04/11/2005

Homer Bailey

From this morning’s Dayton Daily News:

One of the negatives is the sore right knee of right-hander and No. 1 draft choice Homer Bailey, who had an operation on the knee last year. He did throw on the side before the game. Powell thinks he will be ready for his next start Friday.

“We’re taking the cautious side,” Powell said. “If this were later in the year, he’d be in there. There’s nothing to be concerned about. With a guy of his caliber, we’re going to take the cautious route.”

UPDATE: (Chad) I can’t find the article online, either. I’ll keep searching.

UPDATE: (Bill) Article

I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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  1. I hope the Reds draft another high school pitcher in this year’s draft!

    Seriously…at least it isn’t his arm. I’ll start worrying when we start hearing about the Ty Howington/Chris Gruler arm trouble.

  2. What do you feel the general rule is about high school pitchers? Never draft in the first round? First XX rounds? If the Reds can establish some sort of success with the 8-man rotation in the minors, does that change the draft strategy where it becomes beneficial to draft high schoolers again because (1) a system exists to develop them appropriately and (2) other teams are “ignoring” the high schoolers in favor of college pitchers (meaning former 1st round talent is falling to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds.)

  3. How in the love of all that is good can the Reds continue to draft high school pitchers??? It’s like they keep putting their hands on the hot stove over, and over, and over…

  4. Anyone checked on the players Billy Beane mocked in “Moneyball” lately? J. Bonderman…..S. Kazmir…..etc?

    It is hip to bash the drafting of high school pitchers currently. It certainly is not without its risks, certainly.

    What would the Yankees/Red Sox have done given the Reds choice and the availability of Homer?

    How are college sluggers Chad Mottola and Brandon Larson working out?

  5. Taking college sluggers with their metal bat numbers is a risky endevor IMO, almost as risky as HS arms, for every Bonderman there are 10 Brien Taylors.
    A team like the Reds needs to leverage their pitching growth for awhile in college arms… simply because they tend to have beaten a developmental curve.

    They are older have more milage on their arms and the cost of this development has been absorbed by the college.

    Meanwhile every Reds HS arm must be paid for and developed from scratch, meaning alot of time rehabbing the ineviable arm maladies.

    The history of Gary Nolan is enough to show me what a godd HS arm can do as well as how bad it can implode on you too.

    Kazmir is still an unpolished jewel (pitching tonight) his motion is a violent non uniform thing to behold ( as his Wagners) his future might find him in the BP or with his elbow in a bucket of ice.

  6. I agree that college arms are generally a better risk on draft day. Here is the current active win leaders.

    Roger Clemens 328
    Greg Maddux 305
    Tom Glavine 262
    Randy Johnson 246
    David Wells 212
    Mike Mussina 211
    Kevin Brown 207
    Jamie Moyer 192
    Curt Schilling 184
    Kenny Rogers 176

    5 of the top 10 were college players. 5 went to play minor league ball directly from high school. If the list is expanded to the top 30 active win leaders:

    13 played college ball
    17 have no college experience.

    To be accurate, one of the 13 is Tim Wakefield. His college career was as a 1b, not a pitcher. The following is from Baseball Almanac: “After graduating from Eau Gallie HS (FL) in 1984, Wakefield attended Florida Tech where he was named Team MVP in 1987 and 1988 as a 1B. He holds the school record for career HR (40) and in 1987 set season records with 22 HR and 71 RBI

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About Bill Lack

I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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