Oh, to be young and an Oriole

Oh, to be young and an Oriole
January 22, 2013, 7:00 am
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It wasn’t so long ago that Orioles fans were bemoaning the lack of young talent in the organization. But, now, it’s great to be young and an Oriole.

In mlb.com’s list of top 100 prospects for 2013, the No. 1 right-handed pitcher is Dylan Bundy. Here’s part of what Jonathan Mayo writes about the 20-year-old, expected to be in the rotation as early as this June:

“It’s not often that a pitcher makes it to the big leagues in his first full season as a professional. It’s even less common when one taken out of high school does it, but that’s exactly what Bundy accomplished in 2012. The Oklahoma prep product started the year in the South Atlantic League and finished it in Baltimore. Along the way, he showed an ability to throw several pitches for strikes. … He looks every bit the top of the rotation starter the Orioles hoped they were getting when they gave him a major-league contract.”

And in a recent issue of ESPN The Magazine, in which the publication does its “Next” thing in singling out young athletes who will soon be breaking out as superstars, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado gets the spotlight. There is a piece by Molly Knight that recounts the game of Sept. 12, when he pulled the Great Fake-Out against the Rays, catching runner Rich Thompson off third by looking like he throwing to first on a dribbler up the line. And in a poll printed in the magazine, in which fans voted on who’s “Next” in the majors, the highest percentage of votes went to Machado, who’s also 20.

It would appear the future really is now for the Orioles.