Living only about 20 miles from Frederick, I went to the Keys game on Thursday night to get my first glimpse of Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy. He had a rough night. He was touched for 4 runs in 3.2 innings of work. And an outing-ending homer by Lynchburg Hillcats catcher Braeden Schlehuber is probably still rolling somewhere in Frederivk County – heading toward Westminster!
Though there is no way to put a pretty face on this performance, it is honestly not as bad as first appearance. The young man is working on specific skills; this is obvious. If he were to just rear back and throw his fastball with placement, likely the results would be rather positive.
I expected to be blown away by his fastball (in the seats that is, not at the plate!). And though his easy motion makes 98+ look very ridiculously easy, I was more impressed by his curve. It is sharp and nasty. He’ll learn how to control this along with other skills, and he has a bright future.
Jim Palmer talks all the time about players needing to thrown “downhill.” Bundy does indeed do this well; it is just a matter of command … not leaving pitches up, throwing off-speed stuff for strikes, and having enough repertoire that teams cannot sit on his fastball.