There were rumblings last week that the Orioles might make pitching prospect Dylan Bundy part of their September callups. But it’s not going to happen.
Here’s the info, from MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli:
Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will head to instructional league when his season for Double-A Bowie ends, manager Buck Showalter announced prior to Wednesday’s game. The news effectively eliminates increased speculation that the 19-year-old Bundy would be a September callup as part of Baltimore’s playoff push.
Bundy has issued eight walks in 16 2/3 innings since his promotion to the Double-A level, and the O’s are concerned that those minor control issues would only multiply in the major leagues. So rather than risk shattering the 19-year-old right-hander’s confidence, they’ll opt for a more slow and steady approach.
“I think the progression of his development has been great,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters on Wednesday evening. “Couldn’t ask for a better progression.”
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.