SARASOTA, Fla. -- Right-hander Dylan Bundy pitched a perfect bottom of the fourth inning in Saturday's intrasquad game, which the visiting team won, 3-2. Bundy earned the usual rave reviews in the process.
Bundy, MLB.com's No. 10 overall prospect at 19 years old, struck out Adam Jones with an array of fastballs away, got Matt Wieters to pop out to right field, then froze Mark Reynolds with a curveball for his second strikeout of the inning.
"What's that saying? 'The sky's the limit'?" Jones said. "It's just a matter of what he wants to do. He's got great stuff, but he's going to have to go face some hitters. Some people are going to hit him. It's just a matter of how well he's going to react to that.
"My prediction is he just blows by the Minors, or should, in a couple years and be in the bigs. He's going to have to go out and face hitters and see them a second time, see them a third time and see them the next week. He's just going to have to get familiar with hitters on a daily basis. But the [guy] has got every tool possible. He's unbelievably athletic, so that helps out. He's only 19."
"You can see why people think highly of him," added Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "That's part of the whole process, getting used to it. That train's going to leave the station regardless of whether you try to hold it down or not, and I'm not. It's part of the things he needs to be exposed to."
Bundy has two more outings tentatively scheduled before he returns to Minor League camp.
"Then," Showalter deadpanned before giving way to a laugh, "he'll pitch against Minnesota in the home opener in Baltimore."
Bobby Bundy, Dylan's 22-year-old brother, also pitched a scoreless inning in Saturday's intrasquad game.
"He was good. You had to kind of blink to make sure they weren't the same guy," Showalter said. "I don't care how long you do this -- you do kind of take in the moment. You think of the father sitting there, both brothers are pitching professional baseball in a Major League camp -- that's pretty neat -- and legitimately worthy of it."