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's next scheduled start will take place Sunday as the Orioles host the Diamondbacks. Kevin Gausman's intercostal muscle injury forced the O's to reshuffle their rotation. Bundy looks like a risky play in his next go-round. In 13 starts this year, The righty carries a 7-5 record with a 4.73 ERA and 3.92 walks per nine innings. He's failed to top 5.1 innings in each of his last three outings, over which he's allowed 13 earned runs in 14 frames. Still, Bundy's 9.05 K/9 in the rotation points to a bright turnaround if he can improve his stamina in 2017.
Bunday (9-6) went five innings in a rematch with the Red Sox on Monday, allowing five runs on six hits, two walks, and three strikeouts in a losing effort. Bundy beat the Red Sox his last time out, but Mookie Betts and David Ortiz got the best of Bundy on Monday, each hitting two-run homers. Bundy has been solid for the Orioles in 2016, sporting a solid 9-6 record and 4.13 ERA. But he's run up his pitch count with walks lately, walking 15 over his last five starts and failing to pitch a full six innings in any of those starts. He'll look to rebound against the Diamondbacks on Saturday as the Orioles continue battling for a playoff spot.
Bundy (9-5) pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs, six hits and four walks while striking out four Red Sox in Tuesday's victory. Bundy bounced back from an awful performance in his last start by dropping a Red Sox team that had battered him in four previous games this season. Tuesday's 95-pitch effort marked the second most pitches Bundy's ever thrown in his short MLB career. The 23-year-old owns a solid 3.88 ERA through 99.2 innings this season, but he's been wildly inconsistent since joining the starting rotation, making Bundy a tough play in most formats. Not so lucky for him, Bundy's next start happens to be against the Red Sox once again, and the division leaders will certainly be hungry for revenge.
Bundy tossed 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and walking four while striking out five against the Yankees on Friday.He earned his eighth win of the season. Bundy was run out of Yankee Stadium in his last start, but he held the Yankees at bay Friday. It looks like Bundy may be having some location issues. He had 33 strikeouts and five walks in his first five starts, but he has 20 strikeouts and 15 walks in his last five starts.
Bundy (7-5) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks in 4.0 innings Saturday against the Yankees. He struck out six. The 23-year-old has pitched very well in August (3.10 ERA) outside of an understandably tough matchup against Boston and this rough start against the Yankees. Bundy continues to post a solid strikeout rate (8.22 K/9) even after transitioning to the starting rotation, and seems to be generally rounding into the form many considered he had as a starting pitcher phenom. Hopefully the young righty learned from this outing, since he faces the Yankees again in his next scheduled start Friday, this time at home in Baltimore.