Part of the reason behind the potential move involves Bunday's contract, as he's out of options in 2016.
"We talked about that," Showalter said. "No, not mandatory. Obviously, and we all know this, contractually he has to be on our major league club next year, so we've taken a number of people from Double-A. First of all, he's got to do well enough there. No, he doesn't have to pitch at Triple-A for us to feel good about him. It's a process for him, little by little. I think June, middle of June, we'll get an idea of what we've got."
Bundy hasn't worked more than three innings in a start and won't be pushed past five innings.
"I know he's going to get up to five I think at some point," Showalter said. "They've got a target going by a lot of homework and history with Tommy John and the whole nine yards. I hope that we're talking about whether we want to call him up in September."
There aren't any plans to give Bundy a reliever's schedule.
"Not at this point. I don't think that's important at this point," Showalter said. "I wouldn't want to get the cart in front of the horse at this point. Let's get through this next outing, see where we are. It's a process."
Bundy has posted a 4.50 ERA and 20:5 K:BB ratio in 18 innings.
"He handled it like a pro," Bowie manager Gary Kendall said, per MASNSports.com. "He's the first guy to tell you if he made a bad pitch. He's not an excuse-maker. He's dedicated and he had a taste of major league life and he knows what it takes. I saw poise Friday night.
Bundy is just about recovered from Tommy John surgery in 2013, and his velocity is evidence. The 22-year-old reched 96 mph in his previous two starts and hit 97 mph on Friday.
A couple of pitching prospects are making progress in their recoveries for the
"He threw the ball extremely well," Orioles director of player development Brian Graham said. "Had command of the fastball and his velocity was good. (Pitching coach) Alan Mills and (manager) Gary Kendall said that was the best they'd seen him.
"His pitches are getting better, but I've said since the first day of spring training, 'Let's look up in June, middle of June and see where Dylan Bundy is.' That is a good indicator."
Meanwhile, fellow right-hander
"There will be a progression with him," Graham said. "I think what we are going to do is two innings and then probably two starts at three innings and one start at four and one at five innings and then we'll get him out to a (full-season) club."
“It’s an innings limit, and that’s fine with me,” Bundy said. “They’re looking out for my arm, so it’s going to be a long process the whole year. Hopefully by July I’m up to five innings, and I’m happy with that.”
Bundy knows the team's plan and hopes that it will help him rise through the ranks.
"That’s up to them, [but] it kind of depends on how I pitch, too," he said. "But I know I’m going to be at three or four innings for a couple months, and I can’t go up to the big leagues throwing three innings as a starter."
Selected fourth overall in 2011, Bundy believes he is fully healthy. But he acknowledges that he has some work to do.
“I’m still trying to get my mechanics to where I used to be, and also command of my pitches, really,” Bundy said. “They say it’s difficult coming off surgery like that getting your command back, so definitely just have got to work on it.”
During his career in the Minors, Bundy has an ERA of 2.42 with 156 strikeouts and 44 walks in 145 innings pitched.
Walker went 1-for-12 at the plate for a lowly .083 batting average this spring. At both Norfolk and Bowie in 2014, Walker hit .288 in 2014.
Bundy posted a 5.79 ERA in three appearances this spring. With Single-A teams Aberdeen and Frederick a year ago, Bundy posted a 3.27 ERA in 41 1/3 innings.
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