In the wake of the 18-inning game Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the Orioles have made a special call for additional pitching depth. Top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy is headed for Seattle and could be there in time for tonight’s series finale against the Mariners at Safeco Field.
It makes sense. The Orioles needed seven relievers to pitch 12 2/3 scoreless innings after Wei-Yin Chen left the game in the sixth inning and have used nine different relievers during the first two games against the M’s.
The plan was for Bundy to be shut down after his playoff appearance for the Bowie Baysox and sent to Instructional League in Florida, but team officials obviously decided that whatever innings he might pitch down in Florida would be of more value to the major league club. When he makes his first appearance, Bundy, 19, will be the first Oriole to debut before his 20th birthday since right-hander Mike Adamson in 1967.
Bundy gave up one run on six hits over six innings in his final minor league start on Sept. 5 and pitched a total of 109 2/3 innings at three levels in his first professional season. He was a combined 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA at Delmarva, Frederick and Bowie during the regular season and was recently named to the Baseball America Minor League All-Star Team.
The Orioles had him on strict pitch and innings limits throughout the year and he finished well short of the 130 innings that club officials hinted at during spring training. He was working out at the club’s Sarasota training site, but had not pitched in game action since the Double-A playoffs.
Bundy and infielder Manny Machado are the first pair of Orioles 20 or younger that have debuted together in the same season since outfielder Paul Blair and left-hander Frank Bertaina in 1964.