March 11, 2008
Here's some good Dusty Baker, via the Cincinnati Enquirer:
"(Homer Bailey) may not be where you want him to be, or where we want him to be, or where he wants to be, but he's still ahead of the program."
So there's a program for Homer, and he's ahead of it. But it might not be the most aggressive program, because no one -- not you, not the Reds, not Homer -- is satisfied with his actual performance.
In last night's loss to the Yankees, Bailey went 2.1 innings, allowing six hits, three walks, and two earned runs. He struck out three.
Edison Volquez went four innings, also allowing six hits and two runs, but he didn't walk anyone. He struck out eight. That's 13 K in eight innings for Volquez this Spring.
Johnny Cueto has six Ks in five innings so far, and he still hasn't allowed a walk. On Sunday, Baker described the 22-year-old Cueto's stuff this way: "97 (mph) with location and a nasty changeup and slider."
Despite Cueto's relative inexperience, he has an obvious chance to make the Reds' rotation. "Everybody doesn't have to go through the natural progression, especially pitchers," said Baker.
With the Reds, it's apparently better to be ahead of the progression than the program. Cueto is the guy you want in the late rounds of fantasy drafts.