In his eight years as the pitching coach at Louisville, Ted Power has seen a lot of pitchers come through the system. In fact, Power worked at great length with Homer Bailey when the Reds No-Hit King played for the Bats. And Power, a fomer Reds pitcher himself, took notice when Bailey threw his second career no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
I got a chance to talk with Power recently, and he had some thoughts about Bailey. “I’m thrilled for him and the Reds,” said Power before Louisville’s 4-3 win over Indianapolis on Wednesday night. “Homer has always been a confident young man.”
Power said that Bailey’s biggest adjustment in Triple A was more mental than pitching mechanics or anything physical. “The biggest thing Homer got here was humility. Three or four years ago, he couldn’t win a game. But right now, he’s just one click away from being the number one starter for any major league team.”
Bailey pitched in parts of five season at AAA Louisville, including a medical rehab stint in 2011. He shares the single-game strikeout record, which he set for Louisville when he fanned 15 batters against Toledo in 2009.