Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy is up to nine hitless innings for low-A Delmarva, but he did walk a batter last night. It’s the only batter to reach against him so far this season.
Bundy, the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft, has been limited to three innings an outing by the Orioles thus far, hence the total of nine innings pitched to date. He’s struck out 15 of the 28 batters he’s faced.
The Orioles gave Bundy a major league contract out of high school, so he’s already on the 40-man roster. Still, they’re being exceptionally careful with him anyway. Possessing a high-90s fastball and a strong curve, he has as much upside as any pitcher in the minors. Still, while he might actually be capable of succeeding in the majors at the tender age of 19, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll pitch for Baltimore this season. It’ll be tougher for the Orioles to hold him back next year if he starts the year overmatching Double-A hitters.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.