BALTIMORE -- Dylan Bundy starts on Thursday night for Bowie in Trenton, N.J. Bundy will be looking for his first win with the Baysox as the second anniversary of his Tommy John surgery nears.
Bundy is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in seven starts. He’s struck out 20 in 19 innings while walking five.
In 2012, Bundy moved quickly from Delmarva to Frederick, and then on to Bowie before pitching in two September games for the Orioles.
He didn’t pitch at all in 2013, and last season pitched nine times for Aberdeen and Frederick.
One thing the 22-year-old, who was the Orioles first pick in the 2011 draft, hasn’t yet done is pitch in Triple A.
Manager Buck Showalter says that’s not a necessary stop on his way back to the majors. In 2016, Bundy will be out of options.
“Not mandatory. Obviously, and we all know this, contractually he has to be on our major league club next year,” Showalter said. “Would you like to see him? First of all, he’s got to do well enough there. No, he doesn’t have to pitch at Triple-A for us to feel good about him. It’s a process for him, little by little. I think June, middle of June we’ll get an idea of what we’ve got.”
Bundy’s innings have been strictly limited, and he’ll soon start pitching five in a start.
“They’ve got a target going by a lot of homework and history with Tommy John and the whole nine yards. I hope that we’re talking about whether we want to call him up in September,” Showalter said.
The Orioles haven’t decided whether he’ll fit better as a starter or reliever.
“Not at this point. I don’t think that’s important at this point. I wouldn’t want to get the cart in front of the horse at this point. Let’s get through this next outing. See where we are. It’s a process,” Showalter said. “I’m hoping in September we bring people up here that can try and get us in the playoffs.”
MORE ORIOLES: Paredes outshines Cruz as Orioles win 9-4