It was a huge night for the two biggest prospects in the Orioles minor league system.Minutes after Dylan Bundys promotion to Bowie was announced, the Orioles purchased the contract of Manny Machado, their No. 1 selection in 2010. Machado was batting .266 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs in 109 games at Bowie. Hell report for Thursday nights game against Kansas City.While nearly all of Machados experience has been at shortstop, hell likely play third base. Industry sources have expressed confidence that Machado could make the move from short to third. The Orioles have been pleased with J.J. Hardys play at shortstop.After Bundy allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 13 innings for Frederick against Lynchburg on Wednesday night, the Orioles promoted him to Bowie.In 11 starts with the Keys, Bundy was 6-3 with a 2.98 ERA. He walked 17 and struck out 63 in 54 13 innings. The 19-year-old, who was the teams first draft pick in 2011 and the fourth overall pick, didnt allow a run in 30 innings with Delmarva and was transferred to Frederick in late May.Dylan is ready for his next step toward the major leagues, and we are sending him to Bowie, Dan Duquette, the Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations said on Wednesday night.
Bundy has thrown 84 13 innings in his first season of professional ball, and hell likely conclude it with several starts in Double-A.His first start with the Baysox will likely come on Tuesday against Erie.