GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Only 24 years old, Homer Bailey has already amassed 56 starts over parts of the last four seasons. Still missing on the resume for the Reds pitcher that was once one of the top prospects in baseball is a consistent track record.Even if the jury is still out on what will become of Bailey's long-term future, one of the votes that matters most is firmly in his corner. "You've got to look at what you think he might do and the glimpses of excellence that we've all seen," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Wednesday. "That's what I'm kind of expecting. I think Homer is going to be a big winner in the big leagues. He's going to be big in this equation. He's going to be one of the guys we count and depend on for a long period of time. With his body type, attitude, sometimes his stubbornness, all these qualities to me add up to him possibly being a big winner." Bailey has yet to get beyond 20 big league starts in a season for Cincinnati. In 2009, he started the year in Triple-A Louisville, and he lost a big chunk of last season with a shoulder injury. In 19 starts totaling 109 innings, Bailey was 4-3 with a 4.46 ERA. He went on the disabled list May 24 with right shoulder inflammation -- an injury that originally seemed to be minor -- and it took almost three months to return.
2010 Spring Training - Cincinnati Reds
News & Features
- Bailey shuts down D-backs to close out Spring Training
- Hamilton scores in split-squad action vs. Indians
- No issues for Arroyo in final spring start
- Reds planning final roster cuts Saturday
- Reds release catcher Olivo