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Orioles Call Up Top Pitching Prospect Dylan Bundy

Orioles newsTo bolster a bullpen weary after Tuesday night’s 18-inning marathon win over Seattle, the Baltimore Orioles have called up 19-year-old right-hander Dylan Bundy, who is currently the second-best prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com.

Bundy, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, was 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA as a starting pitcher at three levels in the Orioles farm system, ending with Double-A Bowie. He has pitched in the fall instructional league since the minor league season ended.

When he appears in a game, Bundy will become the first Baltimore pitcher to make his Major League debut before the age of 20 since Mike Adamson in 1967. Adamson, who was also 19 at the time, was the first overall pick in the 1967 draft but was just 0-4 with a 7.46 ERA over 11 games in parts of three Major League seasons.

The Orioles expect much more for the long term out of Bundy, who will be eligible for the post-season roster if needed as a replacement for a player on the disabled list because he is on the 40-man roster.

As Baseball News Source reported earlier this summer, Bundy features a fast ball, a slider, a curve ball and a change-up in his arsenal, and he features excellent command. He is the second top prospect that the Orioles called up from Double-A Bowie this season. The first was Manny Machado, who has given the lineup a lift at third base.

The Orioles entered Wednesday’s action at 84-64 and tied with the New York Yankees atop the American League East standings.

A former sports writer for a daily newspaper in Ohio, Jeff Louderback is a professional freelance writer, author and editor who lives in Clearwater, Fla. He writes baseball features for several publications, including prospect profiles for Baseball America. He served as the founder, editor and columnist for Sox and Pinstripes, a blog that covered the Red Sox and Yankees; and BoSox Banter , a site that covered the Red Sox, the Red Sox farm system and baseball-themed travel. Jeff is also the co-author of the life story of former Major League pitcher Brian Tollberg, whose inspirational story saw him rise from the University of North Florida and the independent Frontier League's Chillicothe Paints to a climb up the minors in the Brewers and Padres systems before tasting success in the majors with the Padres. The book will be released in 2015.