11 starts in AA.
Call him up!
As adament as I have been about Bailey not seeing Cincinnati except as a fan prior to 2008, the kid is simply destroying AA. And that's VERY impressive as a 20 y.o.As tempted as I am to want to join the herd and have him come up and pitch in the playoffs (1st place as of 15 mins ago), I still fear him being rushed. His command has faultered the last couple of starts.
Last night's line: 5I 3H 0R 3W 4K's.
Bailey's walks have really flown up recently, a sign of fatigue. He now has thrown 133 IP, which is about 30 more than last year. Although fatigue only becomes a problem if it leads to mechanical breakdowns. They should be watching his every movement with 3 sets of eyes and then going over game tape afterwards to make sure he isn't losing his form and heightening his chances for injuries.
I have no problem with them letting Bailey pitch in the AA playoffs, but they should be on him like a hawk for any sign of trouble.
Another possible reason, though is that he's being told to throw more offspeed stuff which he doesn't control as well. Without being at the games and charting pitches it's hard to know which.
Either way, this kid is a bonafide STUD & ACE...He...just...turned..twenty.
Ladies and gentlemen, barring any major setbacks, we have our ace of the future.
The future may be sooner than we think.