Orioles right-handed pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey are the team’s only two representatives in the midseason Top 50 lists released by Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America on Monday.
Bundy, who is working his way back from Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery and is expected to return and maybe contribute in the major leagues this year, was ranked No. 8 in the Baseball Prospectus Top 50.
Bundy struck out 22 batters and allowed one earned run in 15 innings over three injury rehabilitation starts with short-season Single-A Aberdeen before making a start Friday with High-A Frederick. Bundy allowed three earned runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings for the Keys.
Harvey, a South Atlantic League All-Star who was selected No. 22 overall in last year's draft by the Orioles, was ranked No. 21 by Baseball Prospectus, which has touted him since late last year as a potential star. Harvey is 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings (15 starts) for the Shorebirds.
Bundy was ranked No. 15 in the Baseball Prospectus Top 101 in the offseason, while Harvey was No. 58.
Bundy checked in at No. 10 on the Baseball America Top 50 on Monday, while Harvey was at No. 31. Bundy was No. 15 in the offseason rankings, and promotions of other players have likely bumped Bundy up.
Harvey was not ranked in the BA Top 100 in the offseason because the site didn’t believe he was of that caliber out of high school, but he has established himself as a top prospect in Delmarva this year.
Neither site ranked players in the major leagues, which eliminated Kevin Gausman from the eligible player pool, though Gausman still has his rookie eligibility.
Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who is pitching at Double-A Bowie this year, was ranked No. 61 by BP and No. 65 by BA in the offseason, but he missed time with a knee injury this year and has a 4.81 ERA in 12 starts.