WASHINGTON -- The latest Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft will be held Monday and manager Dusty Baker was asked before Saturday's game if he has seen the organization improve in the Draft.
"Heck yeah," Baker said. "I've only been here a short period of time. It usually takes three to five years to reap the harvest of Drafts. Some of this is [general manager Walt Jocketty's] Drafts, and some of this is [former general manager] Wayne Krivsky's Drafts. You have to give both of them credit."
Baker undecided on Tuesday starter
WASHINGTON -- Reds manager Dusty Baker said no decision has been made on whether pitcher Homer Bailey will get the start Tuesday against the Giants at Great American Ball Park. Bailey recently threw a bullpen session with mixed results.
"I heard he looked pretty good," Baker said. "He didn't feel anything. But he wasn't sharp control-wise. That's what we need. We need some control."
Asked about the possibility of Sam LeCure moving to the bullpen, Baker said there have been some conversations in the organization about it. LeCure is 1-1 in two starts with a 3.97 ERA.
"It depends how our bullpen looks," Baker said, "and how it's set up. [General manager] Walt [Jocketty] talked to Rick Sweet [manager of Triple-A Louisville] down there, and he says he has done some bullpen duty. It all depends on how quickly he gets loose, how his arm rebounds, and [Walt] says he gets loose pretty quickly."
Cueto impressing with maturity on mound
WASHINGTON -- Manager Dusty Baker said Johnny Cueto's 5-1 start is the result of maturation. Cueto was just 20-25 in his first two seasons. Currently, he has a 4.09 ERA.
"Cueto's really improved on his location. His velocity is even better," Baker said. "He's had a tendency to stay away from that one bad inning he was prone to."
Baker said Cueto is becoming a student of the game.
"He's not making that mistake -- that hanging slider, that fastball down the middle," Baker said. "He was always nasty. He's just growing and he's much more mature. Different things don't bother him as quickly, or they don't last as long. He can sort of calm his emotions and get himself back together."
Stubbs, Gomes back on same page
WASHINGTON -- When left fielder Jonny Gomes and center fielder Drew Stubbs collided going for a ball in the seventh inning Friday, it proved pivotal. The Nationals eventually scored two runs in the frame and won, 4-2.
"The two outfielders didn't hear each other call for the ball," manager Dusty Baker said. "They talked about the miscue between innings.
"You hate for that to happen, but that's not the first time it's happened. Both of them are calling. Jonny's probably a little bit more demonstrative with his calling than Stubbs is. Hopefully Stubbs can get a little more volume into his voice, because he is a quiet guy period. As bad as it was, it's better than the ball falling and neither one of them going for it."
Matt Palmer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.