Dylan Bundy – 6-1, 205 – RHP – Owasso HS (OK)
Tenth Inning Overall Rank: 4
Physical: Strong, sturdy frame. Thick in legs/trunk, weight evenly distributed. Impeccable conditioning. Height and current body severely limits further projection, but at age 18 he’s already developed into a durable power pitcher’s frame.
Delivery: Uses strong lower half to generate big velocity. Smooth mechanics, a little long in the load phase but forms a good line with no inversion and a low drop. Delivery is repeatable and solid. Bears well for good command/control going forward.
Stuff: Bundy uses his lower body strength and explosive delivery to generate consistent mid-90s velo on his fastball, flirting with triple digits throughout his senior year. As he gets into pro ball and stretches out on shorter rest, he won’t sit 98, as he is essentially maxed out physically and his frame doesn’t allow for much further projection. He should rest comfortably in the 94-96 range, however, with the ability to reach back and hit the upper 90s when needed. Good movement and command to both sides of the plate make this a plus-plus pitch down the line.
Bundy throws a cutter that moves so much it mimics a slideresque fade. A tight, hard pitch that sits 86-88, this is his out pitch vs. left-handed hitters. Originally a straight-forward slider, Bundy has blended the pitch into a proper cut-fastball, which lessens the stress on his elbow and comes with more natural deception in arm slot and action.
Bundy mixes in two additional secondaries, a 12/6 curve and a developing change. He hasn’t used the curve as much this season other than to change the eye level of hitters as it comes at a completely different plane than his other pitches. It’s only an average pitch right now, but with further development in the minors it could be come a plus pitch. The change-up is rudimentary at this point but could easily develop into an average or better pitch as he refines it in pro ball.
The Skinny: There is so much to love about Bundy. He carries mid-to-upper 90′s velocity on a plus-plus fastball, is extremely athletic and is a conditioning freak, commands four pitches that move in all possible ways and should be effective against both right-handed and left-handed hitters, and he’s remarkably advanced and polished for a HS power pitcher. In short: he’s a future ace, and the rare prep pitcher who could plow through the minors in 2-3 seasons. The only slight knocks on Bundy are that he was worked heavily last spring and saw diminished stuff last summer and that he offers very little physical projection. His stuff has rebounded big time this season, however, and, at 205 pounds of pure muscle and a fastball that touches 100 MPH, who needs any more projection? Bundy is simply one of the most physically advanced and technically polished pitchers I’ve seen come out of the prep ranks.
His older brother, Bobby, is currently pitching in Hi-A Frederick for the Orioles’ system, and they could both be pitching in the big leagues by 2014.
Future Projection: Prototypical, power-pitching ace on a contending team.