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.
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.