Thursday, June 7, 2012
By: Dave Collins

Left-handed pitcher Rich Rundles has been purchased by the Baltimore Orioles, it was announced today by Lancaster Barnstormers manager Butch Hobson.

He will join Baltimore’s Class AAA team in Norfolk, VA for their upcoming trip to Rochester and Buffalo.

Rundles, 31, was 2-1 with a 3.02 ERA in eight starts for the Barnstormers in 2012. In his 47 2/3 innings, the Tennessee native had allowed only 40 hits and 11 walks. He struck out 40.

During one stretch from May 3-19, the southpaw threw four consecutive quality starts. His signature performance came against the Camden Riversharks on May 8 when he struck out a season high nine while allowing only two hits and one walk in seven innings. Rundles retired the last 16 batters he faced that afternoon.

Prior to coming to Lancaster, Rundles had appeared in nine big league games for the Cleveland Indians, posting a 1.50 ERA. He spent the last two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals Class AAA affiliate in Memphis.

“We figured that Rich would go soon,” said Hobson. “He asked to start here, thinking it was his best way back to a Major League organization. We’ll certainly miss him in the rotation.”

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