Orioles101 has received several requests to go through the Baltimore Orioles prospects and formulate a list of how these prospects rank. We strive to provide readers with information and articles that they want to read, thus we have compiled a top ten Baltimore Orioles prospects list. I have broken down these players myself, and at no one's surprise, coming in at number one: Dylan Bundy.
Bundy was drafted by Baltimore with their first round selection (4th overall) in the 2011 MLB Draft, and is the definition of a stud. Bundy has a very solid frame (6'1'' 210 lbs) with a little room to add more muscle without effecting his skill set. He also has the stamina and power to be a true workhorse power pitcher as his fastball is consistently in the mid to high 90's all game and his recently added cutter is already a plus pitch. He has a nice curveball and a changeup that still has room for improvement, but certainly is still a weapon due to the sheer change in velocity compared to his fastball and cutter. Dylan does a fantastic job of using his lower half to reduce the amount of strain on his arm to throw hard, and has very limited wasted movement with a great downhill plane to his pitches. I never call a player a sure thing, but he is as close as it gets for a projected ace.
He had quite a 2012 for his first professional season as he made 23 starts in the minor leagues over three classes, as he pitched for the A class Delmarva Shorebirds, high A class Frederick Keys, and AA Bowie Baysox. Bundy wasted no time showing how good he really is as he compiled a 9-3 record with a 2.08 ERA, striking out 119 and allowing just 28 walks in 103 2/3 innings in the minors. His dominance forced the hand of the Orioles organization when September came around as he was called up to pitch out of the bullpen at the ripe age of 19 for the Orioles. He only made two appearances for the O's resulting in just 1 2/3 innings pitched, but only allowed one hit, one walk and zero runs in his short stint.
Bundy, who was on a strict inning limit in his first professional season, will also be on a limit in 2013, but the real question that Orioles fans have is whether or not he will begin the season with the big league club. I firmly believe that he will start the year with AAA Norfolk Tides and get 5-10 starts under his belt there, before being called up in June so to push back his arbitration eligibility a year, much like they did with Matt Wieters a few years ago. Fans can rest at ease though, as barring injury, they will see Dylan Bundy in an Orioles uniform before the All-Star break.
Orioles101's Top Ten Prospects list:
- #10 Clay Schrader
- #9 Branden Kline
- #8 L.J. Hoes
- #7 Jason Esposito
- #6 Glynn Davis
- #5 Mike Belfiore
- #4 Nick Delmonico
- #3 Jonathan Schoop
- #2 Kevin Gausman
- #1 Dylan Bundy
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