DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Outwardly,
With two weeks remaining in spring training and Orioles pitchers beginning to get stretched out for the regular season,
And because of that squeeze, the Orioles optioned Bundy to Double-A Bowie on Saturday. He will report to the team’s Double-A camp at Twin Lakes Park and remain there as he prepares to begin the 2013 season with the Baysox.
“It’s time for him to get stretched out a little bit more and [the innings] aren’t here for him any more,” Orioles manager
Before leaving for the Orioles’ Grapefruit League game against the
“We talked about a lot of things today,” Showalter said. “He’s in a really good frame of mind. He likes where he is. He’s had a good spring. It’s kind of fun talking to him about looking back what his impressions were last year and how he feels this year. He gets it. He’s going to be a good.”
The 20-year-old Bundy, the team’s first-round pick out of high school in 2011, was a September call-up last season, but the Orioles believe he still needs to refine his skills at the Double-A level.
“I still believe that Double-A is the proving ground,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. “All players need to show they can master their skills at a core level.”
The organization’s No. 2 prospect, right-hander
“We’ve had two springs with Dylan,” Showalter said. “We’re pretty familiar with him and where he is, and obviously we haven’t had that much time with Gaus yet. We want to get a little more familiar with him. I think another outing and we’ll decide what’s best for him and the Orioles.”
The Orioles intend to pace both Bundy and Gausman — who reached Bowie in an abbreviated 18-inning first pro season — so that they could help the big league club late this season. When Bundy was called up to the Orioles last September, he allowed one hit in 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings.
Bundy expressed some frustration this spring. He battled with his control, and he struggled to reach his high 90s fastball velocity of last season. Showalter said Bundy is still working to refine integral parts of his game, like improving his time to the plate.
Bundy made four spring appearances, going 1-1 with a 1.13 ERA, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits over eight innings with five strikeouts and six walks.
After his outing Thursday — in which he showed improvement from his previous appearance but still wasn’t pleased with his command — Bundy spoke about dealing with frustration.
“It ain't easy, but you learn from it,” Bundy said. “That's how you get up and over things, you just have to fail some to succeed like that.”
For the most part, Gausman has outshined Bundy this spring. He’s allowed four earned runs in 10 spring innings, striking out 11 and walking six, brandishing an impressive fastball-changeup combo that has kept major league hitters off balance, as well as a rare polish that evidently comes from being groomed in college.
With several pitchers in the mix for the fifth rotation spot and starters beginning to stretch themselves into five-inning outings, there aren’t many empty innings. After Sunday’s split-squad games, just 12 Grapefruit League games remain.
Arrieta is competing with
Showalter expects more difficult discussions and some disappointment.
“I could throw a blanket and say what’s expected, but as long as they take the disappointment in the right direction, and the direction is in the Orioles winning a championship ...” Showalter said. “It’s as simple as that. I don’t begrudge them that emotion. I would have that. I’m not disappointed in them. I’m frustrated for them because there will be some people who will be capable of doing the job. That’s the whole point. We haven’t had that issue much.”
The Orioles also optioned right-hander
Redmond — claiemd off waivers from the
The moves leave the Orioles with 49 players in big league camp.
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Outwardly,