UPDATE: As expected, the Orioles have promoted Bundy from low Single-A to high Single-A.
Dylan Bundy’s numbers at low Single-A are absolutely ridiculous, as the No. 4 pick in last year’s draft has thrown 30 innings with a 0.00 ERA and 40/2 K/BB ratio while allowing opponents to hit just .053.
I wrote about the Orioles prospect’s dominance earlier this week and the most common follow-up question was “why haven’t they promoted him yet?”
There’s no rush with Bundy, as he’s just 19 years old, but sure enough Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun reports that “the Orioles are getting ready to promote” Bundy “and it appears he’ll move up just one level to the High-A Frederick Keys.”
I’m sure there’s a certain segment of the fan base upset that he isn’t moving up to Double-A or higher, but having a 19-year-old pitching prospect go level-to-level in his first pro season is pretty standard even when he’s putting up video game numbers.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.