The Red Report: Homer Bailey

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Bad name for a pitcher, good pitcher for the Reds


Homer Bailey

#34 / Pitcher / Cincinnati Reds

6-3

210

R

R

May 03, 1986


Fast Facts:

  • David Dewitt Bailey Jr. was born May 3rd 1986 in La Grange Texas. The nickname "Homer" (which is a bad name for a pitcher) comes from his great-grandfather.
  • He attended La Grange High School. During La Grange's 2004 baseball season, Bailey won 15 games and lost none. Additionally, he had a 0.68 earned run average and 201 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings pitched. That year, USA Today, named Bailey as a member of that year's USA Today All-USA high school baseball team and their High School National Player of the Year. Bailey completed his high school career with 41 wins, 4 losses, a 0.98 ERA, and 536 strikeouts in 298 innings pitched.
  • The Reds drafted Bailey with the 7th pick in the 2004 draft. Prior to the 2007 season, both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus named Bailey the top prospect in the Reds' farm system.
  • He looks like Christian Bale
  • On September 28, 2012, Bailey pitched the first no-hitter at PNC Park, and the 15th in Reds history, in a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the first no-hitter by a Reds' pitcher since Tom Browning's perfect game in 1988.
  • Bailey is an avid hunter and sportsman. In 2008, Homer Bailey released a charity wine called "Homer Bailey's Chardonnay" with 100% of his proceeds supporting Outdoors Without Limits, an organization committed to help reduce the barriers that prevent disabled people from enjoying the great outdoors.

Organizational History:

Drafted/Signed: by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 2004 amateur draft. Signed July 22, 2004

Contract Status:

MLB Service Time: 4.017
Current Contract Status: 2nd-Year Arb Eligible, 1 yr/$5.35M (2013)

Career Stats:

Year Age Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP HR BB SO ERA+ WHIP SO/BB
2007 21 CIN 4 2 5.76 9 9 0 0 45.1 3 28 28 81 1.566 1.00
2008 22 CIN 0 6 7.93 8 8 0 0 36.1 8 17 18 56 2.092 1.06
2009 23 CIN 8 5 4.53 20 20 0 0 113.1 12 52 86 93 1.474 1.65
2010 24 CIN 4 3 4.46 19 19 1 1 109.0 11 40 100 91 1.367 2.50
2011 25 CIN 9 7 4.43 22 22 0 0 132.0 18 33 106 89 1.280 3.21
2012 26 CIN 13 10 3.68 33 33 2 1 208.0 26 52 168 115 1.240 3.23
6 Yrs 38 33 4.50 111 111 3 2 644.0 78 222 506 93 1.382 2.28
162 Game Avg. 12 10 4.50 34 34 1 1 197 24 68 155 93 1.382 2.28
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/1/2013.

Scouting:

Ratings via TheBaseballCube:

Control: 39
K-Rating: 74
Efficiency: 52
vsPower: 50

As you'd expect, it's mostly about missing bats for Bailey. I'm surprised to see such a low score for control, however.

2013 Projections:

PITCHING

W L SV IP K/9 BB/9 ERA
Steamer
11 9 0 170.0 6.85 2.51 4.13
ZiPS
10
8
0
173.3 7.17 2.34 4.00
Oliver
11 8 0
177.0
7.27 2.34 3.66
Bill James
12 12 0
210.0 7.37 2.31 3.86

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile:

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