Prospect Watch: Dylan Bundy

Tyler's BylineThe Orioles drafted Dylan Bundy with the fourth pick in the 2011 MLB Draft in hopes that they had found their future ace.

In 2012, Bundy flew through the minors in his first year of action under the Orioles; posting a 9-3 record with a 2.08 ERA and 119 strikeouts.

His impressive stat line in the minors prompted Baltimore to bring him up to the majors at the end of the season, where he pitched in 1.2 innings.

The craziest thing about Bundy’s quick rise to the majors in his first year with the Orioles; he was only 19.

Bundy seemed poised to crack into the Orioles’ rotation the following season, but experienced arm discomfort in the offseason and eventually had Tommy John surgery in the middle of the 2013 season.

It’s now the 2014 season and Dylan Bundy is still the Orioles’ biggest prospect, even while recovering from surgery.

One thing that makes him such a unique prospect is ridiculous work ethic. He constantly works out and plays long toss to strengthen his arm.

He throws a fastball that has been known to touch 100 mph and also has a devastating curveball that can freeze hitters.

The talent is clearly there for the Bundy and it’s just a matter of when he can become fully healthy enough to make his way back into the majors.

Bundy has the ceiling of the future No. 1 starter for the Orioles and could be part of a talented duo with fellow top prospect Kevin Gausman.

It’s up in the air on whether the O’s will promote Bundy when he becomes healthy, but his chances seem high with the rotation struggling.

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