Originally written on Reds Minor Leagues  |  Last updated 3/8/13
The Reds drafted Homer Bailey 7th overall in the 2004 draft out of La Grange High School in La Grange, Texas. The Reds signed him for $2.3M. He came out of school with a big fastball, a potentially plus curve and was considered to be a polished pitcher for a high schooler. He signed late in the year and made a short debut in August with the GCL Reds. He threw 12.1 innings with 3 walks, 9 strikeout and a 4.38 ERA. After the season, Baseball America ranked him as the #48 prospect in all of baseball as he was already considered an elite pitching prospect in the game despite how far he was from the Major Leagues. In 2005 the Reds sent Homer Bailey to the Dayton Dragons and the Midwest League. Bailey flashed some outstanding things while with Dayton, but he also showed some struggles. He threw 103 innings with a 4.43 ERA and 125 strikeouts. However he also walked 65 batters, showing poor control over the season. His fastball was sitting 93-95 and he flashed a plus curveball, though it wa...
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