Stud prospect Dylan Bundy made his big-league debut for the Orioles yesterday, as the 19-year-old former No. 4 overall pick came into the eighth inning of a 2-1 game against the Red Sox.
Bundy needed just seven pitches to record two outs–both via fly balls–and there was no bottom of the ninth inning, so his debut was a brief one.
It was still pretty impressive, though. Ryan Lavernway and Danny Valencia aren’t exactly big-name hitters, but Bundy’s raw stuff was every bit as impressive as advertised. He threw a fastball on five of his seven pitches, averaging 94 miles per hour, and both sliders Bundy threw were strikes (one swinging, one looking).
Not bad for a guy who began this season at low Single-A and won’t be 20 years old for another two months.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies are close to signing free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit. An announcement is expected before the winter meetings end on Thursday.
Benoit, 39, has quietly been among the better relievers in baseball over the past seven years. This past season with the Mariners and Blue Jays, the right-hander put up an aggregate 2.81 ERA with a 52/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. That included a 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings after the Jays acquired him from the Mariners.
Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle during a benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees near the end of the regular season. He’s expected to be healthy for spring training.
The Phillies have now added three relievers this offseason with Benoit, Pat Neshek, and David Rollins.
ESPN’s Pedro Gomez provides a previously unreported detail of the new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the owners and the players’ union last week. Players’ meal money for road games is being reduced from $105 to $30 per day. Teams are providing pre- and post-game meals in the visitors’ clubhouse to offset some of the decrease in meal money.
Gomez quotes an unnamed player who said, “I doubt many guys know about the money going down, nor would they have agreed to it.” All of the players Gomez contacted said they were unaware of and unhappy about the change.
Clubhouse attendants are certainly unhappy about this change, too. As Gomez notes, the attendants previously provided food for visiting teams which earned them tips from the players.
EDIT: It’s worth clarifying that chefs are required in clubhouses now as part of the new CBA, so it’s not a complete loss for the players.