Major League Baseball: Owasso's Dylan Bundy on the fast track with Baltimore Orioles
After making his major league debut last season, Dylan Bundy is gunning for a spot in the Baltimore Orioles' rotation.
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The Orioles prohibited Bundy from throwing his cutter last season, but he will probably add that pitch to his arsenal this spring.
It's an impressive arsenal. He routinely throws in the mid-90s. He throws two- and four-seam fastballs, and he has a curveball that still needs work and an improving changeup.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Bundy credits his father, Denver, for teaching him the nuances of each pitch, emphasizing the importance of hitting your spots, throwing strikes.
“I owe it all to my dad,” Bundy said. “We just really worked on keeping the ball low in the zone. That's the key, keeping the ball down and being consistent with your off-speed pitches.”
Another family member has helped Bundy's meteoric rise through Baltimore's system. His brother Bobby, who is three years older than Dylan, also is in the Orioles system. An eighth-round selection in 2008, Bobby made 17 starts last season with Double-A Bowie.
The 23-year-old Bobby didn't enjoy the same success as Dylan last season, going 2-11 with a 6.25 ERA, but he has made 84 appearances in five minor league seasons.
“He's been a huge influence,” Dylan Bundy said. “He keeps me grounded and lets me know where I stand. He's helped me a lot with what to expect, what to do and what not to do, how to respect people.”
Bundy's performance in his first pro season has scouts raving about his long-term potential. It won't be long before he joins young stars Manny Machado and Matt Weiters at Camden Yards.
The Orioles ended a 17-year playoff drought last season. Bundy was with the team during the tension-filled final 10 days of the season.
“It was so awesome to see the competitiveness in that clubhouse,” Bundy said. “It's a team that really wants to win and did win. Hopefully that carries on for a long time.
“I can't wait to get started this season. My goal is to fight for a starting job right with the Orioles out of spring training. If I don't that will just make me work harder in Double-A or Triple-A, wherever they put me.”
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