Orioles Can't Quell Bundy Hype





BALTIMORE—It has become impossible to contain the Dylan Bundy hype. And the blame lies squarely on his shoulders. The 19-year-old righthander has been too good to go unnoticed. He has been too good to go a day without more superlatives dropped at his feet.

Bundy had yet to allow a run through his first five starts for low Class A Delmarva, a stretch of 17 innings in which he allowed only one hit, two walks and struck out 25.

"People say I'm not being challenged, but I'm being challenged by working on my secondary pitches and developing myself as a better pitcher," Bundy said. "It might not look like they're challenging me, but they really are. They're live batters and I'm working on my secondary pitches as well and command of the fastball."

Bundy's first three starts each covered three innings. His next three outings were each scheduled to last four innings. Bundy eventually will reach high Class A Frederick, but the Orioles want him working on his changeup to complement his fastball and curveball.

"Definitely, I feel like I can throw that pitch anytime I want right now, just like a fastball," Bundy said. "The kind of movement I want is not exactly there. Sometimes it will get more run than sinking, but that is what I'm working out right now."

Delmarva pitching coach Troy Mattes agrees with the approach and that Bundy has work to do on his secondary pitches.

"He knows at most lower levels he could dominate with the fastball, but it's a good opportunity here to work on all his pitches," Mattes said. "His curveball hasn't been extremely sharp. Right now he's getting a feel for his changeup and (April 30) was the most confident and comfortable he's been with it.

"He's learning not just to throw it, but how to throw it, why to throw it, when to throw it. We saw with Zach Britton where he was getting to Double-A and Triple-A and learning how to throw the changeup and why. We're speeding up the process with Dylan."

BIRD SEED

• The Orioles released third baseman Josh Barfield from Triple-A Norfolk's roster. Barfield had been signed to a minor league deal in spring training.

• The Orioles promoted outfielder Ronny Welty, 24, to Double-A Bowie after he hit .415 with seven doubles, three triples and three homers in 13 games at Frederick.