There is a name fans of any American League team are going to have to learn and teams in the AL East will unfortunately have to deal with. The Baltimore Orioles struck gold when right handed high school pitcher Dylan Bundy fell into their laps with the number four pick in the 2011 MLB draft.
Scouts referred to him as a college pitcher versus high school competition and he was easily the top prep school arm and possibly best overall arm available. Possessing a fastball that hit 99 MPH on the radar gun last night as well as a devastating curveball and promising changeup the Orioles have to be excited about this kid’s future.
Bundy started again last night for the Lo-A Delmarva Shorebirds and did something he has not done thus far, allowed a base runner. Bundy went 3 innings, allowed 0 hits, walked 1 and struck out 3 batters.
In three total starts Bundy has pitched 9 hitless innings, retired 27 of 28 batters faced and struck out 15 of those 28 batters.
**UPDATED May 10, 2012** - Dylan Bundy has now pitched 20 innings, giving up only 2 hits, 0 earned, 2 BB and 33 Ks!
From the MILB.com:
The 19-year-old right-hander has thrown nine hitless innings to begin his career, striking out 15 of the 28 batters he’s faced. He’s topped out at 99 mph in each of his last two starts.
“Dylan wasn’t as sharp as he was his first two outings. I think he might’ve had a little more adrenaline going being his first start at home,” Shorebirds manager Ryan Minor told delmarvanow.com. “His stuff is good enough to get hitters out at this level by chasing high fastballs, but when he works down in the zone at times he’s tough to get the barrel of the bat on the ball.”
Bundy retired his first eight batters, inducing a pair of grounders in the opening inning and ending the second with a pair of strikeouts. He got Cole Leonida and Bryce Ortega to ground out to the start the third before Billy Burns became the first batter to reach base against Bundy by drawing a two-out walk. Jason Martinson bounced to shortstop to end the inning.
The Orioles, who drafted Bundy out of Owasso (Okla.) High School, have kept their prodigy on a short leash. He’s thrown three innings in each start and said last week the organization plans to gradually build him up to four and five innings per start rather than focus on pitch counts. O’s fans already are speculating when he could reach the Majors.