Bundy Exceeds Hype For Orioles

BEST PLAYER: Outfielder L.J. Hoes was the fourth-youngest player in the International League at age 22, but it didn't show. A third-round pick in 2008 out of high school in Washington, D.C., he hit .300/.374/.397 in 317 at-bats with Triple-A Norfolk after batting .265/.368/.372 at Double-A Bowie.

Hoes was slated to play for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, but that trip could be delayed after he earned a September callup to Baltimore when Nick Markakis went on the disabled list with a broken thumb.

BEST PITCHER: Dylan Bundy lived up to the hype and then some. The 19-year-old went a combined 9-3, 2.08 in 23 starts between low Class A Delmarva, high Class A Frederick and Bowie. He allowed 67 hits and 28 walks while striking out 119 in 104 innings, establishing himself as the best pitching prospect in the game.
Bundy didn't allow an earned run in 30 innings at Delmarva, walking two and striking out 40, before moving up to Frederick where he went 6-3, 2.84 in 12 starts.

KEEP AN EYE ON: The 2009 draft has mostly been a dud for the Orioles up to this point, but second baseman/third baseman Ty Kelly, a 24-year-old switch-hitter, is trying to salvage it. A 13th-round pick out of UC Davis, he batted a combined .332/.429/.475 with 29 doubles, 11 homers and 70 RBIs between Frederick, Bowie and Norfolk. Kelly was most dominant at Frederick, batting .346/.460/.513 in 76 games.


• Middle infielder Sammie Starr, promoted from Delmarva, became the 75th different player used by Norfolk when he started at shortstop on Aug. 31, breaking the International League record of 74 set by Louisville in 2003. The Tides also tied the league record for most starting pitchers used (25).

• The Orioles wanted to assign Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia, a 25-year-old signed for $778,500, to Bowie after a brief stint at the minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla., but he returned to Haiti while waiting for his visa. Urrutia, who defected from Cuba, had been working out at the Orioles' Dominican academy.