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January 18, 2012 BY ALEX EISENBERG 3 Comments

Orioles Top-15 Prospects of 2012

    1. Dylan Bundy | RHP | Age – 19 | Grade – A-
    2. Manny Machado | SS | Age – 18 | Grade – A-
    3. Jonathan Schoop | SS/2b/3b | Age – 20 | Grade – B/B-
    4. Nick Delmonico | C/3b | Age – 19 | Grade – B-
    5. Jason Esposito | 3b | Age – 21 | Grade – B-
    6. Parker Bridwell | RHP | Age – 20 | Grade – B-/C+
    7. Clay Schrader | RHP | Age – 22 | Grade – C+
    8. Dan Klein | RHP | Age – 24 | Grade – C+
    9. Ryan Flaherty | UTI | Age – 25 | Grade – C+
    10. Eduardo Rodriguez | LHP | Age – 19 | Grade – C+
    11. Gabriel Lino | C | Age – 18 | Grade – C+
    12. L.J. Hoes | 2b/3b/LF | Age – 22 | Grade – C+
    13. Bobby Bundy | RHP | Age – 22 | Grade – C+
    14. Ryan Adams | INF | Age – 25 | Grade – C+/C
    15. Roderick Bernadina | CF | Age – 19 | Grade – C

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Prospect Quick Takes

    1. Dylan Bundy | RHP | Age – 19 | Grade – A- … See his full report below…
    2. Manny Machado | SS | Age – 18 | Grade – A- … Set back a bet by injuries, but he’s one of the top two shortstops in baseball.
    3. Jonathan Schoop | SS/2b/3b | Age – 20 | Grade – B/B- … Solid all around player
    4. Nick Delmonico | C/3b | Age – 19 | Grade – B- … Advanced hitter for his age, potential above average regular
    5. Jason Esposito | 3b | Age – 21 | Grade – B- … A few questions about his bat, but he’s a very good defender with solid power.
    7. Clay Schrader | RHP | Age – 22 | Grade – C+ … Power stuff…misses lots of bats, but needs to throw more strikes
    8. Dan Klein | RHP | Age – 24 | Grade – C+ … Like him a lot, but injuries leave me wondering how often he’ll make it through an entire season. Health problems will also keep him out of the starting rotation most likely.
    9. Ryan Flaherty | UTI | Age – 25 | Grade – C+ … Rule-5 selection can play a bunch of different positions and has average tools across the board with the bat…
    10. Eduardo Rodriguez | LHP | Age – 19 | Grade – C+ … Potential back of the rotation starter with a chance to be a middle guy.
    11. Gabriel Lino | C | Age – 18 | Grade – C+ … Sleeper alert…good defensive catcher showed some intriguing power last season.
    12. L.J. Hoes | 2b/3b/LF | Age – 22 | Grade – C+ … Plate discipline is best skill, but power is well below average. His could work at second base or in a utility role, but it won’t work in left field or third base.
    13. Bobby Bundy | RHP | Age – 22 | Grade – C+ … Brother of No. 1 prospect Dylan, Bobby probably works best out of the bullpen
    14. Ryan Adams | INF | Age – 25 | Grade – C+/C … Possible utility guy, but how many positions can he play?
    15. Roderick Bernadina | CF | Age – 19 | Grade – C … Intriguing prospect who had a successful season in the Gulf Coast League…sleeper to watch out for.
    HONORABLE MENTIONS (in no particular order) – Caleb Joseph (C) | Xavier Avery (CF) | Trent Howard (LHP) | Brandon Erbe (RHP) | Aaron Baker (1b) | Matt Sweeney (1b) | Zach Davies (RHP) | Mike Wright (RHP) | Matt Hobgood (RHP) | Matt Bywater (LHP) | Joe Mahoney (1b) | Kipp Schutz (LF) | Kyle Simon (RHP) | Trent Mummey (OF) | Jason Gurka (LHP) | Cameron Coffey (LHP) | Steve Johnson (RHP) | Wynston Sawyer (C) | Matt Angle (CF) | Jaime Esquivel (LHP) | Andrew Loomis (LHP) | Oliver Drake (RHP) | Jacob Cowan (RHP) | Matt Taylor (LHP) | Cole McCurry (LHP) | Connor Narron (3b) | Eddie Gamboa (RHP) | Hector Veloz (3b) | Eric Wooten (LHP) | Tyler Townsend (1b) | Jose Rivera (RHP) | John Ruettiger (OF) | Greg Miclat (2b) | David Baker (RHP) | Miguel Chala (RHP) | Tyler Wilson (RHP) | Matt Hobgood (RHP) | Connor Narron (INF) | Ryan Berry (RHP) | Wynn Pelzer (RHP) | Mychal Givens (SS/2b) | Zach Phillips (LHP)
    *Zach Britton no longer considered prospects based on the criteria set forth for these lists.
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  • 1. Dylan Bundy | RHP | Age – 19
    Did Not Pitch Last Year | Drafted – Round 1 (4), 2011

