I don't think I am violating anything by sharing a short quote, but if you feel I am, please delete this thread. I don't want to get RedsZone or myself in any trouble.)
"When I first wrote that 'There’s No Such Thing as a Pitching Prospect,' it meant two things, one of which has kind of become lost over time. Yes, it means that pitchers get hurt at approximately the same rate that methheads swipe identities and lose teeth. That’s what all pitchers do, not just prospects. But it also had another meaning—that guys who are totally blowing people away in the minors like they’re so many hot dog pretenders before Kobayashi are absolutely not pitching prospects—they’re already pitchers, and more time in the minors only means time off the living, pulsating clocks that are their labrums, rotator cuffs, and elbows. " (Emaphis is mine.)
The context of the quote is about Lincecum, with Huckaby saying he needs to start the season in the majors, in long relief, but seems to me to apply to Homer Bailey just as well. Based on the idea than any pitcher has a limited number of pitches in his arm, are the Reds wasting wear and tear on Homer's arm when he could be using those pitches to help the big club? I think he might have a good point. Asked another way, Would Cole Hamels be better prepared for this season if he had stayed in the minors all of last year?