July 8, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; USA pitcher Dylan Bundy throws a pitch during the fourth inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
"As each day passes, it seems more obvious that Bundy will be called up and make his major league debut before the season ends. At age 19. After beginning the year at low Single-A Delmarva.
Bundy figured to get an inning here and there out of the bullpen, but not according to the latest rumor, which has the Orioles recalling him on Aug. 31 and giving him a start on Sept. 6 against the Yankees at Camden Yards."
Bundy, 19, was the No. 4 pick of the 2011 MLB Draft. Between three levels, the right-hander has a 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and is averaging 10.3 strikeouts against 2.2 walks for every nine innings he's pitched. With 98 and 1/3 innings pitched over 22 starts, he's averaging just over four frames per start.
The Orioles are 68-57, five games back of the Yankees in the American League East. They're tied with the Oakland Athletics for the second AL Wild Card.
Baltimore hasn't made the playoffs since 1997. The team already made an aggressive promotion when Manny Machado was called up Double-A to take over at third base. Machado, also 19, has hit .240/.255/.560 over 14 games in the majors.
If he's called up, how should the O's use Bundy?