The Baltimore Orioles have decided to call up Dylan Bundy. Before the rosters expanded in September, the Orioles said they had no plans of calling up the their 19-year-old top prospect.
After an 18-inning battle with the Seattle Mariners, the Orioles now find themselves thin on pitching and have decided to bring up Bundy.
Bundy was the fourth pick of the 2011 draft. He was voted the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). He also represented the Orioles in the 2012 All Star Futures game in Kansas City.
Between A, advanced A and double-A, Bundy has lived up to his expectations, posting a 9-3 record with a 2.08 ERA while striking out 119 hitters in 109 innings. His control has been superb, which reflects his 0.916 WHIP and walking only 28 hitters in 119 innings.
With Bundy now in the majors, he could be very useful for the Orioles during the last two weeks of baseball. The Orioles have already said he is available tonight out of the pen, but he could also make a few spot starts in the last two weeks.
Matt Moore, who ironically made his debut against the Orioles, came up and pitched out of the pen for the Tampa Bay Rays and made a few spot starts. Moore, like Bundy, was the Rays top pitching prospect. He pitched well out of the pen and even won a few big games for the Rays in the last few weeks of the season, helping them to get into the postseason. Bundy could do the same for the Orioles.
The Orioles are currently tied with the New York Yankees at the top of the AL East. Bundy can maybe help the Orioles overtake the Yankees in the division and make it to the postseason for the first time since 1997.
It could be a great way to see how a young pitcher handles big game situations and how he performs under pressure. That’s one of Bundy’s biggest attributes everyone talks about: his ability to handle pressure situations.
Bundy is not available for the postseason roster, but why not give him a start or two to see how he handles the majors? There is a strong chance that if Bundy performs well, he could be in the majors next year. If he pitches well, it’s just another added bonus for the Orioles, just another arm they can rely on with a lead late in the game. If he were to make a few starts and win a game or two, it would make this move look even better.
It’s going to be exciting to see Bundy pitch in the majors. After watching his Futures Game appearance, he definitely has the stuff to pitch in the big leagues, now let’s see if he can actually do it.
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