Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Homer Bailey to the Bullpen?

Homer Bailey, who was called up from AAA just last week, was sent back to Louisville after a rough start Saturday night against the Indians. Bailey has not been able to consistantly perform at the Major League level as a starting pitcher. Bailey has the fastball but has not been able to become a true pitcher with an arsenal of pitches. Do you think Bailey would be better suited in the bullpen? Bailey has some powerful stuff and should be able to make it by now. Would he be better suited in shorter situations such as set up or closer? At this point in his career I would like to see him succeed and something is not working, is it he is not willing to be coached or is he in the wrong position?

4 comments:

Brandon said...

This is what I have said for over a year now. He has not developed any other pitches with consistency. A starting pitcher in the majors cannot live on just fastball location like you can in the minor leagues. I think Homer's future is in the bullpen. I predict that will be with another team, but who knows. I think he could be a pretty succesful bullpen guy, maybe even a closer.

Matt said...

I still think its way too early to judge Homer Bailey...he just turned 23 and only has 86 innings pitched in the majors...true he has struggled but i think he is still best in the starting rotation

I dont think the problem lies in his number of pitches cause he has shown an ability to throw the changeup and curveball which he could not do previously...the problem is an inability to throw the ball over the plate...as well as a feeling that he is "king" and can shake off Ramon Hernandez on every pitch....way to early to give up on the kid though

SHU said...

He's a starter and will always be one. He just needs to develop a bit more in Louisville. It would do the Reds no good to have a 23-year old prospect who needs to develop pitch in long relief one to two times at the most a week in the majors.

Adam said...

I know that it is still early to figure out what to do with Bailey but I think that they should look at this option for Brandon's point that he has not developed any other pitches. Not like it is a demotion, just a different option for him.