FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Orioles top prospect Dylan Bundy made his professional spring debut Tuesday afternoon against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park.
Bundy threw a scoreless fifth inning, overcoming an early four-pitch walk to retire the top of Boston’s order.
"Obviously, every pitcher wants to face the best,” Bundy said. “That's how any pitcher gets better, facing the best. I felt that those three hitters in that lineup were pretty dang good. I came in the game, thought I was going to throw in the eighth or ninth. To pitch in the fifth was pretty special."
After retiring leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury on a groundout to third, Bundy issued a four-pitch walk to Dustin Pedroia. Then, after a first-pitch ball to Adrian Gonzalez, catcher Taylor Teagarden visited the mound to calm the 19-year-old.
Bundy – who threw mostly fastballs among his 15 pitches – was clocked from 95 to 97 mph. After Teagarden came to the mound, Bundy threw a pair of 97 mph fastballs to Gonzalez, the last one inducing a high flyout to center. Bundy then got catcher Luis Exposito to fly out to right on the first pitch of the at-bat.
“For 19 years old, he carries himself very well,” Teagarden said. “I’ve seen a lot of young guys come out in games like that and just walk the house, pretty much. But coming out playing against the Red Sox, with a big crowd, he got back in the zone and he seems composed for the most part.”
Bundy, the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft, had already been labeled one of the game’s top prospects before throwing a professional pitch.