Everybody loves prospects. Cast your wishes upon the unproven teen ballplayer, they could develop into a superstar! That’s the way it works, right? Sadly, no.
Dylan Bundy blew through four levels of the minor leagues in his first professional season, miraculously reaching the big leagues at 19. Though he made just a few relief appearances, the sky was considered the limit for the young power pitcher from Oklahoma.
This season, Bundy featured prominently in the Orioles plans. He was to start the season at Double-A Bowie, until a few rough spring outings and some elbow discomfort put him on the sidelines. After rest, rehab, and a setback during his throwing program, Bundy had a date with Dr. James Andrews…
Dylan Bundy gets a lot of play here at Getting Blanked. Mostly because of his sky-high ceiling and rocket-to-the-moon path to the big leagues in 2012. There is a good chance Dylan Bundy becomes one of the best pitchers in baseball within the next few years.
He is, however, a pitcher. Which means there’s an equally good chance he becomes nothing. Or, worse yet, a reliever. The road to pitching stardom is riddled with pot holes and landmines that just surviving as a pitcher until age 30 is nothing short of a miracle.
Dylan Bundy is not 30, he is just 20-years old. He is, however, yet to throw a pitch in the 2013 season thanks to soreness and tightness in his right forearm. The problem resulted in a two-week shutdown. Bundy threw off flat ground again on Monday and the soreness persisted. The Orioles are concerned. The Orioles are sending Bundy to an expert. Not just an expect, THE expert.
Cue the dramatic music: Dylan Bundy is going to see Dr. James Andrews.
Dylan Bundy is no stranger to long-time readers of Getting Blanked. He is no stranger to prospect watchers, who rank Bundy among the top five prospects in all of baseball.
After Bundy pitched two innings of relief against the Yankees today, allowing one walk and one hit. He is now no stranger to the intrepid YES viewers who managed to hang on into the third inning of a blowout Spring Training game.
More than anything, Dylan Bundy is no stranger to Juan Rivera. Rivera might be a broken-down shell of his former self (which wasn’t that great to begin with) but he knows a knee-buckler when he sees/is frozen by one. And, judging by this gif and his knees, Juan Rivera will not soon forget Dylan Bundy.
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.
For whatever reason, the MLB.com prospect rankings, put together by Jonathan Mayo, don’t receive the same attention as other “independent” rankings. Perhaps it is the Corporate Overlord aspect or the relative level of industry juice possessed by head rankmaster, but the MLB.com rankings slip by with little fanfare.
Well, they are unveiled with MAXIMUM FANFARE via a full TV production for MLB Network. Last night was the great reveal and who was at the top but…Jurickson Profar. Duh.
This whole Orioles thing just refuses to go away. We can try but, at this point, their charm is irresitable. They cannot be stopped, slowed, or reasoned with. They will kill us all without mercy.
We also talk about the Yunel Escobar thing, the unfortunate timing of Max Scherzer’s shoulder pain and the AL MVP non-debate. Then Buster and Timmy take the stage!
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On Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning, the Baltimore Orioles won an 18 inning marathon against the Seattle Mariners by the score of 4-2. In the process of once again earning a tie atop the American League East with the New York Yankees, the team used eight different pitchers, five of whom pitched more than a single inning. The Orioles have one more game to play on the West Coast, before they return home and play 13 games in 13 days in three different cities. Such a feat, at least at the beginning, might prove to be difficult with a depleted bullpen, and so …
… the Baltimore Orioles, at their only living onceiest, have decided to promote 19-year-old pitching phenomenon Dylan Bundy to the Major League roster. As Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports suggests, Bundy will pitch in a limited role in relief, after throwing more than 1oo innings across three different Minor League levels in his first professional season. At this point, imagining Bundy as a potential injury replacement on the post season roster would be getting ahead of oneself.