Prized prospect Dylan Bundy likely will not be recalled by the Baltimore Orioles when rosters expand Saturday.
The 2011 first-round draft pick, a right-handed starting pitcher, breezed through Class A competition this spring and has fared well at Class AA Bowie this summer. On Wednesday, manager Buck Showalter essentially eliminated talk of the 19-year-old phenom making his debut this season, discussing the matter before Baltimore's 8-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
The Orioles aren't short on starters -- they're simply seeking more quality in their rotation.
Bringing Bundy up now -- at the tail end of his first professional season -- may not be the most practical move, particularly considering the club's playoff hopes.
As Bundy moved up the organizational ladder this year -- from low Class A Delmarva to high Class A Frederick to Class AA -- the level of competition increased and the amount of challenges the hitters presented only grew. Overall, he is 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 starts. He has struck out 119 and walked 28 in 103 2/3 innings.
Bundy will report to the Orioles' fall instructional league when his season with Bowie comes to a close.
Bundy, a former Oklahoma high school star, and 2012 first-rounder Kevin Gausman, a right-hander with Frederick, offer the Orioles a promising duo to build around in future seasons. It looks as if a debut will have to wait until 2013, though.