Bailey Sent Down; Cueto A Number 3?

The big news out of spring training is that the Reds’ #1 pitching prospect has been sent down to Triple A Louisville to start the season. Homer Bailey, 21, had a rough spring and needs some fine tuning to keep down high pitch counts and to improve his location.

Bailey compiled a 1-3 record with a 5.21 ERA in six starts. Homer also had a line of 11 ER, 24 H, 16 walks and 11 Ks over the 19 innings pitched. Our other concern is that he is often slow to the plate with a long stride on his lead leg. This allows runners to get a huge jump towards second base and allow an easy steal. Hopefully Homer can get things corrected within a short amount of time to be major league ready and return for a long period of time.

With the move, the Reds have sent a rather clear signal to Johnny Cueto who has received rave reviews by not only new manager Dusty Baker, but also other managers and players who have faced him over the course of the spring.

Cueto, 22, was drafted out of the Dominican Republic and posted mind boggling numbers for a man who, by some scouts’ estimation, shouldn’t have the power and stuff for his size. Out of Spring Training, Cueto has posted a 5.27 ERA, 11 H, 8 ER, and 12 K in 13 2/3 innings. What’s more impressive is what he did in the minor leagues last season.

A 3.07 ERA, 170 Ks, and 34 BB in 161 innings was made even more impressive when he reached Louisville at the AAA level. In four starts, he had 21 Ks and only TWO walks in 22 innings.

If Cueto can be efficient in the third spot in the rotation, he has a very good chance of sticking around on the ball club that desperately needs a little attitude and tenacity on the pitching staff.

The Reds rotation as of right now would look something like:

Aaron Harang

Bronson Arroyo

Johnny Cueto

Josh Fogg

Edinson Volquez

We are glad to see some new blood be infused with some veterans on the staff. Hopefully the Reds continue to scout well and find another strong starting pitcher to go with a somewhat improved bullpen.

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