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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Jim Callis on Dylan Bundy: “Why can’t he make the rotation out of spring training?”

Callis Bundy. That goes without saying.

I asked Baseball America’s Jim Callis what would be a reasonable progression for the 20-year-old Bundy this season?

“Based on what he did last year, it is certainly reasonable that he will be in the big leagues at some point this season,” Callis said. “For all the Orioles did last year, I don’t think they have five locks for the rotation. A year ago, I don’t think we were talking about Mike Trout having one of the best years a 20-year-old ever had.

“Anything is possible. On sheer talent, not talking about experience, he’s the best starter they have. Why can’t he make the rotation out of spring training? Now the Orioles are trying to win and he is clearly one of their best five starters.

“I think anything we could come up with would sound reasonable. If you told me Dylan would make the rotation in spring and win 15 games this year, I’m not saying he’s a lock for that but I wouldn’t say no way to that either. He is that talented.”

But doesn’t Bundy need more minor league experience and seasoning?

“Look at Bryce Harper. When he went to Double-A, he didn’t dominate like he did in the lower minors. Same is true with Dylan,” Callis said. “I think the natural course for Dylan would be to get him some Triple-A time. But again, last year I wouldn’t have thought the Orioles had any chance to contend and you wouldn’t want to waste any of his service time. But now he is one of the best starters. But we can’t say he doesn’t have anything left to do in the minors. Unless the Orioles have some injuries, though, it wouldn’t surprise me if he pitches some in Triple-A (to start the year).”

Repoz Posted: February 20, 2013 at 09:20 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. SG Posted: February 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM (#4372517)
What would be a reasonable innings limit for Bundy this year? He threw 105.1 innings last year. Would they push him to 150?
   2. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: February 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM (#4372545)
I would guess 140. I think they've already said that they're going to start slow so that he doesn't hit his limit in August.
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM (#4372571)
What would be a reasonable innings limit for Bundy this year? He threw 105.1 innings last year. Would they push him to 150?

A 20 y.o. with one professional season? I'd be very, very careful.

The O's are likely not a contender. I'd probably use him as a "Sunday Starter" in the minors and hope he has 75 good IP left for the stretch if the O's are in it.
   4. Brian Posted: February 20, 2013 at 07:57 PM (#4373070)
If they must have him in the Majors maybe they can be like Earl and have him work long relief for awhile? It doesn't need to be the classic, only in blow-outs role, they can have pitch 2 innings twice a week when, here's a crazy idea, they need him. The 5th and 6th on Tuesday and the 7th and 8th on Friday/Saturday depending on the situation. If he's that good, he'll be even better in small stints as well as keep his IP down.
   5. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: February 20, 2013 at 08:04 PM (#4373074)
Bundy was good, not great in the Carolina League. I am extremely skeptical that he can't learn at least as much pitching against high-minors hitters.

It's possible that he's going to take a step forward this year, certainly he's an incredible talent who could easily do that, but I don't see why you wouldn't let him destroy the Eastern League for a month or two before putting him in the majors.

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