The headline may be a stretch of the truth, but I wouldn’t doubt if it becomes a fact sooner than later.
Through three starts for the Class A Delmarva Shorebirds, Bundy has pitched 9 almost perfect innings, losing that “perfect” term last night in his home debut versus the Hagerstown Suns when he issued a walk in the 3rd inning of the game.
Other than that, Bundy has been a machine. He struck out 6 batters a piece in each of his first two starts, and currently holds a ridiculous statline of 15 K/9 and a 15:1 K:BB ratio.
A source who wishes to remain anonymous told me last night that Bundy was consistently sitting in the 96-98 range with his fastball, touching 99 on one or two occasions. There were rumors swirling that he hit 102, but that was only what was seen on the sign for the stadium gun. And we all know how accurate those things can be. Bundy was able to mix in his changeup for a few called strikes as well as the curveball, which is becoming a primary out pitch for the 6’1″ righty.
Bundy’s next start will be pushed to 4 innings, and he will have a few more after that at this length. Following these limitations, Bundy will be able to pitch into the 5th and even deeper later in the season. The Orioles are holding back on the 19 year old flamethrower so that he can get acclimated to the ranks of pro ball and also to limit his innings early on so that he can pitch through the whole season.
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