Is Dylan Bundy A Future Ace?
I have to admit that the national recognition for Bundy’s greatness has certainly filled my head with thoughts of Bundy taking the mound at Camden Yards as the ace of the Orioles rotation.
Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus and ESPN.com wrote a great piece about five guys that he thinks have ace potential and Bundy makes the list at number two. “No. 1 guys are the guy where every time they take the mound, you feel you are going to win,” an AL scout told Goldstein.
“A No. 1 is giving you 50 percent elite starts, 25 percent really good and 25 percent average. When you see Verlander get hit hard by the Yankees, you know he’s going to deal the next time out. That’s a No. 1.”
Goldstein writes that Bundy has the makeup of an ace with an upper-90s fastball and a curveball and change up that are already “above-average offerings” at age 19. Bundy finished at number two behind Mariners prospect Taijuan Walker because he has yet to face a true challenge in starting at Low-A Delmarva.
“Bundy is not going to get touched in Low-A,” an executive told Goldstein.