One of the most recent fantasy baseball prospects to get off to a slow start is Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey. Bailey was drafted by the Reds in 2004 and quickly shot through the team’s farm system. The right-hander was one of the most coveted pitchers for years in dynasty leagues, but he simply never seemed to pan out.
Well, Bailey has been in the league for six years and it appears that the 27-year-old has finally started to figure things out. He currently has an unflattering 4-5 record, but his 3.80 ERA and 1.14 WHIP have been absolutely outstanding.
Bailey has been touched up a little this season though. He allowed seven earned runs against the Cleveland Indians last month and gave up six earned runs in his most recent start against the Milwaukee Brewers. However, every pitcher has off days, so fantasy owners shouldn’t expect Bailey to throw a no-hitter each game.
Despite his two poor outings, though, Bailey has been lights out. He has recorded six outings in which he lasted at least six innings and allowed fewer than three earned runs. He has finally learned how to limit his walks and the Texas native is inducing ground outs a career-high 49.2% of the time this year. Bailey has gained tremendous confidence in recent weeks and he has shown it each time he steps onto the mound.
Bailey may not have matured into the fantasy ace like most would have thought, but he is still having a career season.