From the Enquirer:
When asked about Homer Bailey and 2007, Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky wanted to edify the fans:
“Remind everyone there’s another level,” he said.
That would be Triple-A.
Bailey, the 20-year-old right-hander, was so good at Double-A Chattanooga that a lot of people wanted him to get a shot in the major leagues this year.
While Bailey will be in the mix in spring training, it’s not a given that he’ll be on the Opening Day roster.
“We’ll wait and see,” Krivsky said. “That’s a long way off.”
Bailey certainly has the stuff to compete on the big-league level. Bailey was 7-1 with a 1.59 ERA at Chattanooga.
But Krivsky pointed to Minnesota right-hander Mat Garza as an example of how difficult it is to make the jump to the big leagues.
Garza is probably going to be the minor-league player of the year after going 14-4 with a 1.99 ERA at three different levels. But he is 1-5 with a 5.50 ERA with the Twins.
He’s also two years older than Bailey, and he pitched in college.
You get the feeling the Reds would like to see Bailey do next year what he did this year: pitch on two levels and succeed at both.
“He did exactly what we hoped he would do this year,” Krivsky said. “He was healthy for the most part. He was successful at two levels.”
From his comments here and Krivsky’s past comments about not skipping levels, I’d expect Homer to start the season in Louisville.