First, I have to apologize for Tuesday I was sick and had to take a sick day but I’m back and ready to talk/write about baseball. Today I’m going to write about an upcoming ace that doesn’t get talked about as much as he deserves. I honestly believe Dylan Bundy is just getting started and people don’t really know about the year he’s having so far. The new ace in Baltimore is pitching against the Tigers as I write this.
Before I get into what I think about Bundy let’s take it back to 2012, a 19 year old baby face with an electric arm makes his debut. I don’t think he pitched an entire inning, only 1 or 2 outs, during this stint in the majors but he was just a 19 year old kid. You have to carve up the minors for a pitcher to get to the majors so soon, it doesn’t happen all that often. Fast forward a couple months, he’s named the number 2 prospect in all of baseball to begin the 2013 season. Starting the season in the minors (like most prospects do) and hurts his elbow and ends up having Tommy John surgery. Fast forward again to just last year, after battling his way back from TJ surgery and multiple other injuries Dylan Bundy is finally back in the majors at 23 years old. Being out of minor league options the Orioles can’t send him to the minors without putting him on waivers first, and they don’t want to do that because somebody else will definitely claim a former top prospect. So for the first half of the season he was mainly a bullpen guy, and then after the all star break Baltimore started stretching him out and transitioning him back into the starter role. Now this year he’s fully back to being a starter, getting out of the gates hot at 5-1 with a 2.26 era in 51.2 innings. The one thing I don’t like is that his fastball is sitting in the 91-93 mph range instead of the electric 94-97 range. It could very well be because it’s still early in the year, once the weather warms up he could start throwing harder I’ve seen pitchers do that. The point of this post was to spread some light on his great season so far because nobody else is talking about him.
Update: he gave up 6 runs in a loss to the Tigers so yup I’m a jinx.