Dylan Bundy has been promoted to Class-A Advanced Frederick and will make his first start on Saturday versus Salem. Bundy, the organization’s top pitching prospect, hasn’t allowed an earned run in 30 innings for Low-A Delmarva to start his professional career and has dominated hitters at that level.
He has allowed two unearned runs on five hits and two walks with 40 strikeouts and was expected to move up just one level, as the Orioles are using patience in handling the 19-year-old phenom.
“What’s important are the skills he develops to become a Major League pitcher,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said of Bundy, who will stay in the 125-130 innings range in his first pro season.
“He can get players out because he has an exceptional fastball…we want him to get where he needs to be to be a Major League pitcher, and that means working on changing speeds and his breaking pitches.”
Duquette also said on Tuesday that director of pitching development Rick Peterson has likened Bundy’s first taste of pro ball to his “freshman year”, a thinking that supports the organization’s slow-moving plans for the young righty. Bundy has been part of a six-man rotation to better spread out his starts, and that will be the case again in Frederick despite pitcher Mike Wright being promoted to Double-A Bowie.
Bundy –the O’s top pick last year– made his final start for Delmarva on Sunday, and you can read more about that outing here.