And with the 4th pick in the 1st round of the draft, the Baltimore Orioles select…(video and poll included)


Dylan Bundy.

As expected, the O’s picked this hard-throwing right-handed pitcher from Owasso High School in Oklahoma. The 6’1” 200-pounder throws a mid to upper-90’s fastball and has hit 100 more than once. He also has a cutter that can reach 90 mph and a curve ball and change-up, the curve ball being thought of as one of his best. MLB Draft analysts compare him to Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt.

Last week, Bundy was named the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year. There has been only one other person from Oklahoma, A.J. Hinch in 1992, to win the award since it started in 1986. Other players who have won this award? Gary Sheffield in 1986, A-Rod in 1993, Zack Greinke in 2002, and Justin Upton in 2005. Bundy also became the first person to win the Gatorade Oklahoma Baseball Player of the Year award three times in a row.

At his last season at Owasso, Bundy went 11-0 and struck out 158 batters in 71 innings. He also only walked 5 batters all season and led his team to a 37-2 record and the school’s 2nd straight state runner-up finish. He also finished the season with a tiny, microscopic ERA of 0.20.

Bundy’s coach, Larry Turner, has said that his work ethic is unmatchable as well as his presence on the mound. Turner says he shows no emotion when he’s out there, which is a real plus.

He isn’t an official Oriole yet though. He has a few decisions to make. One: which sport? He plays both baseball and football. Two: what path? He can either go to college (he’s committed to Texas) to play (either sport) or sign with the Orioles and enter the majors now. It has been said that Bundy has told the Orioles he wants to be a major league pitcher and wants to work with them and sign with them and the O’s think he means it. Extreme numbers of up to $30 million have been thrown around as to how much Bundy wants in a contract. He has confirmed those numbers even though Peter Angelos have denied them. So it looks like fans will have to wait and see with this one. The next pick the O’s have in the draft is number 64.

Fun Fact: Dylan’s older brother, Bobby, is also a Baltimore Oriole. He is currently pitching for Class A Frederick as a pitcher who was drafted by the O’s in 2008.