David Dewitt Bailey, Jr., better known as Homer, is a professional baseball player from the USA who plays as a starting pitcher. Homer began his playing career at the La Grange High School where, in 2004, Bailey led the team to a 15 – 0 record with a 0.68 ERA. Bailey had 201 strikeouts to his name in 92 and 2/3rd innings. He was named to the USA Today’s All-USA High School Baseball Team and was also named as their High School National Player of the Year.
Bailey graduated from high school with a 41 – 4 record and a 0.98 ERA with 536 strikeouts. Straight out of high school, the Cincinnati Reds picked Bailey at 7th overall, in the Amateur Draft.
Bailey, now a professional, made his debut with the Gulf Coast Reds in the Gulf Coast Rookie League. He played six games for them and started three only. The following year, Bailey was promoted to the Dayton Dragons in the A-League. His 28 games with the Dragons saw him create a 8 – 4 record and was subsequently named as the second-best prospect in the Midwest League.
Bailey was on his way up once again and in 2006, it was time for the Sarasota Reds to take over his services. Despite a 3 – 5 record, Bailey was named as the top-prospect in the Florida State League that year. After just 13 games, he was into the AA-League with the Chattanooga Lookouts.
With the Lookouts, Bailey was unstoppable. He had a 1.59 ERA in a 7 – 1 record from 13 appearances. He had 77 strikeouts to his name in 68 innings. His performance meant that he received a direct call-up to the Spring Training sessions for the Cincinnati Reds. He played three games as part of the spring training campaign and ended with a 19.64 ERA and a loss to his name. He was sent back to the minors and thereafter, played with the Louisville Bats in the AAA-League. Once again, Bailey was named as the top prospect in the Reds’ organization as well as one of the best pitching prospects in baseball by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.
In June 2007, it was time for Bailey to make his mark and he made his debut against the Cleveland Indians to become the youngest player in the National League at the time. In 5 innings, Bailey gave away 2-runs and four walks while qualifying for the win with three strikeouts. The following month, he was back at the AAA-League only to return in September once again for a game against the New York Giants.
At the beginning of 2008, the Reds again decided to send Bailey down to Louisville for the beginning of the season however they called him up in June to the MLB roster.