A 32-year old veteran who signed with the Phillies as a free agent last December, Bailey is a local product. He graduated from Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, NJ and was born in Voorhees, New Jersey, growing up as a Phillies fan.
There was a point during spring training and even early in the 2016 season where it appeared that Bailey could emerge as the club’s closer. Instead, he was released in early August, signing a week later with the Los Angeles Angels.
While with the Phils, the right-handed Bailey appeared in 33 games, allowing 32 hits over 32.1 innings. He fashioned a 33/15 K:BB ratio with 6.40 ERA and 1.454 WHIP marks, and had a horrid 65 ERA+ mark.
It was a tale of two seasons for Bailey while in Phillies’ pinstripes. From the start of the season through June 3rd he had allowed just eight hits over 15.2 innings and had a 2.30 ERA.
But after June 3rd, Bailey yielded 24 hits over his final 16.2 innings with the team, his ERA ballooning to 10.26 during that stretch. That poor two months led to his release.