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Dylan Bundy is going to the big leagues

Sep 19, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

Dylan Bundy AP

Wow, we weren’t expecting this:  Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are calling up Dylan Bundy.

At the end of August the Orioles made up their minds to send Bundy to the instructional league and to not make him a part of their September callups.  But when you play a ton of close games and then throw in an 18-inning affair like they played last night, the pitching gets taxed.  Between a tired staff, a playoff push and a rested phenom, just sitting there and waiting to be used, it makes perfect sense that Bundy is getting the call.

Bundy played on three different levels in his first professional season. He obliterated low-A hitters, allowing only five hits and zero earned runs — I repeat, zero earned runs — in 30 innings. High-A was a bit more of a challenge, but the 19 year-old still posted a 6-3 record with a 2.84 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 54 innings.  In double-A Bundy made three starts, winning two of them and allowing six earned runs in sixteen and two-thirds while striking out 13. His control was a but shaky, relatively speaking, once he started facing the older hitters.

His role with the big club: likely limited relief pitching. The O’s arms need a break. And the future of the franchise is there to give it to them.

  1. randomdigits - Sep 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Talk about going All-in. Good thing for Gausman he isn’t on the 40 man or he would be coming up as well.

    • prionogenic - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      The O’s did a very good job managing Bundy this year, I’m very excited to see him pitch this season and into the future. I think the O’s have the momentum to take the AL East, so I’m glad they are striking when the iron is hot and calling up one of the most electrifying minor league player for the dedicated fans to get a chance to see down the stretch

  2. southpaw2k - Sep 19, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Smart decision – do with Bundy what the Rays did with Price when they first called him up in 2008. Use him in the bullpen to get some brief innings before eventually moving him into the rotation.

    HOLY SMOKES the O’s are exciting this year!

    • dannylaruso - Sep 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      I’m excited to see Bundy too, but Price was a lot different. He went to 3 years of college instead of going straight to the majors and was nearly 23 when he made his debut. Bundy doesn’t have that much experience and at 19, might not be ready. Many could argue they brought up Matusz too early and that didn’t work out as expected. Let’s also not forget that his 6 year contract is set up so that the minute he gets called up, it begins. Instead of bringing him up next year and having him be a free agent in 2019, at 26, he will now be up for contract in 2018, at 25, and quite possibly in his prime.

      • randomdigits - Sep 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        Only thing his contract does is 1-start burning option years right away 2- Make him arbitration ineligible while it runs. Signing a ML deal after getting drafted does not change how team control works.

  3. rockthered1286 - Sep 19, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Scary part of this? They haven’t allowed him to use his full array of pitches. He’ll surely get the green light to do so when he makes his major league debut.

    Chills.

    • randomdigits - Sep 19, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      I am a big Bundy fan but even if they let him use the Cutter I wouldn’t expect dominance just yet. He might not even get into games since I am guessing he will be used in low leverage situations.

      • flavadave10 - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM

        Just because his cutter made high school hitters look silly, that certainly doesn’t mean that it’ll be effective against major league hitters.

      • rockthered1286 - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        Not expecting him to blow people away or make them buckle, however I do think that, like any new to the bigs pitcher, there’s not a ton of tape on Bundy that would help hitters pick him apart easily. They know his tendencies, sure. But they haven’t had much to run on.

        Plus lets give credit where credit is due- the catcher. Weiters has been key in this rotations success this year, especially if you consider (as mentioned post game last night) how you NEVER see pitchers shake him off. I can only hope that Bundy goes with the flow and trust MW. Could be a great situation.

        However, I do think he’ll be used in 10 up/ 10 down scenarios more than anything. Highly doubt he’ll show up in a close called game unless he really flourishes early on. Still the thought of getting acclimated to the bigs this year is huge for Bundy and I hope he gets the most out of it.

        Buckle Up!!

    • prionogenic - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      Hopefully, he’ll be used on mostly low-leverage situations so that he won’t be tempted to over-throw due to the adrenaline and pressure. If he does well in limited action, this will go a long way in building his confidence, because the physical tools are an important part to major league success but by no means the only factor.

    • chuckleberry1974 - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      Dan Duquette just said today “No cutter for Bundy”

  4. number42is1 - Sep 19, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BUNDY!

    • cur68 - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Dang you. I was going to say that. A pox upon you.

    • rockthered1286 - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      I was waiting on a Polk High reference…

    • watermelon1 - Sep 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      too bad all of you fail…. since it’s “WHOA BUNDY!”

  5. stex52 - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Wait! Won’t his arm fall off?? Shouldn’t they shut him down now before he hurts himself?????

    • randomdigits - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      Actually he has innings left. The O’s put a cap of 130 on him and he threw 103.2 during the season and 5 or so in the AA playoffs.

      • paperlions - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

        If he has innings left, can they roll-over for next year?

  6. scapistron - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    shame he won’t be eligible for the post season

    • flavadave10 - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      He will be. He was in the organization on August 31st after all. Plus the Orioles have numerous open spots on the playoff roster since Brian Roberts, Wada, and Nolan Reimold are all on the 60 day DL, Nick Markakis is on the 15 day and won’t be ready by the playoffs, and Wilson Betemit’s season is probably over.

  7. thebadguyswon - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Cool

  8. kevinleaptrot - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Glad to see the Os going all out to make the post season. It would be especially sweet if they can knock the Yankees out of the playoffs.

  9. realgone2 - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Let’s Rock.

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