Orioles stud prospect Dylan Bundy was almost literally unhittable at low Single-A to begin the season, throwing 30 innings with a 0.00 ERA and 40/2 K/BB ratio while holding opponents to a .053 batting average.
That earned him a promotion to high Single-A and Bundy has continued to pitch well there with a 23/6 K/BB ratio in 19 innings–particularly considering he’s just 19 years old–but he’s also allowed at least one run in all four of his starts and yesterday struggled for the first time as a pro.
Bundy failed to make it out of the fourth inning while allowing four runs, including his third homer in four starts, and now has a 4.42 ERA at high Single-A.
None of which changes the fact that he’s among the truly elite handful of prospects in all of baseball, but it does show why teams don’t just rush a prospect through the farm system when he dominates at the lower levels. Bundy still projects as a future ace and still figures to be in the majors by his 21st birthday, but it turns out he’s also human.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.