As Orioles prized pitching prospect Dylan Bundy works his way back from Tommy John surgery, opposing hitters in Class A are paying the price.
In his third minor-league rehab start Friday night, Bundy worked five shutout innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out seven (MiLB.com). The outing came exactly one year to the day that Bundy had Tommy John surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews.
Through three rehab starts, Bundy has a 0.60 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in 15 innings. He's a man among boys.
The Orioles haven't officially announced the next step for the 2011 first-rounder (fourth overall pick), but he made three starts in Double-A in 2012 before making two MLB relief appearances. Surely he's ticketed for Double-A soon and a return to the majors in September can't be ruled out -- though the Orioles will obviously handle him with kid gloves.
Baseball America ranked Bundy as the number two prospect in baseball in the spring of 2013 and this past spring it still had him 15th, even after Tommy John surgery. His upside is an elite-level ace.