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Homer Bailey Named Best Reds' Farmhand

There’s no doubt that a lot is riding on Homer Bailey’s arm. If he’s the real deal, he’d make a great third (eventually first?) starter behind Bronson Arroyo and Aaron Harang. He had a great season splitting time between High A and Double A and he struck out nearly three times as many batters as he walked. Oh yeah, and he doesn’t turn 21 until May. This kid is a stud, plain and simple.

Earlier today, Bailey was recongnized for being a stud and was given the Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award which means he was the best minor league player in 2006. The good news is, it looks like they won’t rush the kid and they’ll send him down to Triple A. He’ll also get to train with the big boys because he’ll be training with the major league club this spring.

Baseball Prospectus has him with a weighted mean of a 14.5 VORP. The nice number is the 119 strikeouts in 129 they project. Regardless, they have him going through some growning pains if he plays with the big leagues so I like the idea of giving him some more seasoning down in Louisville.

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[…] Baseball America recently unveiled their list of the top 10 Reds Prospects. No surprise as Homer Bailey tops the list. I talked about Homer Bailey already so I’ll spare you a repeat. BA concludes that he’ll start the season in Triple A then get called up midseason for some much needed help on the big league club. […]

Posted by The Cutting Edge » Blog Archive » Top Ten Reds Prospects on January 29th, 2007 at 11:21 am

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