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Homer Bailey

#51 | RHP | AthleticsOAK
Las Vegas Aviators Las Vegas Aviators
Homer Bailey
Name: David Dewitt Bailey
Born: May 3, 1986 in La Grange, TX
High School: La Grange (Texas) HS
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 223 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (7th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in 2004 (signed for $2,300,000)
Bailey and Maryland righthander Nick Adenhart were running neck and neck as the top prep prospects in the draft before Adenhart succumbed to elbow problems, leaving Bailey as the undisputed class among the nation's high school crop. Even with an increasing bias against prep righties in the first round--only two went that high in 2003--Bailey is certain to be selected with one of the first 5-10 choices. A University of Texas recruit, he threw 94 mph in his first scrimmage this spring and has been lights out every time he has taken the mound. He was 12-1, 0.39 on the season with 10 walks and 168 strikeouts in 72 innings. He has the best fastball (92-96 mph), the best righthanded breaking ball (a hard downer curveball), the best command and the most polish among high schoolers in the draft. He still has plenty of room for projection at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, and though he throws effortlessly the ball explodes out of his hand. Bailey will need to improve his changeup and get stronger, but that's true of almost every prep pitcher.
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