Via Slyde, I see this in-depth look at the pitching mechanics of Homer Bailey. I don’t really know what to make of it, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Especially this part:

Homer Bailey is a textbook example of how not to throw a baseball, right up there with Anthony Reyes, B.J. Ryan, and Mark Prior.

Ouch.

9 Responses

  1. Y-City Jim

    The video is from the Milwaukee game on July 13th. It was the 1st game after he was called up the second time. While there is no mistaking from the video that Bailey still had mechanical issues, he had made sufficient progress (from advice he credited to Dick Pole) since his first time up in order to consistently be hitting 94-95 mph on the fastball even hitting 97 mph at one point. He only gave up five hits including the Sabathia HR. He left with two outs in the 6th with a runner at 1st only to have Bray walk the first hitter he faced then give up a run scoring single to the next.

    When he starts back up in February I hope Pole is working with him to fine tune the mechanics in order to help his control and ball movement. It looks like he needs to let his legs do more of the work and his arm less. This does not say much for the Reds MiLB coaching system.

  2. RedRedMan

    I know the writer of that piece pretty well. His mechanical analysis isn’t really based around how to fix control issues or pitch speed. He mostly analyzes for injury concerns. When he says Homer is a an example of how not to throw a baseball, he means that he’s highly injury prone, not necessarily that he can’t have good stuff when he’s healthy.

    Not a good conclusion either way though.

  3. brublejr

    If there is so many injury concerns with him being a starter, why not consider making him a closer, much like Wood is doing now. Start him now and he would be ready by the time Coco is gone. I just hate to give up on someone that young that has/had good stuff.

  4. Phill

    If there is something scary about his mechanics I don’t believe a role switch will make that dissapear.

  5. pinson343

    I’m going to be hopeful, like Y-City Jim, based on numerous reports that Homer’s mechanics were improving last year. WJ himself was impressed at how Homer pitched for the Bats in that playoff game, I believe he said it was the best he’s seen him throw. Which BTW is why I don’t see the Reds trading Homer, at least not yet.

  6. Y-City Jim

    Having Homer in long relief with Pole available to continue the refining of his mechanics seems like the best idea to me. I looked at the game logs of his starts when he came back up in July and August. The velocity was inconsistent from start to start. Some starts he would be hitting 95 then others he would be in the 92-93 range. It would be nice to see a game log of that playoff win he had against Durham.

  7. Mr. Redlegs

    None of it means boo in the big leagues if he doesn’t have a big secondary pitch and a complementary third pitch. He doesn’t.That rinky-dink curveball isn’t going to retire big-leaguers. Meat.

  8. bweav44

    Great link, as the link inside the article.

    Scary, scary stuff. I was already in the “trade Homer now” camp, but that cements my opinions of him.

    If the REDS were smart, they’d do with Homer what the Rangers did with Volquez. Send him back to High A to start and get some confidence back, and make him earn his way back up the ranks.

    Then trade him when his value is high and right before he blows his arm out.