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: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE
Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will head to instructional league when his season for Double-A Bowie ends, manager Buck Showalter announced prior to Wednesday’s game.
The news effectively eliminates increased speculation that the 19-year-old Bundy would be a September callup as part of Baltimore’s playoff push.
With the early success on the big stage of fellow prospect Manuel Machado, and the way Bundy has dominated in his first professional season, many thought the Orioles might promote the 19-year-old to help lead Baltimore to the playoffs. The Orioles do not feel Bundy is ready for the major leagues quite yet, however, and do not see any reason to rush his development.
After demolishing both low- and high-A ball this season, Bundy has encountered his first struggles since his recent promotion to Double-A. The right-hander has a nice 3.24 ERA in three starts but has walked eight in just over sixteen innings. In twenty-three starts on the season between three levels, Bundy owns a 2.08 ERA, 10.3 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in one hundred three and two-thirds innings.
Bundy will head to instructional league on September 12 when the Double-A playoffs have come to an end.