Orioles’ 19 year old first base prospect, Nick Delmonico, took home MVP honors of the 2012 South Atlantic League All-Star game last night in Charleston South Carolina. Delmonico went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 runs scored, leading the North All-Stars to a 3-2 victory. The Orioles have to fell pretty good about the way their 2011 6th round pick has performed in his first year as a pro. As a teenager Delmonico is already the Shorebird’s best hitter, leading the team in doubles with 19, home runs with 6, runs batted in with 43, and has shown good speed, going 6 for 6 in stolen base attempts. He’s been a shaky defensively with 16 errors, but that’s to be expected for a young guy trying to learn not just one but two new positions (1B and 2B, played 3B as an amateur). With Delmonico already excelling after just two months as a pro the future looks very bright for him, and it won’t be long until he makes the jump to Frederick if he can keep it up.
Dylan Bundy picked up another win for the Frederick Keys on Saturday night with a win over the Lynchburg something or others. Nobody really cares about that though because all that matters is how our young phenom did. According to stats and the reports Bundy pitched decently but some hitters got to him. He pitched 5 innings and gave up 4 hits, 2 ER, and a career high 3 walks. Obviously none of these stats are anything too worrisome its just good to see him getting challenged if you ask me, nobody expected him to be perfect throughout the minors. His ERA is up to 3.00 as a Key but that is perfectly fine for a 19-year-old kid.
Now that the second month of the baseball season is in the books it’s a good time to check back in on the prospects and their progress so far. Listed below I have the top 10 Oriole prospects according to MLB.com and the numbers they have put up so far this season. Based on those numbers and my observations I’ll award each player a letter grade for his play in May. The numbers in parenthesis indicate each statistics change since my April Report Card…
1. Manny Machado, SS, Bowie Baysox (AA)
With a quarter of the 2012 season already in the books it’s time to give some recognition to the baby birds that have excelled under the radar so far this year. Since I’ve already checked in on how the top Oriole prospects have done (and will be checking in on them again soon with my May report card) I’d like to heap praise on some of the lesser known young Oriole talent. Here’s my top 6 diamonds in the rough so far this year (in no particular order)…
1. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Delmarva Shorebirds
19 year old phenom Dylan Bundy made his Keys debut tonight in front of a packed house at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick. Bundy looked human for the first time in his young pro career, allowing 6 hits (allowed just 5 hits in 30 innings at Delmarva) and 2 earned runs in 5 innings of work with the damage being done on a 2-run homer by Salem first baseman Travis Shaw. Dylan did still demonstarte his amazing command though, striking out 6 without walking a single batter. Overall this was still another solid start for Bundy against the highest level of competition he’s faced so far, but I’ll admit it’s going to take a while to get used to seeing numbers other than 0 in his era.
19-year old phenom Dylan Bundy has officially pitched his last game with the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds as it was announced Wednesday that he will be promoted to the High-A Frederick Keys. Bundy will end his time in the South Atlantic league without surrendering a single earned run in 8 starts (30 IP). The level of dominance he was able to display against professional hitters straight out of high school has been nothing short of astonishing and has gained him national notoriety just 11 months after being drafted 4th overall in the 2011 amateur player draft. His South Atlantic league foes batted .053 against him, recording just 5 hits (all singles) in 94 at bats, while striking out 40 times and drawing just 2 walks. He was so impressive that there was some speculation he may be promoted directly to the Double-A Bowie Baysox (joining his brother Bobby), but Orioles brass opted to bump him up just one level for now. Bundy will make his Frederick debut on Saturday night at Harry Grove Stadium against the Salem Red Sox.