Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
DOB: 11/15/1992 (Age: 20)
Height/Weight: 6’1”, 195
Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Oswasso HS, Okla.)
The unanimous top pitching prospect in the game, Bundy began his professional career with 30 scoreless frames at Low-A Delmarva. His dominance resulted in a bump to High-A Frederick (2.84 ERA, 10.42 K/9), followed by a late-season promotion to Double-A Bowie (3.24 ERA). Bundy’s professional debut ended with a big league call-up in mid-September, where he made two appearances out of the Orioles bullpen.
The 6’1” right-hander is physically strong with broad shoulders. He utilizes lower half and core strength and finishes well out front with minimal effort. He repeats delivery and has a durable, quick arm. He is hard to pick up out of hand, is poised from the stretch and possesses a feel for his mechanics well beyond his years.
Bundy boasts an advanced four-pitch mix highlighted by a mid-90s two-seam fastball with exceptional run.
He blows hitters away with a four-seamer that reaches the high 90s.
His breaking ball is a hammer and plus pitch. It demonstrates tight rotation, but he is still developing command of the pitch, occasionally leaving it up in the zone.
The changeup is his most consistent secondary pitch and has the potential to be another above-average offering. He also has a slider, but his primary breaking ball is the curve.
Spring Training Forecast
Bundy will attempt to make the Opening Day roster this spring and could force the Orioles’ hand with an impressive showing.
Despite reaching the major leagues in his professional debut last season, Bundy stands to benefit from a bit more seasoning in the minor leagues. Therefore, he’ll presumably open the year in the Double-A rotation, though a lights-out performance this spring could warrant consideration as the team’s fifth starter.