Despite the Baltimore Orioles' insistence that they would not promote 19-year-old phenom Dylan Bundy this season, the organization was forced to reconsider following their 18-inning victory over the Mariners late last night (or should I say early this morning?).
The right-hander will provide the potentially playoff-bound Orioles with a much-needed, fresh and extremely powerful bullpen arm after seven relievers were used in last night’s marathon win.
According to general manager Dan Duquette (via Steve Melewski, masnsports.com):
Our immediate need is we made need some innings for tonight's game. Long-term, we think he's going to be a starter in the big leagues. But sometimes it's best to have pitchers get their feet wet out of the bullpen, right? That is where he'll go for tonight's game and after that, Buck (Showalter) will decide how he wants to utilize his skill. He's worked hard to put himself in this position, there is a need and he's on the roster.
Anytime a 19-year-old reaches the major leagues, especially a pitcher, critics come out of the woodwork to question whether the player is ready to perform at the highest level—which is understandable.
However, it’s important to remember that Dylan Bundy is not your average 19-year-old pitcher. If anyone is capable of thriving on baseball’s biggest stage at such a young age, it’s Bundy.