The Baltimore Orioles have optioned their top pitching prospect to the minors. Starter Dylan Bundy will begin his 2013 baseball season with Triple-A Norfolk.
Bundy posted a 1-1 record with a 1.13 earned run average, five strikeouts, six walks and eight innings in four appearances (one start) in Spring Training. He was always a long shot to clinch a spot on Baltimore’s Opening Day roster, but it is good to see that he certainly is capable of pitching in the big leagues.
The 20-year old was the fourth overall selection in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Orioles. In his first season in the minors last year, Bundy went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA, 119 strikeouts and 103.2 innings in 23 starts. These numbers occurred over the course of three levels in the minors, with the highest being Double-A. He also appeared in the big leagues at the end of the season as a September call-up, and he did not give up a run in 1.2 innings of relief.
There are certainly high hopes for the right-hander in the Baltimore organization. The fact that he has handled himself well in every situation he has been thrown into is very impressive. Even though the Orioles were never truly considering him for the starting rotation, it appears he is not as far off as most people may have thought.
If something were to happen to any of the Baltimore starters during the 2013 season, expect to see Bundy be one of the first players to be called up.