On the Fox Sports web site, Dayn Perry has began his annual top 100 prospects list. He’s started posting his list with Prospects #91-#100. Homer Bailey is listed as #91.

91. Homer Bailey, RHP, Reds, Age 21
Acquired: 1st round, 2004, La Grange HS (La Grange, TX)

Another in a long lineage of raw, fire-balling Texas right-handers, Bailey sports a mid-90s fastball and a hammer curve that wows scouts. The problem right now (as it is with most young hard throwers) is that his off-speed stuff leaves much to be desired. He’s going to need that third pitch if he’s to succeed as a starter at the highest level. The Reds are handling him carefully in terms of workload, which is a point in his favor, but he struggled badly with his control last season in the Midwest League. If Bailey stays healthy, harnesses his stuff and cultivates a deeper repertoire, he’ll be a special pitcher. But those are a lot of “ifs.”

It will be interesting to see if any other Reds prospects make this list. I guessing that Denorfia may be the only other prospect to stand a chance. I don’t think Dayn Perry gives as much weight to potential as BBA does, so I’m doubtful that we will see Jay Bruce or Travis Wood here.

Also, there is an article on Baseball Prospectus (Subscription Required to see full article.) on breakout prospects for 2006, and Homer Bailey is the first prospect discussed there. I think you can see the beginning of their discussion on him without the subscription.

Later,
Tom

2 Responses

  1. Chad

    This is going to be a key year for Bailey, and I look forward to seeing how he responds. I’d love to see a big step forward.

    Will the Reds start him in Chattanooga at the beginning of the season?

  2. Blue

    He’ll surely be in Sarasota to start the season. I’m interested in knowing whether the tandem starter system has anything to do with his lack of control. One way of figuring that out will be if Tyler Pelland starts the season in AA.

    I think it will be interesting to see some of the Reds prospects this year. One of them (I mean Germano, Lizard, or maybe even Basham) might make the rotation out of spring training if the Reds don’t acquire any more pitching, and the Reds might want to have one (perhaps Dumatrait) to take over Milton’s spot at midseason, or have one in place to replace him going into 2007. It will take some development for the latter to happen.