Orioles Prospect Profile #1: Dylan Bundy

The Orioles top organizational prospect is their #1 pick from the 2011 MLB Draft

Dylan Bundy

Position: RHP

Height: 6'1”

Weight: 200 lbs

Born: 11/15/1992

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Background:

The Orioles fourth overall selection in the 2011 MLB Draft, Bundy is the younger brother of Orioles prospect Bobby Bundy. He is already considered the number one pitcher in the organization and has impressed many at spring training this season.

Bundy topped 100 mph in high school and went 11-0 with a stout ERA of 0.20 last season. He also fanned 158 hitters in 71 innings. The 19-year-old did not pitch professionally for the organization in 2011 as he signed just before the deadline.

Scouting Report:

Bundy is considered a power pitcher and has all the tools necessary to become an ace at the highest level. In addition to his heater, he throws a cutter, which is his newest pitch in his arsenal, a changeup and his devastating curveball.

The four-seam fastball sits in the mid to late 90's. He commands the pitch well in the zone and knows the best time to use it. It's considered his favorite pitch and with no surprise because of his speed. He dominated high school athletes with this pitch and likely will do the same professionally as long as he can maintain control.

The cutter is similar to a slider that he used previously, except this will lessen the impact the pitch has on his elbow. The pitch ranges in the high 80's to low 90's. It's enough for a hitter to get out in front because his four-seam fastball.

Bundy's changeup sits in the upper 70's into the low 80's. It's considered his fourth best pitch and he still throws it well. If he can lower the speed of the pitch into the lower to mid-70's with the same action of a fastball, hitters will struggle to make contact.

The curveball is the most important pitch in the Bundy household as his brother also touts it on the mound. The pitch is considered above average and will continue to get better with consistent reps.

Bundy is also very athletic and will be fine fielding his position on the mound. He has a boxing background that should help with his core. He could become a gold glove pitcher on the mound; similar to Greg Maddox.

Health Record

Bundy has not suffered any significant injuries since the draft and is ready to go for the 2012 season.

Future

The light is at the end of the tunnel as the Orioles have finally found their ace of the future barring injuries. Bundy is a franchise type pitcher. The best comparison would be to Tigers' ace and reigning CY Young and A.L. MVP Justin Verlander. He is going to get better and has at times un-hittable type stuff.

Bundy will begin the season at low-A Delmarva and work his way up from there. He is likely to see high-A Frederick in 2012 as well, but no guarantees beyond Harry Grove Stadium. There is no need to rush the top prospect as he just graduated high school a few months ago. The Orioles would love to see him on the mound in 2012, but it's not in their long-term best interest. Consider him for some time in 2013 or early 2014 in Baltimore.


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