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Monday, February 18, 2013

BP Top Prospects: Orioles

Jason Parks        
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Prospect rankings primer

The Top Ten

  1. RHP Dylan Bundy
  2. RHP Kevin Gausman
  3. IF Jonathan Schoop
  4. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez
  5. RHP Mike Wright
  6. IF Nick Delmonico
  7. OF L.J. Hoes
  8. RHP Branden Kline
  9. SS Adrian Marin
  10. LHP Josh Hader

1. Dylan Bundy

Position: RHP
DOB: 11/15/1992
Height/Weight: 6’1’’ 195 lbs.
Bats/Throws: B/R
Drafted/Acquired: 1
st round, 2011 draft, Owasso High School (Owasso, OK)
2012 Stats: 0.00 ERA (30 IP, 5 H, 40 K, 2 BB) at Low-A Delmarva; 2.84 ERA (57 IP, 48 H, 66 K, 18 BB) at High-A Frederick; 3.24 ERA (16.2 IP, 14 H, 13 K, 8 BB) at Double-A Bowie; 0.00 ERA (1.2 IP, 1 H, O K, 1 BB) at major-league level
The Tools:
 7+ FB; 6+ potential CB; 6 potential CH; 8 potential CT/SL

What Happened in 2012: After signing, Bundy did things to Low-A hitters that would make the hardest of prisoners weep like school children.

Strengths: Elite combination of stuff and pitchability; plus-plus arm strength; excellent arm action; excellent delivery; from high ¾ slot, creates good plane; fastball is near elite pitch; works 94-98; explosive life; very easy; curveball has intense late bite/tight rotation; 12/6 shape; plus pitch; changeup comes from fastball arm; good deception; future plus pitch; best secondary pitch not used in minors; 8 potential cutter; devastating pitch; velo/late glove-side cut; feel for pitching; dangerous power arm.

Weaknesses: Good control, but command within the zone is still loose; needs to finish delivery and work down; curveball thrown for strikes, but often high in the zone; changeup is more deception than action; can get too firm.

Overall Future Potential: High 7; no. 1 starter

Explanation of Risk: Low risk; reached majors in first season; has arsenal and feel for the mound to be special.

Fantasy Future: Has the potential to develop into one of the best arms in baseball, with all the numbers that come with that distinction.

The Year Ahead: There were a few sources that felt Bundy could have started his professional career at the major-league level and held his own, which is an insane outcome for a high school arm. Despite having little to prove in the minors, Bundy might have to crush a few more minor-league hopes and dreams before he gets the call back to the majors. Once he arrives in the rotation, he will be there to stay, with a potent combination of stuff, pitchability, and confidence, the latter being just as vital to his future success. Bundy is a stud, he knows he’s a stud, and pretty soon, major-league hitters will know as well. He will need to stay over the ball and work down, and the secondary stuff could use more refinement, but it’s not going to take long for Bundy to become must-see-MLB.tv.

Major league ETA: 2012

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