Draft Aft: Luke Bailey possibly headed for surgery?

One of the strengths in this year’s draft class is the crop of high school catchers. That groupbailey_lucas.jpg may be taking a bit of a hit.

I’ve learned that Luke Bailey, one of the better of the prep backstops in the class, out of Troup County High School in LaGrange, Georgia, has hurt his elbow. He’s going to see elbow specialist Dr. James Andrews on Monday and word was that he’s got a tear of the UCL (Ulnar Collateral Ligament) in his right elbow.

It’s an injury suffered during his time on the mound, not behind the plate, and it seems like he might require Tommy John surgery to correct the problem. More will undoubtedly come out after his visit with Dr. Andrews. It obviously remains to be seen if he’ll end up honoring his commitment to Auburn, perhaps red-shirting for a year, or if a team will want to take a chance and draft him late and let him rehab the elbow under its watch.

More as it unfolds.

Update (5:15 p.m. ET): ESPN.com (Insider subscription needed) was reporting that Bailey will indeed have Tommy John surgery, performed by Dr. Andrews, on Tuesday morning.

4 Comments

Wow, what a bad break for this kid. Like you said, this is on of the top prep backstops with only Stassi/Maddox up there with him correct? If the news is bad, I have to imagine he will head to Auburn. Thanks.

There are a number of good high school catchers. In no particular order (not including Bailey):

Nolan Arenado (if he’s asked to catch in the end)
Wil Myers
Max Stassi
Austin Maddox
Andrew Susac
Jonathan Walsh
Tommy Joseph

There’s no Joe Mauer here, and maybe not even a Kyle Skipworth. But there is some depth. And I wouldn’t guarantee Bailey going to Auburn. Not saying it won’t happen, but I could see a team taking him and rehabbing him in their organization, kind of like what the Angels did when they drafted Nick Adenhart in 2004. Bailey could get the benefits of working with hitting instructors while waiting for the elbow to be ready for throwing, too. Just a thought… It will be interesting to see what happens.

Maybe but I would think being a borderline 1st round talent, an injury like this could really drop his stock and, more importantly, what teams are willing to pay him.

Lesson to all catchers, you can be overworked just like a pitcher. He very seldom took a game off during the summer and never during HS. Although he was on the mound when he first felt the injury he then was put back behind the plate to finish the game.

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