At 9-8, the Shorebirds are in the thick of the South Atlantic League race. One of the reasons for their quick start has been the two-headed attack of OFs John Ruettiger and Glynn Davis, atop the order.
Ruettiger, the team's eighth-round selection last year, and the nephew of Notre Dame legend Rudy Ruettiger, paces the team with a .343 average, 15 runs, 23 hits, five doubles and seven steals. He's shown great plate discipline (9-to-10 BB:K) and has even proven himself as a RBI-man with 10 of those.
At 21-years old, Ruettiger may be a bit old for the level of competition, so it wouldn't be a total surprise to see him get bumped up to Frederick at some point this season.
His outfield compatriot, Davis, has also been sizzling. At the plate he's produced a .317 average. He ranks behind only Ruettiger with 19 base hits and six steals, and just had an eight-game hitting streak snapped two nights ago.
Davis has the best speed in the system, but there are questions about his ability to get on base to use it. So far, so good.
Joining Ruettiger and Davis among the ranks of the "hot" is C Gabriel Lino, an 18-year-old Venezuelan who is hitting .340. Lino is the only Shorebird who has more than one homer (two) and he leads the team in total bases (28).
Lost among the Bundy-mania has been the performance of LHP Trent Howard, the pitcher who regularly relieves Bundy after his three inning outings. Howard was a seasoned college veteran who the O's expected to thrive and he's done just that, outmatching his opponents with impressive control.
He has a 1.59 ERA in three outings, spanning 11.1 innings
On the opposite side of "hot" are two high picks from the 2011 draft.
We'll start with 3B Nick Delmonico, who has struggled mightily, hitting a mere .200 in 55 at-bats. He has shown flashes of breaking out of his slump, going 6-for-17 (.353) in his past four games, but he still has to overcome a five-game stretch where he went without a single base knock.
Luckily, the sixth-round pick is showing decent plate discipline, something that can't be said of second-rounder 3B Jason Esposito. "Espo" is hitting .234 after mustering only one hit in his last 16 at-bats. He hasn't had an extra base hit in almost two weeks and his 19 strikeouts rank second on the team.
On the plus side, Esposito has shown the same sneaky speed he used in college to swipe four bases.