By Peter Schmuck
The Baltimore Sun
5:59 PM EDT, May 22, 2012
The Orioles are getting ready to promote pitching phenom Dylan Bundy, and it appears he’ll move up just one level to the High-A Frederick Keys, but no one has confirmed that and club officials are still deciding whether to keep him in a six-man rotation.
“That’s one of the aspects we’re discussing,’’ baseball operations chief Dan Duquette said. “I try to focus on the skills he’s developing. What’s important are the skills he develops to become a major league pitcher.
“We want him to get where he needs to be to be a major league pitcher, and that means working on changing speeds and his breaking pitches.”
In other words, Duquette is saying he’s more concerned with Bundy working on his off-speed stuff than whom he’s pitching against. Duquette gave a hint at the direction that Bundy may be going when he pointed out that director of pitching development Rick Peterson “uses the analogy that Bundy is in his freshman year.”
Since Peterson is known for his conservative approach to developing young pitchers, that would seem to indicate that Bundy won’t jump a full minor league level – at least not this time.