FREDERICK -- Top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will be promoted to Double-A Bowie and make his first start for the Baysox as part of a doubleheader Aug. 14, High-A Frederick manager Orlando Gomez said after the Keys' game Wednesday night.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed the promotion and said Bundy won't be officially added to the roster until before that start.
Bundy didn't have his best performance Wednesday, allowing four runs (all earned) on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings against Lynchburg. He struck out seven and walked two.
The 19-year-old right-hander — who got the news of his promotion during a ten-minute closed-door meeting with Gomez, pitching coach Blaine Beatty, and Orioles pitching coordinator Rick Peterson — said that even after an outing he considered poor, the time was right for such a move.
“They know I have my off-speed stuff right now, it's just the fact of the matter [is] that locating my fastball is something you're not always going to have, so you've got to grind it out like that,” Bundy said.
Bundy, who went 6-3 with a 2.98 ERA in 11 starts for the Keys, will throw two more bullpen sessions in Frederick before joining the Baysox.
Even with the higher level of competition, Bundy expects the same type of results in the season's final month.
“I've just got to grind out the rest of the season and pitch to my ability, which is a lot better than I pitched tonight” he said. “Just locating my fastball and throwing my off-speed pitches for strikes.”
Two of the four runs Bundy allowed Wednesday came on a two-run homer with two outs in the third by the Hillcats’ Chris Garcia. The last time Bundy gave up four runs was June 14, also against Lynchburg, when he allowed four runs on five hits over 3 2/3 innings.
Bundy entered Wednesday’s game having allowed just one earned run over his last three starts – a span of 16 1/3 innings.
His ERA with Frederick rose from 2.57 to 2.98. He didn't allow an earned run in his first 30 innings of the season pitching for Low-A Delmarva.
Baltimore Sun reporter Eduardo A. Encina contributed to this report.