The Baltimore Orioles have been a surprising team this year in the AL. I think everyone (including myself) has picked them to finish last. With all that being said, it’s important to remember that the Orioles have a stud rising through the system. Yup, you guessed him: Dylan Bundy.
Dylan Bundy was the first round pick for the Orioles a few years ago out of high school, and he’s been ridiculous since turning pro. This year alone in low A ball, Bundy made 8 starts, struck out 40, walked only 2, and most ridiculously- didn’t give up an earned run. Let’s let that sink in. He didn’t give up an earned run in EIGHT straight starts.
He was promoted to high A ball and gave up 2 earned runs in his start, striking out 6 in 5 innings.
Bundy possesses a ridiculous breaking ball to go with a mid to upper 90′s fastball. He’s extremely mature for his age when it comes to pitching feel, and that’s not something easily taught to a 19 year old.
Will the Orioles call this kid up in 2012? I would typically say no, but Bundy is like no other. He’s got the arm strength of a monster, and again- has a feel for pitching not seen very often. For a spot start or 2 in September? Why not? Heck- you can bring him up and pitch him out of the pen two or three times a week.
This kid is special, and I’ve never been a fan of holding anyone back that’s ready for the big leagues- no matter their age.
The Baltimore Orioles have a lot to be grateful for so far, and Dylan Bundy is the kid they should be most grateful for.