Last night on the MLB Network, MLB.com revealed their top 100 Major League Baseball prospects list and the Baltimore Orioles can be proud as they have the second best prospect in all of baseball: Dylan Bundy.
This is not your typical rankings list as every year the top three or so on MLB.com's top 100 prospects list end up making a huge impact in the big leagues that year, so Baltimore fans, although they were already excited, should be extremely pumped to see one of our Orioles at number two. Just for noteworthy sake, Manny Machado was #6 on the list last year and Bundy was #10.
Only Texas Rangers' shortstop Jurickson Profar was ranked ahead of Bundy, but Dylan did receive 12.5% of the first place votes, so there are several scouts and front office staff around baseball that believe Bundy is the best prospect in all of baseball. Bundy did get called up to Baltimore last September, but only got in two appearances and 1 2/3 innings pitched. In his small amount of work, he allowed just one hit and one walk, but no runs. Bundy started 23 games in the minor leagues in 2012 over three different levels and compiled a 9-3 record with a miniscule 2.08 ERA in 103 2/3 innings pitched with 119 strikeouts, just 28 walks, allowed six homers, held hitters to a .186 and had a 0.92 WHIP. Quite a first professional season for a teenager, as he did not turn 20 until after the season ended. Bundy will likely start the year in AAA, but there is no question, barring an injury, Bundy will be in the Majors this season and likely before the All-Star break.
Bundy was joined on the top 100 list by just one other Oriole, Kevin Gausman. Gausman came in ranked 37th, but is much higher than that in my personal opinion and Gausman, an LSU graduate, is also likely to get called up to Baltimore sometime in 2013. Although I have no doubt that Kevin will make his Major League debut in 2013, I foresee him being called up late in the season to pitch out of the bullpen, much like Bundy was last year, but I can see a scenario where the Orioles starting rotation suffers enough injuries or struggles enough to see Gausman crack that starting rotation before season's end.
Although Baltimore only had two players rank in the top 100, Orioles fans should rest assured that Baltimore has a stock pile of young talent in their farm system. Also, there were four teams that only had one player in the top 100 and the leaders had just six, so do not think the Orioles are way behind.
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