|Dylan Bundy threw made his big-league debut at 19 years, 313 days. (AP)|
Heralded Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy made his big-league debut on Sunday, four days after being called up. He retired both batters he faced in the eighth inning of the 2-1 Red Sox victory at Fenway Park.
Bundy was called upon in the bottom of the eighth with one on and one out. He got Ryan Lavarnway to fly out to center and Danny Valencia to fly out to right, ending the inning. In all, he threw seven pitches. He threw five fastballs at an average of 93.44 mph and a max of 94.4, as well as two sliders, according to BrooksBaseball.net.
"I was nervous at first. When I threw that first pitch, I was hoping it would be a strike," Bundy told reporters (via Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com). "But after that first pitch, I felt a whole lot better about the whole thing."
Bundy said when he first got the call, he wasn't expecting it and couldn't find his glove. But after he did, he got warmed up as soon as possible -- even if he wasn't sure he was quite ready when Showalter summoned him.
"We've got a doubleheader tomorrow, and start pitching people who shouldn't be pitching and you're going to be pretty short tomorrow," manager Buck Showwalter told reporters (via MASNSports.com). "It was a good spot for Dylan down in the order to kind of get him going a little bit. I was proud of him. He handled it well."
At 19 years, 313 days, Bundy is the 16th-youngest player in Orioles history. The fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, Bundy was 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA over three levels in the minors this season, striking out 119 batters in 103 2/3 innings.