Just when it seemed things could only get worse for Dylan Bundy, they appear to be getting even better.
Bundy, MLB.com's No. 9 prospect, allowed one hit over five scoreless innings to earn his first pro win Sunday as the Class A Delmarva Shorebirds beat the Hagerstown Suns, 3-1.
Bundy (1-0) retired the first 12 batters and ended up facing only two over the minimum. Suns cleanup man Matthew Skole doubled leading off the fifth and advanced to third on Steven Souza's sacrifice -- the same Souza whose seven homers rank third in the South Atlantic League -- but was stranded. Bundy plunked the next batter, J.P. Ramirez, before recording his final two outs in order. He struck out four overall.
"When I was commanding my fastball today, they weren't really on it," Bundy told MLB.com, referencing how few changeups he incorporated.
The fourth overall pick in last year's Draft has started his career with eight strong outings spanning 30 innings. He has allowed two unearned runs -- one each on May 7 and May 14 -- while his ERA remains unchanged at 0.00.
The 19-year-old's eye-popping strikeout-to-walk ratio? Try 40-2.
Sunday marked his second straight outing of five innings. The Orioles' No. 2 prospect allowed a run on two hits on Monday against Lakewood. Bundy is scheduled for another five-inning outing against first-place Greensboro on Saturday.
Is there anything left for the Oklahoma native to accomplish in the South Atlantic League? Maybe not.
"Dylan has clearly forced the issue for a point of discussion about, 'Let's talk about the next phase of this.' I think that is coming sooner than later," Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson told MASNsports.com on Sunday night.
The Shorebirds scored twice in the second and once in the third to support their starter. Brenden Webb, Gabriel Lino and Mychal Givens started the second with consecutive base hits against Suns starter Kylin Turnbull, with Givens driving home Webb with the game's first run.
Turnbull (1-3) was charged with three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over five frames.