Dylan Bundy is a great reminder of why we have to be careful with prospect arms. He sped through the minors and debuted in his first professional season (2012). He then missed all of 2013 following Tommy John surgery and has been on the slow return ever since. After just 65 innings combined in 2014-15, his 2016 outlook was hazy at best. He was out of options and didn't have enough innings built up to be a full-time starter. He relieved in the first half and started in the second. His workload was managed, slowly escalating his pitch count into the 90s. His velocity as a starter dropped from July to August, but jumped back up in September. He's platoon-neutral, has a devastating hammer curve and showed flashes of what made him a top-100 prospect. The next step will be to curb the homers (1.9 HR/9 as a starter).
Bundy isn't too worried about the slight dip in his fastball velocity this season, Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. Despite his effective start to the season -- registering a quality start in each of his first five games -- Bundy has seen a dip in his fastball velocity. He averaged 90.2 mph with his four-seamer Wednesday night after averaging 92.4 mph through his first four starts and 95 mph throughout last season. Manager Buck Showalter said it is definitely something he will keep an eye on moving forward, especially given Bundy's injury history. When asked about his drop in velocity, Bundy seemed unfazed. "Yeah, a quality start is a quality start," the 24-year-old said. "I'm not too worried about the numbers. I don't think you guys need to be worried either... Overall I felt good when I left the game, so I'm happy about it."
Bundy (3-1) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three over 6.2 innings but came away with a no-decision in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Rays. Both runs scored on solo shots by Tim Beckham, as Bundy held the rest of the Rays lineup in check. The right-hander has now delivered five quality starts in five trips to the mound with a 1.65 ERA and 0.98 WHIP, but his 23:6 K:BB through 32.2 innings suggests he may be pitching a little over his head at the moment. The 24-year-old gets a potentially tough test in his next outing Monday on the road against the Red Sox.
Bundy (3-1) fired seven shutout innings on six hits and one walk while striking out three to earn the win Friday against the Red Sox. Bundy was only given two runs of offensive support, but it was plenty as he scattered six singles in his outstanding performance. He's allowed one or fewer earned runs in three of his four starts and he's beginning to look like a potential breakout candidate, as he boasts a 1.37 ERA. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Rays.
Bundy's next start was moved up to Friday against the Red Sox, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports. His normal turn would have come Saturday, but the Orioles will take advantage of Monday's off day and move him up to pitch on normal rest Friday. This means either Jayson Aquino or Alec Asher will get the start Saturday. Bundy will face Drew Pomeranz instead of the Red Sox's Saturday starter, Steven Wright.
Bundy (2-1) earned his second win of the season with six shutout innings in Sunday's 11-4 triumph over the Blue Jays. While the final score is not close, the game actually played out much differently, as Bundy had to battle into the sixth inning to receive meaningful run support. He threw 66 percent of his pitches for strikes, including an impressive 15 swinging strikes, and allowed just one man past first base. Bundy's early results have been terrific, and he will take a 1.86 ERA into Saturday's start against the Red Sox.
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