Homer Bailey was "The Chosen One." He was the can't-miss prospect that Reds fans were waiting for. After being brought to the big leagues at the age of 21 in 2007, Bailey has not exactly blown away the competition.
In 28 starts for the Reds, Bailey is 6-12 with a 7.05 earned run average.
After the 2008 season, most fans were convinced that it was time to cut ties with Bailey. Young arms like Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto were the future now.
With Volquez being out until late next year because of Tommy John surgery, many just let out a sigh and agree they must settle for having Bailey in the starting rotation.
This may be the opportunity that Bailey needs. He can now walk to the mound. He doesn't have to ride a white horse and acknowledge thunderous applause. He can just pitch.
So, Reds Country, just relax and let the young man develop. He turned 23 years old on May 3.
Let's take a look at some other decent pitchers at the same point in their careers.