Baltimore Orioles’ prospect Dylan Bundy made his 2015 season debut Monday night for the Bowie Baysox. Bundy was effective and efficient in a three inning stint against the Harrisburg Senators. The 22-year-old right-hander did not allow a hit or walk and registered one strikeout during the outing. Bundy threw a total of 34 pitches, 24 of which were strikes.
A three inning start may not sound like much to get excited about, but the Orioles desperately need Bundy to begin making good on his potential. After being selected with the fourth overall selection in the June 2011 MLB Draft, Bundy has been long on potential and short on production. He made his big league debut in September of 2012, but missed much of the following two seasons due to Tommy John surgery. Bundy returned to the mound late last summer for Single-A Frederick and was largely ineffective (4.78 ERA, 1.56 WHIP in 26 1/3 innings). The Orioles were happy just to get Bundy to Spring Training 2015 healthy and ready to pitch a full season.
Bundy failed to impress in big league camp. His velocity was down and his trademark control had vanished. The Orioles sent Bundy to minor league camp with the plan to begin the season pitching three and four inning stints for the first month of the season. Monday’s three inning outing is a good sign and hopefully a harbinger of things to come.
Dylan Bundy is still one of the most talked about young pitchers in baseball, but the one time sure-thing has been beset by question marks. The Orioles spoke openly during Spring Training of their desire to have Bundy ready to help the Major League team during the stretch run. The youngster will need several more starts like Monday night’s to factor into Baltimore’s 2015 plans.