On Friday, 19-year-old Dylan Bundy made his highly anticipated professional debut for Class-A Delmarva. Despite the hype and excitement regarding his immense potential, Bundy—the No. 4 overall selection in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft—still managed to exceed all expectations.
Bundy is Prospect Pipeline’s No. 9 prospect. He appeared as a man among boys; he dominated the Asheville Tourists’ hitters for three perfect frames. Throwing primarily fastballs, the right-hander celebrated his own arrival by fanning the side in the first inning—all swinging. He notched another strikeout in the second inning and two more in his third and final inning, meaning that Bundy carved up six of the nine hitters he faced on Friday.
Simply put: Bundy shoved it.
According to Danny Wild of MiLB.com, the right-hander’s fastball peaked at 97-98 mph, although he consistently worked in the mid-90s.
However, the juicy details of the Oklahoma native’s debut came courtesy of the excellent Mike Newman—of Scouting the Sally and FanGraphs fame—who was in attendance and captured the only available video.
Regarding Bundy’s secondary offerings, Newman noted:
Beyond the fastball, Bundy’s curveball was a 77-78 MPH offering which became tighter each time it was thrown. With sharp, late 12/6 action, combined with excellent arm speed, the pitch has the potential to be a plus offering. In such a short stint, his struggling to command the few curves thrown early was understandable. However, his throwing more of them in the third showed just how quickly Bundy was able to make in-game adjustments.
At 83-86 MPH, Bundy’s changeup also improved throughout the outing. He left the pitch up in the zone early and was staying a touch tall on his follow through. Additionally, adrenaline can often lead to a pitcher overthrowing the changeup early. By the third inning, Bundy had ironed out his command of the pitch and even doubled up on it to Rosell Herrera. Herrera did have the hardest hit ball of the day off of a change, but it was laced foul towards the bullpen mounds. At its best, the pitch features heavy drop, nearly identical arm action to his fastball and creates a distinct third velocity for Bundy to pitch from. At present, it appears to be his third best offering, but that’s certainly not a knock considering the strength of the rest of his arsenal.
Suffice it to say, Bundy exceeded all expectations in his first professional start. He pounded the strike zone and attacked hitters with his plus fastball while demonstrating an advanced feel for his offspeed pitches. Furthermore, Bundy oozed confidence on the mound, showcasing the makeup that scouts believe will help the right-hander quickly rise through the Orioles’ system.