Farmers only: Homer struggles to find the zone

Homer Bailey's becoming an enigma. His lack of consistency might be due to an underdeveloped changeup, but I'm not a scout and really don't know. He's still got ace potential, but we haven't seen a lot of that the past two years. So what do you think: Is Homer more valuable to us as a future cornerstone starter or trade bait to pick up a big bat? Maybe we could flip him to Texas for Josh Hamilton...

Homer Bailey
Bailey

Triple-A: The Bats split a doubleheader with Scranton, losing 4-0 and winning 4-2. In the first game, Homer was wild, issuing a career-high 6 walks in 5 innings, striking out 4. He might have been the victim of a tight strike zone, as he started to walk off the mound in the first after what he thought was a strikeout, but the umpire didn't budge, for a walk, and Homer allowed a homer to the next batter. So there's that. Andy Phillips' 17-game hitting streak ended after he was 0 for 2. In Game 2, Jay Bruce was 2 for 3 with a homer and Danny Herrera got his one batter out for the save. UP NEXT: New home series vs. Indy, 6:15 tonight.

Double-A: An ugly game for the Lookouts, who lost 12-1 to Mississippi.  Tonys Gutierrez was 2 for 4,  and Ramon Ramirez struck out  6 in 4 innings but gave up 8 hits and  6 runs. The rest was nasty. UP NEXT: Game 3 vs. the Braves, 7:15 tonight.

Todd Frazier
Frazier

High A: Todd Frazier (who's playing third base now, by the way) had 2 homers in Sarasota's 10-6 win. In his combined stints (38 games), he has 11 homers, 30 RBIs and a 1.031 OPS. Danny Dorn added his first homer of the season, going 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs, and Jordan Smith improved to 7-1 with 5 strikeouts in 6 innings. In 62 innings this year, he's struck out 40 and walked just 6. The K rates could be a lot better, but he's got a WHIP of .97 and an ERA of 2.03. Sean Watson struck out 3 of his 5 batters, and his K totals are sick: 24 in 16 innings. Too bad about the 18H, 11BB, 10ER and 4HR. UP NEXT: Rubber match at Clearwater, 6:30 tonight.

Low A: The Dragons got just 2 hits and lost 5-3Logan Parker hit his 3rd homer of the season, and Brandon Waring singled. 2 more strikeouts for Devin Mesoraco. Jeff Jeffords allowed the go-ahead runs in the ninth for the loss. UP NEXT: Doubleheader vs. Great Lakes starting at noon.

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