The Cincinnati Reds acquired Brandon Bailey from the Houston Astros late in 2020. Unfortunately for Bailey, his chances of making the team last season took a dramatic hit when the right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in February.
This was the second trip under the knife for Bailey, as the Colorado native under Tommy John surgery between his junior and senior years at Broomfield High School. Bailey missed his entire senior season for the Eagles.
Reds RHP Brandon Bailey got emotional after topping 90-MPH.
Brandon Bailey made his major league debut during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, going 7.1 innings and punching out four batters. He ended his brief stint in 2020 with a 2.45 ERA. His previous season playing for Houston's Double-A affiliate saw Bailey go 92.2 innings with 103 strikeouts, a 3.30 ERA, and a K/9 of 10.00.
Bailey took to Twitter recently to post a video of himself rehabbing following his second Tommy John surgery. Bailey can be seen raring back and delivering a pitch that eclipsed 90-MPH. Overcome by emotion, Bailey screams out with joy and celebrates. It's hard to tell in the distance, but I believe the radar gun captured the pitch at 90.3 MPH.
There was no mistaking what Bailey's second pitch hit on the radar gun. After composing himself, the right-hander ripped off another throw that hit 91.2-MPH. According to Bailey, this was the first time in 450 days that he'd hit 90-MPH.
Now, while a lot of fans may dismiss the feat, seeing as how a pitcher like Hunter Greene routinely tops 100-MPH, take a second and think about what that moment meant for Brandon Bailey. While it seems that every pitcher nowadays undergoes Tommy John surgery at least once in their career, it's still a very complex procedure that not every hurler returns from.
This is Bailey's second time through the rehab process following a repair of the UCL in his right arm, which explains his jubilation upon seeing 90-plus on the radar gun. After surpassing 90-MPH a second time, Bailey is overwhelmed by emption and is encouraged and consoled by his battery mate.
Brandon Bailey was removed from the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster prior to the MLB lockout, but the 27-year-old was quickly re-signed to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Here's hoping that Bailey's rehab continues to progress and we see him on a major league diamond sometime in 2022.