Nice win last night by the Dragons. The DDN article talks about Bailey and Morenko.
For an organization that was having problems with high draft-pick pitching prospects, the Cincinnati Reds did themselves proud Tuesday night with a pair of Class A Midwest League Dayton Dragons.
Not only did No. 1 pick Homer Bailey turn in a one-hit, five-inning performance, he was followed by No. 40 pick Brad Morenko, who pitched three hitless innings as the Dragons beat the Kane County Cougars 2-0 on another chilly night at Fifth Third Field.
That’s like using a high-priced spread and a low-priced substitute and getting the same results. Bailey cost the Reds $2.3 million in bonus money. Morenko got $2,500. For that, he’s leading the league with an 0.36 ERA.
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.