Before Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox, Showalter indicated that Bundy will remain with Double-A Bowie through their likely postseason run and then participate in the instructional league in Sarasota.
The Baysox can clinch a postseason berth tonight with a win or a Richmond loss and the Eastern League playoffs open on Wednesday. Instructional League play begins on Sept. 12.
Bundy, the fourth overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft, began the season at low Class-A Delmarva, but moved his way up to Double-A as the organization steadily increased his workload. Earlier this month, the Orioles recalled top position prospect Manny Machado from Bowie to become the team's everyday third baseman, a move that has been met with great success.
Bundy is 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 starts with 119 strikeouts over 103 2/3 innings over three minor league levels this season. In his third start for Bowie on Tuesday, Bundy allowed two earned runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking four.
"Command, the higher he’s gone up the more it’s been a challenge for him," Showalter said. "Four walks at Bowie are more walks up here."
Showalter said going to intructional league would allow Bundy to work on -- among them command, working from the stretch, time to the plate and holding runners on.
"He’s at a level where he’s being challenged, just like he was challenged at Frederick," Showalter said of Bundy. "I think the progression of his development has been great. I couldn’t ask for a better progression. I think we’re about 2 ½ weeks before instructional league starting. We’ve got some plans for him, things he needs to work on there."