Notes & Images from camp Day 4
*It had been a quiet day until top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy took the mound for his first open bullpen session. (The first sessions were down in the closed cages because they were put through Rick Peterson’s biomechanical analysis first.)
It’s not often you see a crowd of people hanging around to watch #82 throw in Spring Training, but there was a sizable group on hand to watch Bundy including numerous Orioles catchers, pitcher Zach Britton, and just about every top Orioles official. The 19-year-old Bundy has been earning raves for how he’s handled himself so far in camp and he showed Wednesday that his velocity reports were far from exaggerated. He threw alongside Steve Johnson, the last two to go, and was caught by Brian Ward. I have a full story up on Bundy — that you can read here— but I also wanted to pass along some quotes from the young right-hander…
[any nervous/anxiety?] “My first ‘pen was, which was Monday. Monday was the worst man, I was kind of excited to throw that one. I was pretty wild. Today was a lot easier. The group [watching], I’m kind of used to it by now, in high school I always had a bunch of people watching.”
[on how hard he was throwing] “I’d say about 90, 92 percent. I’m not very good at percentages. Usually I like to make it as realistic as possible and close to game speed.”
[on his offseason leading up to this] “I’ve been throwing back home in Oklahoma, probably threw six, seven, eight ‘pens.”
[on Orioles catcher Matt Wieters]
“I can’t wait to throw to him. He’s going to teach me a lot about hitters and location of pitches, why to throw that pitch, when to throw it. I’m excited if I get to throw to him, we’ll see.”
[on adjusting to his first big league camp]
“It’s just baseball. It’s a bigger locker room with bigger names in it. I mean it’s the same stuff as high school basically except it’s a lot bigger, lot faster game and a lot bigger people.”
*The Orioles will bring in catcher Caleb Joseph to fill the spot of Dane Sardina, who failed his physical due to an elbow issue.
*Reliever Jim Johnson (lower back) came through yesterday’s half mound session with no problems and he will throw off the half mound once more before progressing to the full mound.
*Zach Britton (left shoulder inflammation) will throw Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with the emphasis being on increasing his throws and the distance. Britton is looking at the middle to end of next week as a target to get on the mound, but right now it seems the team is moving very cautiously with him.
*Other pitchers who threw bullpens today included Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Jason Berken, Jon, Link, Pat Neshek, Armando Galarraga, Miguel Socolovich, Oliver Drake, Willie Eyre and Oscar Villarreal.
*Nick Johnson talks about his right wrist being finally healthy and getting an opportunity with the Orioles here.
*Pitcher Jason Hammel talks about his new team and returning to the AL East in a video interview here.
*On a non-Spring Training note, I wanted to pass along this little note that may pertain to some of you..
Zion Lutheran Church will hold its second annual baseball talk at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 in the church’s sanctuary, 2215 Brandywine Lane, York. This year’s event features: Mel Antonen, baseball writer for SI.com and MASN and a Sirius/XM talk show host; Dan Connolly, Orioles/national baseball writer for The Baltimore Sun; and Jim Seip, York Revolution beat writer for the York Daily Record/York Sunday News. The writers will present their thoughts on the upcoming baseball season – Orioles, Phillies, Nationals, all MLB, plus the Revolution and the Atlantic League — and will answer questions from the audience. There is no admission fee, but a freewill offering will be taken to benefit the church’s youth ministry program. For more information, contact the church at 717-767-4673.
Dylan Bundy throws to catcher Brian Ward.
Another view of Bundy.
Bench coach John Russell, manager Buck Showalter and catcher Matt Wieters watching Bundy’s session.
Brian Matusz throwing a bullpen session. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had high praise for Matusz afterward, singling out the lefty for an impressive performance on Wednesday.
Dan Duquette and Jim Palmer look on during the bullpens.