Under normal circumstances, we wouldn't expect any player's promotion from Low-A to High-A to generate fantasy buzz. But Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy is clearly not an ordinary prospect.
Bundy was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the first high school player selected — no shock there, since he won pretty much every prep player of the year award. The 19-year-old right-hander opened his pro career by throwing 13 consecutive hitless innings for Class-A Delmarva, retiring 21 batters via strikeout during that insane stretch. Over his next four appearances, Bundy allowed just five hits and one walk, striking out 19 batters over 17 innings. He has not yet allowed an earned run as a professional. The batters of the South Atlantic League have hit just .053 against him, even though he's only 12 months removed from prom.
On Saturday, Bundy will make his High-A debut for the Frederick Keys, and he's scheduled to go five innings. We'll see if Carolina League hitters have better luck with his overpowering fastball — seems doubtful, but you never know.
The plan in Baltimore is reportedly to cap Bundy's innings around 125-130 this season, so he only has 100 or so remaining. He'll pitch on five-days rest at Frederick, in a six-man rotation. Bundy will almost certainly reach Double-A Bowie before long, where he'd join his brother Bobby in the Baysox rotation, but you can't reasonably expect to see him at Camden Yards this season. He needs to log some innings at a level where he can't simply blow everyone away with heat. As of last August, Bundy's stated goal was to reach the bigs by 2013, and he's clearly on schedule.
• Left-hander Daniel Rosenbaum is currently 6-0 at Double-A Harrisburg, with an ERA of 0.99 and WHIP of 0.82. He's a sinker/ground-ball type who probably won't ever give us a big K total, but his minor league ratios have been terrific at every stop, and he keeps the ball in the park. As if the Nats needed any more young pitching.
• Rays right hander Chris Archer hasn't exactly had a dominant season for Triple-A Durham — walks have been the main problem (34 in 52.2 IP) — but he's struck out 30 hitters over his last three starts, including a dozen Ks in six innings on Thursday. You can check the tape right here. So glad Jim Hendry decided the Cubs didn't need Archer.
• St. Louis second base prospect Kolten Wong is hitting .325/..392/.471 at Double-A Springfield, with four homers and seven steals over 41 games. The former Cape Cod League MVP has walked nearly as often as he's struck out (16 BB, 19 Ks), repeating a trait he demonstrated in the Midwest League last year. The 21-year-old Wong profiles as a guy who can hit for average, with a respectable power/speed combo for his position. He could be in the mix for a major league job next season.
• If you're interested in watching some video of Seattle left hander Danny Hultzen, last week's Farm Report headliner, the hit this link. John Sickels gives you highlights, plus a detailed spin. And while you're there, you should probably just bookmark Minor League Ball.
• The obligatory Billy Hamilton update: He's now at 44 steals for Single-A Bakersfield, after swiping two bags in each of his last two games. The switch hitter is batting .316/.393/.469, doing damage against both lefties and righties. This is next year's leadoff hitter in Cincinnati (we hope), a must-own in dynasty formats.
• And the obligatory Anthony Rizzo update: He did not homer on Thursday, which is unusual for him. Rizzo merely doubled and scored a run. So that's basically as bad a day as he's had all year. He's now hitting .353/.417/.705 at Triple-A Iowa, with 16 homers and 43 RBIs. Rizzo's OPS against left handers is .932, another great sign. Expect a call-up in time for the next round of interleague, in early June.