There were no pitching prospects more impressive in 2012 than right hander Dylan Bundy. Drafted with the fourth overall pick in 2011, Bundy made his professional debut in 2012. And what a debut.
He began the year in the Sally league, where he made eight starts spanning 30 innings. How good was he? He didn’t allow an earned run. At all. What’s more impressive is that he allowed a meager five hits. Total. In 30 innings. This was the stuff of legend, even in Low-A ball.
Bundy wasn’t quite as dominant as the O’s moved him up to Advanced-A, but he still allowed fewer than a hit per inning, while striking out a ton of hitters; 10.4 per nine, to be exact. Bundy finished his campaign with three starts at Double-A Bowie, where he went 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA. Baltimore execs denied rumors that Bundy would appear in the major leagues this season, but on Wednesday, the Orioles made the move to bring him to The Show.
Bundy will work out of the bullpen for the Orioles and will be the youngest Orioles pitcher since Mike Adamson in 1967.