Bundy Makes Quick Impression On O's
SARASOTA, FLA.—It didn't take long for Dylan Bundy to make a positive impression in camp.
One day at the most.
Bundy, the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Owasso High in Oklahoma, has no chance to make the big club out of spring training. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound righthander will likely begin his professional career at low Class A Delmarva. But he's going to leave a lasting impression on manager Buck Showalter and his staff.
"He's a pretty serious kid, and rightfully so. And it's not because he's nervous, either," Showalter said. "I'm sure he's trying to figure out a way to make the club. He's a very attentive listener. He'll get out of this what he needs to get out of it and get on with his season.
"He's good. He's got a lot of respect for the level here. You can tell he's been around baseball. He's a very polished young man."
The Orioles' rotation is wide open, with no spots guaranteed after another last-place finish and the trade of Jeremy Guthrie to the Rockies, but Bundy isn't competing for one. That's not why he arrives early each morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.
"It's to learn from all these older guys and pick their brains and see what they're thinking and what their thought process is on the field and learn as much baseball as I can while I'm here," he said.
"I want to learn how these people act around here in the clubhouse and come out of here smarter than I was about the game of baseball."
Bundy, 19, figures to move though the system at a rapid pace, though the Orioles will be careful with their top prospect.
"I want to be in high-A, but I'm sure it will probably be low-A," he said. "Whatever the team decides is fine with me."
When does Bundy envision himself reaching the majors?
"I'd like to be there next year," he said. "That's the best goal I can absolutely have and I'm going to try my hardest to reach it, and I feel very confident that there's a chance and the organization's going to give me the chance to make it. We'll see."
• Former Phillies catcher Dane Sardinha, signed to a minor league contract, failed his physical and was removed from the camp roster. The Orioles planned on summoning Michael Ohlman from the minor league complex to replace him and perhaps bringing in another catcher.
• Lefthander Ryan Edell, also signed as a minor league free agent, never reported to camp. The Orioles believe Edell decided to retire for family reasons.