Bailey injury puts two-way players under scrutiny
May, 2, 2009
By Keith Law and Jason A. Churchill | ESPN.com
Troup (Ga.) High School catcher Luke Bailey, who will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, has revealed to our Jason Churchill that his elbow injury did indeed occur while he was pitching. Jason asked Bailey whether it happened on a breaking ball, to which Bailey responded, "I did throw a couple of curveballs, but I think it happened on a fastball, and I threw six more pitches after it happened."
Bailey isn't the only catcher who also takes the hill in this draft, nor is he the only one to do so in recent drafts. North Carolina prep star Wil Myers has toed the rubber a few times this year in addition to playing some infield. Both Buster Posey and Matt Wieters pitched in relief for their college teams; Posey threw 8 2/3 innings over two years, while Wieters had a more significant role and threw over 50 innings for Georgia Tech. Brooks Raley, Blake Smith, Mychal Givens and Jeff Inman are all two-way players in this draft who project well as one type of player or the other, but not both. Bailey's injury raises a serious question for two-way guys: Why? Was the risk of having Posey blow out his arm worth the eight innings he threw for Florida State?