The Barber Shop Reopens: Bailey DFA’d and Garcia Recalled

It would’ve made for a great story, but Andrew Bailey‘s comeback attempt with the Phillies has come to a sadly predictable conclusion.

Bailey began the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley and found immediate success — 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 10 K — before being called up to the Phillies at the end of April. His time with the Phillies can be split into remarkably divergent halves — through June 3rd and since June 3rd.

The dividing line was his 16th appearance for the Phillies and during those first sixteen outings, he put up impressive statistics including a 2.30 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 24.6 K% over 15.2 innings. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. Since June 3rd, Bailey has sandwiched 16.2 atrocious innings around a trip to the disabled list. His stat line? 10.26 ERA, 1.92 WHIP, 21.7 K%. He’s a local kid, born in Haddonfield, NJ, which naturally meant a lot of people were rooting for him, but at 32 years old there was little incentive for the Phillies to keep him around any longer as he continued to under-perform.

His immediate replacement is a personal favorite if only because he has a great narrative of his own. Luis Garcia, the former barber who was discovered by scouts after being out of affiliated ball for two seasons, has struggled to live up to the potential shown by his upper-90s fastball and wipeout slider due to his inability to limit free passes. With Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, he’s posted a 2.58 ERA (good!), 23.4 K% (good!), 0.6 HR/9 (I’m liking where this is going!), …and a 11.4 BB% (oh). At 29 years old and in his final option year, this may be Garcia’s last chance to prove himself in Philadelphia. Chances are he’ll charm you from time to time with his tantalizing repertoire, but in the end, the walks will catch up with him yet again.

In a potentially more intriguing development, this move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster which could be used sooner rather than later on any of the three prospects in Triple-A currently making their cases for a major league call up: Jake Thompson, Nick Williams, and J.P. Crawford.

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  1. Keith

    August 03, 2016 01:22 AM

    It was kind of funny hearing Larry Anderson wanting to scream at him tonight on the radio when he came on. He went 0-2 to madbum, then threw 4 straight balls. I thought Anderson was going to go down to the field and yell at him.

    • Edwin

      August 03, 2016 08:21 AM

      He should have. Larry, despite his get off my lawn curmudgeon manner, is almost always spot on. Love the guy. I actually thought he was going to grab a glove and jump on the mound to show him how it’s done.

      • Francisco (FC)

        August 03, 2016 12:28 PM

        I would have paid good money to see that!

  2. Dante

    August 03, 2016 08:32 AM

    Interesting situation with Thompson at the moment, since it appears Hellickson isn’t going anywhere this season (and possibly 2017 too if he accepts a QO). There’s just no where to put him in the rotation, unless they shut down Velasquez soon, or move him to the bullpen.

    You guys planning on doing a writeup on the recent outstanding hitting performance by Cesar? The guy is lighting it up in the leadoff spot (17.3% BB rate and 133 wRC+ since the all-star break).

    • Matt

      August 03, 2016 09:31 AM

      Yes re Cesar piece! I was really bummed when Jason Stark went on Missanelli saying that the Phillies were frustrated with him and were not committed. If he cleans up the base running, I think he could be a great player.

      • Dante

        August 03, 2016 10:11 AM

        I’m not so sure about great player, but an average regular would be nice. With his non-existent power, he has to provide a high batting average and OBP and at least average defense (not unlike what was required of Ben Revere). He’s shown he can do it in spurts, like the middle of last year when he went on a basestealing and high BABIP tear, but he has to maintain that relatively high level of output to be steadily average or slightly better. Since we don’t have an obvious 2B of the future beating down the door (maybe Kingery gets there by 2018), we need him in the short term to be reasonably productive. The baserunning seems his most obvious area for improvement – he has shown a pretty good ability to steal bases, but mental lapses and inconsistency with taking the extra base (such as 1st to 3rd, or stretching singles to doubles) have hurt.

      • Edwin

        August 04, 2016 02:36 PM

        I don’t think people will remember Hernandez or even Galvis in the next few years. Almost anyone who makes it to the majors is a good player – no doubt. However, ‘great’ is a word best reserved for those who are truly head and shoulders above the rest. Think Rollins, Utley, Sandberg but please not Hernandez

    • Whitey

      August 03, 2016 12:54 PM

      The Phils are likely going to need to start limiting innings for some of their young pitchers. That’s where Thompson comes in.

      • Romus

        August 03, 2016 03:16 PM

        Thompson’s max so far is 133, last year…..he is now up to 130.
        Will see what they do.
        However, he is not sailing the same boat as Velasquez, since Velasquez had TJ in the past and his circumstance for a shut-down will be different in that regards.

  3. Francisco (FC)

    August 03, 2016 12:28 PM

    His time with the Phillies can be split into remarkably divergent halves — through June 3rd and since June 3rd.

    History Nerd Alert!

    Kind of like the Imperial Japanese Navy… through June 3rd, 1942.. since June 3rd, 1942.

    • Romus

      August 03, 2016 03:18 PM

      I guess ‘Midway’ thru the season.

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