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.
#Phillies have designated RHP Andrew Bailey for assignment and recalled RHP Luis Garcia from Lehigh Valley (AAA).
— Phillies (@Phillies) August 2, 2016
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.