Dylan Bundy was in spring training last season. Kevin Gausman will be there this season. Neither will start 2013 with the Orioles, but both will get long looks in Sarasota, Fla. next month.
Bundy signed a major league contract in Aug. 2011. He was put on the 40-man roster and automatically received a spring training invitation.
Because of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, there’s no requirement for Gausman to get an invitation, but he will.
If all goes according to plan, both Bundy and Gausman will end 2013 with the Orioles.
Last year Bundy zoomed through Delmarva and Frederick before hitting the expected speed bump in Bowie. Though manager Buck Showalter was intrigued with bringing him up with the Orioles, the team decided to send him to the Instructional League after Bowie’s season ended.
They weren’t pleased with his control. “Four walks in Bowie are more walks here,” Showalter said in explaining the decision.
An 18-inning game in Seattle changed the Orioles’ thinking. Bundy was rushed out west, and a few days later made his major league debut in a pressure situation in Boston.
After a one-inning appearance in Baltimore, Bundy’s time on the mound ended, though he did stay with the team through its final games at Tampa Bay before heading back to Sarasota.
Gausman signed in July, pitched for Aberdeen, Frederick and Bowie.
The Orioles’ tentative plans are to start both Bundy and Gausman where they ended last year, with the Baysox. The Orioles can keep an eye on them, and it’s great news for local fans who might want to do some scouting.
If Bundy is as dominating in his first few starts at Bowie as expected, he’ll probably get a look at Triple-A before being recalled, perhaps in June.
The Orioles will take it much more slowly with Gausman. He was limited to three innings in his 2012 outings, and he’ll probably be on a plan comparable with Bundy’s.
Bundy’s innings were slowly increased, and Gausman’s will be, too. However the Orioles will make sure that there are enough innings in Gausman’s plan to complete the season in Baltimore.
The difference between the two is age. Bundy was a high school pitcher, and Gausman a college guy who worked against superior opposition and in tougher conditions.
Both Bundy and Gausman are highly thought of around baseball. The Orioles hope those two No.1 picks are the last two high ones for a while. Because of last year’s outstanding season, the Orioles won’t pick until 24th, and Dan Duquette is unwilling to surrender that pick to sign a free agent.
-Lance Berkman, who the Orioles briefly considered signing, agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with Texas. The money was far above what the Orioles were willing to pay Berkman.
-Tickets for the autograph sessions at Jan. 19’s FanFest sold out in less than an hour. Children 4-14 can get autographs without charge at FanFest.