The last three words a fantasy baseball dynasty league owner wants to hear is Tommy John surgery. However, that is exactly the difficult news that the Baltimore Orioles SP Dylan Bundy was forced to endure this past week, and fantasy owners alike were just as devastated.
They found that the partial tear in Bundy’s right elbow had worsened, contrariety to original beliefs. It was basically inevitable that the kid needed surgery, so the team had him on the operating table by the end of the week. Bundy has been a top-tier fantasy prospect over the last several seasons, but following his elbow replacement surgery his keeper status will be significantly diminished.
He was selected fourth in the 2011 draft and the youngster actually pitched 1.2 innings in the majors last year. He may not have made a significant difference, but the then teenager was still throwing heat in a major league game.
According to FanGraphs, Bundy’s fastball was averaging 93.7 MPH this season. He was getting great movement and it was very active. Most TJS pitchers actually return better than before their injury, so the news isn’t too devastating for fantasy owners. The young fireballer could comeback throwing even harder, and nowadays, it seems like your career doesn’t start until you have Tommy John.
Bundy may not be the top-five pitching prospect that he once was, but the 20-year-old is still worth hanging onto in all dynasty leagues.