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Time to move Dylan Bundy to a new level?

There probably isn't anybody left who doubts that Orioles pitching phenom Dylan Bundy can take his 99-mph fastball and compete at the higher levels of the club's minor league system. The only question is how long Dan Duquette, Rick Peterson and Buck Showalter think he needs to build his self-esteem against totally overmatched Class-A competition.

There is a method to their madness. They want Bundy to perfect his changeup and get positively acclimated to professional baseball. He appears to have made huge progress on both fronts in his three appearances for the Delmarva Shorebirds. When you pitch 13 innings and allow just one walk, that's a pretty good indication that you need a little more competition.

To his credit, Bundy is leaving all that up to the Orioles front office. He continues to say all the right things about the way he's being handled. The next stop probably will be Frederick, but if he keeps throwing the way he has the past couple of weeks, he'll be at the top of the minor league ladder before you know it.

There's another reason he needs to move pretty soon. If he stays at Delmarva much longer, he's going to make all the pitchers and hitters in South Atlantic League question whether they chose the right profession.

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