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.