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.
by Michael Baldwin Published: February 16, 2013
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photo - Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy, a former Owasso standout, is on the fast track to the Orioles’ rotation. AP Photo
Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy, a former Owasso standout, is on the fast track to the Orioles’ rotation. AP Photo

Dylan Bundy became the first Oriole in 45 years to make his major league debut before age 20.

And now he's on the fast track to join Baltimore's starting rotation.

The right-hander from Owasso is the No. 2 prospect in all of minor league baseball according to Baseball America. He's the highest-rated pitcher, with only Texas shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar ahead of him in the No. 1 spot.

For Bundy, who is one of more than 120 players and coaches with Oklahoma ties who have reported to Major League Baseball training camps, the goal is to make the Orioles' rotation out of spring training. That's a long shot. Bundy most likely will start the season in Double-A.

But he was so dominant in his first professional season at age 19, it will be intriguing to see if a pitcher that young can earn a spot in the Orioles' rotation later this season.

“It seemed like it was just yesterday that Dylan was here pitching for us, then last season he was in the Futures game and pitched in the big leagues,” said Owasso coach Larry Turner. “He's the real deal.”

The No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 draft, Bundy didn't sign until August, receiving a reported $6.2 million bonus.

Bundy didn't make his pro debut until last April, but he quickly rose through the system.

Pitching at three levels, Bundy went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA, recording 119 strikeouts while issuing only 28 walks. He made 23 starts, logging 103 2/3 innings with Delmarva (low A), Frederick (high A) and Bowie (Double-A).

Then, he got a brief taste of the big leagues late in the season. Called up in late September, Bundy made two relief appearances. His major league debut was at Fenway Park in Boston. He also pitched at Baltimore's Camden Yards.

He threw only 1 2/3 innings with the O's. Still, it was a rare accomplishment for someone so young, a player who was pitching for Owasso at the Class 6A state tournament just 16 months earlier.

“It was such a historic ballpark to make your debut,” Bundy said. “Then it was cool to see the crowd at home react the way they did. It was a blessing and keeps me humble to be up there at such a young age, seeing guys I've been watching on TV for 15 years.”

Turner wasn't surprised the Orioles twice promoted Bundy just to challenge him.

In his senior year at Owasso, Bundy recorded 158 strikeouts and walked only five. His only hit by pitch was intentional at the state tournament to prevent a Sand Springs runner from stealing third.

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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