03/16/2013 11:44 AM ET
O's option top prospect Bundy to Double-A
By Paul Casella / MLB.com
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Prior to Saturday's Grapefruit League game, the Orioles optioned top prospect Dylan Bundy to Double-A Bowie and right-hander Todd Redmond to Triple-A Norfolk. The moves leave the Orioles with 49 players in Major League camp.
Bundy, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, had a 1-1 record to go along with a 1.13 ERA over four appearances this spring. The right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) off six hits, while striking out five and walking six over eight innings.
With just two weeks left in Spring Training and the Orioles beginning to use their starters deeper into games, manager Buck Showalter said the move was simply a result of wanting to get Bundy more innings.
"It's time for him to get stretched out a little bit more, and [innings] aren't here for him," Showalter said. "He's going to start the year in Bowie and go ahead and get that mentality, mindset, adjustment made as soon as possible."
Though Bundy is returning to Bowie while 2012 first-round pick Kevin Gausman (also drafted No. 4 overall) remains in camp, Showalter said the move was not an indication of how the club ranks its top two prospects.
Gausman also pitched in Thursday's contest, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings in his first spring start. In five appearances, the right-hander has allowed four runs on 10 hits, while striking out 11 and walking six over 10 1/3 innings. He will most likely make at least one more appearance this spring.
"We've had two springs with Dylan; we're pretty familiar with him and where he is," Showalter said. "Obviously we haven't had quite that much time with [Gausman] yet. This is his first Spring Training, and we want to get a little more familiar with him."
Bundy enters the season ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the game.
In 2012, he went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 combined starts between Class A and Double-A before making his highly anticipated big league debut in September. The 20-year-old turned in two scoreless relief appearances, totaling 1 2/3 innings, in the final week of the regular season.
"He's in a really good frame of mind and likes where he is," Showalter said. "He had a good spring. … He's going to be a good one."
Redmond, meanwhile, returns to Triple-A, where he spent all of last season between the Reds and Braves organizations. Taken off waivers by the Orioles this past offseason, the 27-year-old righty went 2-0 with a 5.63 ERA in five appearances this spring.