Scott Alan Bailes
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 170 lb.
Debut: April 9, 1986
Drafted By: Pittsburgh Pirates in the 4th round of the 1982 amatuer draft (Secondary Phase)
Pro Teams: Pirates, Indians, Angels, Royals, Blue Jays, Rangers
Born: April 28, 1983 in Corpus Christi, TX
High School: Parkview HS (Springfield, MO)
Schools: St. Louis Community College, Meramec Campus (Kirkwood, MO), Missouri State University (Springfield, MO)
Scott Alan Bailes (born December 18, 1961) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who pitched for three teams during a nine-year Major League career. During his youth, he moved to Missouri, and participated in Little League, Pony League, and American Legion teams. He played baseball in college for Southwest Missouri State University, and on January 12, 1982 was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 7th round.However, Bailes did not sign, and played college baseball during the spring of 1982. In the secondary phase of the draft, Bailes was drafted again, this time in the fourth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 7, 1982. He signed with the team on July 1.
After playing in the Pirates' farm system for a few years, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians. On May 30, 1985, the Indians traded Johnnie LeMaster to the Pirates for a player to be named later, which ended up being Bailes, who joined the Indians on July 3. He joined the Indians Major League roster for the start of the 1986 season, and made his pitching debut against the Baltimore Orioles on April 9, 1986. He finished his rookie season with a 10-10 record, earning 7 saves over 62 games. He set a record for most relief wins by an Indian rookie with 8. He continued to be used as a starter, reliever, and closer the following season, starting 17 games and finishing 15. He finished with a 7-8 record, 6 saves, and a 4.64 ERA in 1987.
The 1988 season saw Bailes being used primarily as a starter. He threw 5 complete games and 2 shutouts, yet was moved back into the bullpen late in the season and finished with a 9-14 record. In 1989, Bailes managed his lowest ERA to date at 4.28, however another losing record led to him being traded in the off-season. On January 9, 1990, Bailes was traded to the California Angels for Jeff Manto and minor league prospect Colin Charland. He was no longer being used as a starter, and after a few rough outings and an ERA of 6.37, Bailes was sent to the minor leagues. In 1991, Bailes was back in the bullpen, and managed an ERA of 4.18 for the season, a career best for him to that point. However, the 1992 season was a struggle for Bailes, as he finished with an ERA of 7.45, and was released by the team on October 15, 1992. He signed with the Kansas City Royals on February 25, 1993, but was released on April 3. He signed on with the Toronto Blue Jays farm system on April 25, but could not make it past the Syracuse Chiefs at the AAA level, and after being released in January 1995 he retired. After spending some time in the business field and playing for a semi-pro league in Springfield, Missouri, Bailes signed on with the Texas Rangers after the 1996 season in hopes of making a comeback.