Like most people, I don’t know too much about prospects. I don’t get to see them play before they reach the big leagues and, even then, my exposure to most young players is somewhat limited. Like most people, I don’t have the scouting chops to decide who will become a star and who lacks the batspeed to make an impact at the big league level. I am not an expert, nor do I pretend to be one.
What makes a player number two on some lists but number six on another? Something catches the list complier’s eye or something a baseball evaluator says really resonates. Who knows? Internet lists are internet lists, they are built to entice clicks and generate conversation. Scouting Book provides a real time compilation of the rankings, creating their own composite top prospects list.
Jurickson Profar remains the consensus best prospect in the game and for good reason. Just 20-years old, Profar plays a premium defensive position (the premium defensive position?) of shortstop. He has a big body and packs some punch in his switch-hitting bat. There is a lot to love.
After that, who knows? Is Oscar Taveras more likely to reach his stratosphere-high ceiling than Dylan Bundy? Is Wil Myers the second coming of Mike Trout? All of the above are possible while none of the possible outcomes are particularly likely.
I don’t know anything but, for my money, there one player who I think will have the best career of any player in the current prospect class is Dylan Bundy of the Baltimore Orioles.
Again, I don’t know anything about anything. I know that Dylan Bundy is really, really good – the kind of pitcher who talent scouts believe could have walked directly off the high school baseball field straight into a Major League clubhouse.
When I hear players described as having an “[e]lite combination of stuff and pitchability” or “one of the minors’ best deliveries” while others hail him as a “once-in-a-generation talent”, well, I get on-board.
A kid with all the weapons and the makeup and the want to become one of the best in the game. A pitcher who dominated professional baseball players more than three years his senior without his best pitch, a darting cutter the Orioles are reluctant to unleash. The Orioles plan to let Bundy go all out in 2013, starting the year in Double-A with an eye to the big club down the stretch. They plan to limit his innings but won’t shut him down at any point.
Pitchers are nothing if not volatile, with injury and velocity decline lurking around every corner. Position players are the sure thing, which pushes players like Profar and Tavares ahead on most lists. But I’ll take my chances with Bundy. If I’m starting a team today, he’s the guy I want. If we’re looking back ten or fifteen years from now, he’s the guy I think with the best career numbers.
Reckless as that might be, there simply aren’t many True Aces in baseball. And to these untrained eyes, Bundy can be just that. Consider me all-in on Bundy. Despite my…distaste for the Orioles, there is nothing I want to see more than Bundy come close to his ceiling of a dominant right-handed workhorse. I’m selfish that way.
Important Quibble: Dylan Bundy’s birthday is in November. As you were.