At a time when the Orioles are adding some promising pitchers during the First-Year Player Draft, today they put a hurler taken early in last year’s draft on the disabled list.
Pitcher Mike Wright, the Orioles’ 2011 third-round pick who was just recently promoted to Double-A Bowie, today was placed on the DL, retroactive to Monday, due to a hamstring injury.
The severity of the injury is not yet known, but Wright is expected to see Dr. John Wilckens, the Orioles’ orthopedist. His last start was on Saturday.
Wright, drafted out of East Carolina, began this year with Single-A Frederick and went 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA in eight starts. Over 46 1/3 innings, he walked just five and fanned 35 Carolina League hitters.
In two starts since he moved to Bowie, Wright is 0-2 with an ERA of 7.15 and has given up 17 hits over 11 1/3 innings with two walks and nine strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Bowie has activated right-hander Bobby Bundy off the disabled list to start tonight. He had been on the DL since May 29. Bundy is 2-7 with a 5.06 ERA in 10 Baysox starts.
Baysox right-hander Oliver Drake, a member of the Orioles’ 40-man roster, was placed on the DL yesterday, retroactive to Sunday. Drake got a late start to his season due to shoulder soreness that began during spring training and he is dealing with soreness in his right shoulder again. He also went to see Dr. Wilckens.
Drake, who had his first Bowie start on May 17, is 1-1 with an ERA of 1.50 in three starts with the Baysox. He has allowed just eight hits over 18 innings and right-handed batters went just 2-for-26 against him. But Drake felt some soreness during a bullpen session after his most recent start.
With Drake and Wright both now on the DL, the Baysox will go from a six-man to a five-man rotation for at least their latest turn through the rotation.
Also today, outfielder Johnny Ruettiger, the Orioles’ eighth-round pick last year out of Arizona State, has gone on the Frederick disabled list. Ruettiger is expected to miss about 10 days after suffering a slight fracture of the tip of a finger. Since he moved up from Delmarva, he was batting .292 in 22 Keys games with seven steals in nine attempts.
In response to the many questions I have been getting about Dylan Bundy’s next start, it is listed as this Friday at Lynchburg when he is expected to pitch in game one of a doubleheader at 6:05 p.m.
Bundy is 1-1 with an ERA of 2.70 in his first two Carolina League starts. In 10 innings, he has allowed nine hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts.
Final draft tally: The Orioles completed 40 rounds of the draft today and here is the final tally by my count:
* They took 29 college players and 11 from high schools.
* They selected exactly 20 pitchers and 20 position players.
* They picked seven left-handed pitchers and 13 right-handers.
For the O’s, 12 of their first 17 picks were pitchers, but they did take position players with four of their top-10 round picks.
Today they drafted Cal Ripken Jr.’s son Ryan in round 20 out of Gilman School in Baltimore. In round 32, they selected coach John Russell’s son William, a catcher from Midland College in Texas. In round 38, they drafted Jack Graham, the nephew of O’s minor league instructor Brian Graham.