Former Owasso right-hander Dylan Bundy is entering just his second full season as a professional baseball player, but his status continued rising Tuesday when he was revealed as the No. 2 prospect on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects.
Former Broken Arrow standout Archie Bradley is No. 24 while former Putnam City and Oklahoma State left-hander Andrew Heaney is No. 81.
Bundy, 20, made his MLB debut last season for the Baltimore Orioles, appearing in two games out of the bullpen. In the minors he started 23 games, going 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA and 119 strikeouts across three levels.
“His Fastball is easily plus, thrown up to 98 mph, and he maintains velocity deep into his starts with a clean and easy delivery,” MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo wrote. “His curve should be at least above-average in the future, though he’s still learning to throw it consistently. He has good arm speed on his changeup, which should be another above-average or better pitch. He looks every bit the top of the rotation starter the Orioles hoped they were getting when they gave him a Major League contract.”
Bundy spoke via phone with MLB Network on Tuesday and was asked to grade his first professional season.
“I really wouldn’t give it just a grade,” he said. “I would just go on my feel and how I felt all year; I felt good throughout the whole year. I still had the zip on the fastball that I needed, I was still throwing strikes and competing out there.”
Bradley, a Broken Arrow standout who was going to play at Oklahoma before being drafted No. 7 overall in 2011 by Arizona, had a successful first season as a professional. He started 27 games in the Midwest League, going 12-6 with a 3.84 ERA and 152 strikeouts. Perhaps the most glaring statistic is his .181 batting average against.
“His fastball, which tops out at 95 mph, has some serious sink to generate groundball outs,” Mayo said. “His curve has sharp bite to it, though he doesn’t always command it well. He has a feel for a changeup with some fade to it, giving him the chance to have three average or better offerings at his disposal.”
The negative? Bradley also led the league in walks with 84.
Heaney was selected ninth overall in last year’s draft by the Marlins and was able to make six starts in the minors. His overall ERA was a bit high at 4.33, though.
“Heaney’s plus pitchability should let him move quickly, as he has a firm grasp of the strike zone and mixes his pitches well,” Mayo wrote.
Texas Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar is ranked No. 1.