Breaking news: Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy is human

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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.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.