Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy was scheduled to arrive in Arizona today and, if all goes well, is slated to make his 2015 Arizona Fall League debut next Monday, Nov. 2, for the Peoria Javelinas against the Mesa Solar Sox.
That would be a promising step for the 22-year-old Bundy, who has not pitched in a game since May 21 with Double-A Bowie due to a calcification buildup in his right shoulder.
Considered the club’s most promising prospect since being drafted out of an Oklahoma high school in the first round (fourth overall) in 2011, Bundy has pitched in just 17 pro games since undergoing elbow ligament (Tommy John) surgery in June 2013.
Bundy has been throwing at the club’s minor league facility in Sarasota, Fla., waiting for the go-ahead to pitch in a game. There will be nearly three weeks remaining in the AFL schedule once Bundy debuts next week. He obviously will work to build up his arm strength with short outings.
Next season is an important one for Bundy. Because he signed a big-league contract out of high school, he won’t have any minor league options remaining in 2016. So he’ll have to be on the club’s roster or disabled list all season. He won’t be able to be sent to the minors without first passing through waivers.