No More Instructs For Bundy

BALTIMORE—The Orioles' last two first-round picks, righthanders Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, reported to the minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla., to participate in instructional league.

Bundy didn't stay there long, getting the callup to Baltimore on Sept. 19 to help the big league club for the final month of the season.

"Instructional league is the best prospects you've got and the best instructors you've got," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "That's the way it used to be and is this year with us.

"It used to be something you never turned down. You want to skip a level next year? You better take your butt down to instructional league. If you don't? That's fine. Go on home. But keep the apartment in the city you're in."

The 19-year-old Bundy was long rumored to be a September callup for the Orioles after going 9-3, 2.08 in 23 starts between low Class A Delmarva, high Class A Frederick and Double-A Bowie. He walked 28 and struck out 119 in 104 innings.
The Orioles initially decided that he needed to work on a few things while they pushed toward their first postseason berth since 1997.

"I think the progression of his development has been great," Showalter said. "Couldn't ask for a better progression."

The Orioles also will use the games to assist in the rehab of injured players Nicky Delmonico, Matt Hobgood, Austin Knight, Trent Mummey, Stu Pomeranz, Ashur Tolliver and Tsuyoshi Wada.

"We're going to play games and they're going to mean something," Showalter said.
"You're going to play five (games) a week, a camp day and an off day on Sunday, kind of a throwback instructional league the way they used to be, instead of these 10-day mini-camps."


• The Orioles called up outfielder L.J. Hoes from Triple-A Norfolk in September. He batted .287/.372/.388 with 23 doubles, seven triples, five homers and 54 RBIs in 513 at-bats with Double-A Bowie and Norfolk.

• Second baseman Ryan Adams cleared waivers and was outrighted to Norfolk. A second-round pick in 2006, Adams batted .224/.312/.353 with 18 doubles, four homers and 20 RBIs in 232 at-bats with the Tides. He can become a minor league free agent in November if he elects not to re-sign with Baltimore.