If Dylan Bundy is ready to pitch in the big leagues, why hold him back? Dan Duquette and the Orioles showed their aggression with young talent last season when they promoted Manny Machado from Double-A Bowie in August and sent Bundy up for a cup of coffee in September.
Bundy was recently listed as the number two prospect throughout all the land by Baseball America and executive editor Jim Callis wonders if the 20 year old righty could make the O’s rotation our of Spring Training.
“Sheer talent, not talking experience, he’s the best starter they have,” Callis told MASNSports.com’s Steve Melewski. “Why can’t he make rotation out of spring training”?
BA grades Bundy’s fastball at a 70 mark on the 20-80 scale, his curve a 65, changeup at 60, control a 65 and command a 60. If he truly is the Orioles best option in the rotation, I have to imagine Buck Showalter would make it known to the front office that he wants Bundy on the big league roster.
But my gut tells me that the Orioles will pace themselves with their development of Bundy. He only threw 103 2/3 innings down on the farm last season and started just three games at Double-A. I expect the Birds to space out his innings this season in hopes of Bundy making an impact on the club later in the summer.