Dylan Bundy is on the move for the second time in less than three months, as the Orioles have promoted the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 draft from high Single-A to Double-A.
For a 19-year-old in his first pro season to play at three different levels is pretty rare, but Bundy posted a ridiculous 0.00 ERA in 30 innings at low Single-A and has been fantastic at high Single-A with a 2.57 ERA and 56/15 K/BB ratio in 49 innings.
He doesn’t turn 20 years old until November, but this promotion gives Bundy a chance to face strong competition for the final month of the season and lines him up to possibly reach the majors around the middle of next year if he continues to thrive.
He projects as a potential No. 1 starter and Baseball America‘s midseason rankings update pegged him as the top prospect in all of baseball now that Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Matt Moore are in the majors for good.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he doesn’t expect the club to make a $17.9 million qualifying offer to free agent third baseman Adrián Beltré, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports. Daniels has been in touch with the 39-year-old, who may retire.
Beltré battled hip and hamstring issues throughout the past season, limiting him to 119 games. He hit .273/.328/.434 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI in 481 plate appearances. Going by adjusted OPS, his mark of 98 — 100 is average — was his lowest in a season since 2009 with the Mariners. Beltré’s career average is 116 and he put up a 132 in 2017 and 128 in ’16.
Beltré appears to have some stuff left in the tank. He may not be an All-Star-caliber player anymore, but he can still hit at an average level and he is still an above-average defender. It’s just a matter of his body holding up to allow him to do what he needs to do. If Beltré does decide to re-up with the Rangers for 2019, the club will be prepared to move Isiah Kiner-Falefa or Jurickson Profar over to the hot corner as they did in 2018 in the event Beltré gets bitten by the injury bug.