The last time Baltimore Orioles' number two prospect Dylan Bundy was pitching against professional competition, the date was May 21, 2015, as he donned a Bowie Baysox' (Double-A) uniform in Trenton, New York. Sadly for the 22-year old, his next appearance will end up being more than five months after.
Yesterday, Bundy, who was once one of the most highly touted prospects in all of Minor League Baseball, was assigned to the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League because a right shoulder injury consumed the majority of his 2015 campaign. After receiving clearance to begin throwing from Dr. James Andrews, the Orioles saw it necessary for Bundy to get more innings under his belt since he will have to go to the waiver wire, if not present on the 2016 Baltimore Orioles' Opening Day roster.
Prior to the right hander making eight starts with Bowie this season (0-3 record, 3.68 ERA, and 25 K in 22 IP), Bundy hurled 41.1 frames while suiting up for Frederick (Single-A Advanced) and Aberdeen (Single-A Short Season) in 2014 during his return from Tommy John surgery (which kept him sidelined in 2013).
Despite the Oklahoma native only having 2 games (1.2 innings) of MLB experience, Bundy still has the potential and pitch repertoire (fastball, curveball, and changeup) to be a very good starter for many years to come.
Dylan Bundy joins top-30 organizational prospects Chance Sisco (8th), Mike Yastrzemski (13th), and Adrian Marin (25th) on the Javelinas. While Sisco (0 H in 10 AB) and Yastrzemski (2 H in 11 AB) have not enjoyed their time in "The Grand Canyon State," Marin has feasted on opposing pitching as he possesses the second highest batting average (.333) on the team.
3-3 Peoria will look to begin their climb out of the AFL West Division cellular tomorrow afternoon when taking on the Scottsdale Scorpions.