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Jim Thome likes what he saw from Orioles stud prospect Dylan Bundy

Aug 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

Dylan Bundy AP

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy is arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball and has advanced to Double-A as a 19-year-old after beginning the season at low Single-A.

Jim Thome was on hand for the 2011 first-round pick’s Double-A debut earlier this week, sitting behind home plate while on the disabled list for a herniated disk in his neck, and the future Hall of Famer came away extremely impressed:

He might be one of the best young pitchers I’ve seen in quite a while. He’s got so much upside to him. He looks like a great pitcher. He’s got a great arm, and it’s fun. It’s fun going down there seeing him. He’s obviously got a big, bright career ahead of him.

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Thome made the trek to Bowie at the request of Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who wanted a first-hand report. And here’s the thing about Thome being so impressed by Bundy: It was one of his worst starts, as he allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in 5.1 innings.

Overall this season–his first as a pro–Bundy has a 2.01 ERA and 106/22 K/BB ratio in 90 innings.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    What’s the over/under on his inning count when he hits the majors?

    • bmorelikeme - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Most of what i’ve read is he will have ~30 innings left of his 125 when the minor league season ends. Really hoping those innings will be used out of the big league pen.

    • DJ MC - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      Depends on when he makes it.

      The team wants him to go ~125 innings this year. So if he is promoted this season he’ll get whatever that pro-rated number is. Next year, either way, he’ll probably get the Strasburg Special, though since he’s not coming off an arm injury (knock on wood like a woodpecker in a furniture store on cocaine) it should be less of a hard limit.

      • madhatternalice - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM

        What? He’s not getting promoted this year. I’ll eat your hat if he does.

      • DJ MC - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        Trust me. I wear my Orioles hat all the time, essentially all year-round. You do NOT want to eat it.

        Remember, Machado wasn’t going to get called up this year, either.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Just one of the many reasons I’m glad Bobby V turned down the Orioles coaching gig shortly before they hired Showalter.

  3. cereal blogger - Aug 16, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Wait,,,is that a scouting report ? It sounds as though he simply went to the game & had a nice time. Did he get a jumbo hot dog ? WTF is this ?? Maybe he got some digits ??

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 16, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      Why would he share anything like that with a MLB.com reporter? The other teams in the league can do their own scouting.

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