Keith Law argued the Orioles were babying 2011 first-round pick Dylan Bundy by starting him too low in the minors and giving him to little of a workload. Bundy’s performance thus far has substantiated this point. The 19-year-old starter has been absolutely absurd, to the point where he is clearly overmatched for his competition.
Bundy, 19, has pitched 13 no-hit innings in four starts this season for Delmarva, and allowed just one base-runner on a walk. He has struck out 21 out of the 40 batters he has faced. The sample size is small. Bundy has been permitted to face a lineup a second time once, but he seems to have mastered A-ball.
The justification for keeping him there seems to be having him learn to pwn overmatched hitters with his offspeed pitches rather than just pwning his upper-90s fastball.
“He knows that most lower levels right now, he could probably go out there and dominate with the fastball, but it’s a good opportunity here to work on all of his pitches,” Mattes said. “His curve ball hasn’t been extremely sharp. Right now he’s getting a feel for his changeup. He’s learning not just to throw it, but how to throw it, why to throw it, when to throw it, and it’s a necessary thing for him.”
Yes, and he was clearly learning how to pitch in pressure situations when that one base runner finagled his way to first. These are lessons he could learn against hitters who might have a chance at hitting him, no?
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