After defeating the Oakland A’s 6-2 last night behind a solid start from recently acquired Tommy Hunter, the Baltimore Orioles won again coming to terms on a deal with 4th overall pick Dylan Bundy.
The deal is worth $6.225 guaranteed, slightly less than what Matt Weiters received a few years ago. This was a great day for fans. Not only did the Orioles win back-to-back games for the first time since mid-July they signed the prized high school pitcher of the draft. During his senior season at Owasso High School, Bundy went 11-0 with a 0.20 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 71 innings. He throws four pitches all of which have been rated “above average.”
Dylan Bundy’s older brother, Robert Bundy, has been promoted to AA-Bowie where he is 1-1 with a 3.86 era. The signing of Dylan means the Orioles signed all of their top 10 picks. That in itself should be considered another win for a franchise so used to losing. It is possible that if Bundy had gone to Texas on his scholarship there would have been eventual comparisons made to former Longhorn Roger Clemens. Both are power pitchers that topped out in the upper 90’s (Yes, I know Bundy has hit 100). The amount of hype could have been similar to what we saw last season with Stephen Strausburg. So perhaps the Orioles, got a steal by signing Bundy and not allowing him to get to college.
Let’s hope things turn out differently with Bundy, and he doesn’t need Tommy John surgery in a year. He obviously has the potential to be a top of the rotation pitcher for the Orioles in the future. I would expect we see Bundy in Baltimore around this time 4 years from now depending on how he progresses in the minor leagues. With two Bundy’s in the system, one of them has to turn out right? I’m not sure this is the Orioles we are talking about.