Could Dylan Bundy Crack The Orioles Rotation Out Of Spring Training?

Dylan Bundy 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”?

Good question.

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.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

2 Comments

  1. MGW

    February 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Whatever it takes. Whatever it takes.

    If Bundy is their best pitcher, roll him out there every fifth day. Why hold back a talent?

  2. spy

    February 21, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Since the O’s didn’t make that big splash this off-season this may be their chance to raise the level of interest in the team real quick , just imagine if he is truely a number one , how does that affect the O’s chances this year ?????????????