Baseball fans have been spoiled in 2012; We have had numerous young talents burst on to the scene and make immediate impacts at the big league level. Prospects like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Anthony Rizzo, and Manny Machado have become some of the biggest stars in the game. Unfortunately, Dylan Bundy, the games consensus number one pitching prospect, will not join them anytime soon.
On Wednesday Baltimore manager indicated that Dylan Bundy would not be a big league call up this September. Bundy will pitch for class AA Bowie in the Eastern League playoffs and then report for instructional league this fall. The Orioles believe that the ability rest their 19 year-old prized pitching prospect as well as giving him the opportunity to refine his command will be beneficial in the long run.
"Frankly what you have to ask yourself is whether he has the chance to be on
your club at the start of the season next year and that answer kind of affects
the way you look at it," Showalter said. "Right now, I want him to pitch his
butt off and try to help Bowie win an Eastern League championship. That’s where
I want his mind set. When that’s over, I look forward to [him] working on some
weaknesses down in instructional league with some very good staff members.
Instructional league is the best prospects you’ve got and the best instructors
While the idea of using Bundy in a David Price-like roll in Baltimore's playoff push would be intriguing, it is certainly not worth gambling the future. As a young power-arm with a small frame, Bundy is instantly dubbed as "risky". However, there is a bright future ahead for the 4th overall pick in last year's draft. Bundy has enjoyed remarkable success in his first professional campaign. Bundy had accumulated a 9-3 record and a minuscule 2.08 ERA after splitting time between Bowie, Delmarva, and Frederick. He has averaged over 10 K's per inning and has three plus pitches in his arsenal. While Bundy won't pitch in Baltimore this September, there's all ways next year.