It was one year ago that Baltimore Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy had Tommy John surgery, a procedure that has crippled the career of many major league pitchers. Just 365 days later, Bundy took the mound for the Aberdeen Ironbirds in his third rehab start with the short-season Single-A affiliate of the Orioles.
He finished his third start with five scoreless innings on 70 pitches before he was pulled. He struck out six batters and allowing three hits and two walks along the way. Here’s the inning-by-inning breakdown of Bundy’s start.
Bundy’s first inning was strong, although his first pitch was a single by Renegades lead-off man Jace Conrad. He recovered to strike out the next two batters, including a strike-him-out, throw-him-out play to end the first frame.
First pitch for Bundy: a single. pic.twitter.com/k6ABVHGhgL
— Baltimore Birds (@Bmorebirdsblog) June 27, 2014
// Second inning: The second inning was much the same, save for a two-out walk; a runner he eventually stranded. Bundy had four strikeouts through the first two innings. His fastball is reaching 92-93 but has been consistent on 91mph.
Third inning: However, Bundy struggled with his command in the third inning, allowing a walk with one out. The runner advanced to third on two steals, but Bundy forced a groundout the end the inning. His fastball reached 94 mph in the inning, the highest in the game.
Fourth inning: Bundy allowed his second hit of the night in the fourth inning, but forced two fly balls to get to two outs. On a 3-2 count with two outs, Bundy got his sixth strikeout to end the inning.
And another strikeout to end the fourth inning. It strands a runner at second. — Baltimore Birds (@Bmorebirdsblog) June 28, 2014
Fifth inning: Bundy came into the fifth inning at 64 pitches, meaning the 75-pitch limit would take effect at some point. He struck out the first batter, but allowed a one-out double to the next. However, he forced a flyout to center field and a groundout to end the inning.
He goes 5 scoreless innings in 70 pitches with 6 strikeouts. We’ll see if they bump his limit up for the sixth. — Baltimore Birds (@Bmorebirdsblog) June 28, 2014
Sixth inning: Bundy did not return for the sixth inning. He made it to 70 pitches and left the game after the fifth inning. He finished at 70 pitches, which was below his limit, but not enough to continue.
And that’s it for @Dylan_Bundy for tonight! 70 pitches, 48 strikes. His fastball reached 94 mph and had command of his curveball.
— Baltimore Birds (@Bmorebirdsblog) June 28, 2014
Bundy over 3 Aberdeen starts: 15 IP, 10 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 22 strikeouts. ERA of 0.60. — Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) June 28, 2014
Dylan Bundy reached max 94, mostly 90-91. Curveball hooked a ton, but needs to work on location. Stong 3 showings @ short-season Aberdeen.
— Michael Ford (@Michael023433) June 28, 2014