    Player Grades
    Fastball – 65 Now | 65 Future
    Cutter – 55 | 60
    Curveball – 50 | 55
    Change-Up – 55 | 60
    Control – 55 | 65
    Command – 50 | 60
    Pitchability – 55 | 65
    ETA – 2014
    Final Grade – A-

    Body Type – Not big, but very athletic. Much stronger than he looks.

    Stuff

    Fastball – Comes out of Bundy’s hand at an easy 93 – 97 mph, touching higher. He’s able to hold that velocity deep into ball games.

    Bundy looks effortless throwing the pitch. His fastball has tremendous life and solid running action. He does an excellent job of keeping the pitch down in the zone, but will raise the ladder when necessary. What makes Bundy stand out is his exceptional command of the pitch. He’s able to place the pitch just where he wants it and will take advantage of this skill by using both sides of the plate.

    Cutter – It looks like a slider to me because it will feature a two-plane break, but I see it mostly referred to as a cutter. The pitch is a hard breaking ball clocked between 85 – 88 mph. It travels on the same plane as his fastball, before breaking left and down. The break occurs very late, often after hitters have committed themselves to the pitch.

    Curveball – A hammer curve that comes out of his hand looking like high fastball. It feature solid bite, but he could tighten up the pitch just a bit. Commands the pitch well and its really effective as a change of pace from his typically hard repertoire. See his fastball below on the left and his curveball on the right:

    Change-Up – An average to above average pitch with the potential to get better. The pitch is thrown in the mid-80s and features solid fading action. Bundy maintains his arm speed well.

    Scouting Report

    Dylan Bundy is a pitcher with few weaknesses. He has elite level stuff and his command is terrific for somebody his age. He has the pitchability of someone wise beyond his years. His work ethic is second to none and he has a nasty streak to his game. He doesn’t back down from hitters and will brush them off the plate if need be.

    High school numbers don’t generally mean much, but Bundy’s numbers were on another level. The right hander threw 71 innings, struck out 158 batters, while walking just five. He allowed a total of two earned runs.

    Given his lack of size, you’d think Bundy would have a max effort delivery, but far from it. His delivery is incredibly smooth and repeatable.

    Bundy comes to a compact position at the height of his leg lift and moves his hands and lead leg together. As he starts his stride, the hands break. Bundy uses a small tilt of his shoulders so he can lead with his hips and account for the step over move that he employs to increase his stride and generate a forceful kickstart of his hip rotation. Again, it’s just a smooth, pretty looking delivery and it comes from a guy with tremendous natural arm speed and strength.

    Bundy is a workout warrior. He uses a unique regimen that includes boxing using a punching bag and lots of long toss. He’s done an excellent job of building up his leg strength for stamina and can reportedly squat up to 500 pounds.

    Lets hope those workouts have done him some good because it’s been reported he racked up some extremely high pitch counts in high school. This is my number one concern with Bundy.

    Given how advanced he is as a pitcher, expect Bundy to move through the Oriole organization like a college pitcher would. He’s ready for the challenge both physically and mentally.

    Best Case Outcome – One of the best starters in all of baseball.

    More Likely Outcome – Borderline No. 1 starter.

    2. Manny Machado | SS | B – R | Age – 19
    High-A Frederick | Drafted – Round 1 (3), 2010
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    • rbt said:

      I really like Bundy, but you’re right, the pitch counts are concerning…293 pitches in three games over a span of four days is just a ton for a 17 year old:

      http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/highschool/article.aspx?subjectid=229&articleid=20100520_229_B1_SaidDy761561

    • ageofreason13 said:

      I wouldn’t be too worried about those pitch counts at this point. If they had done signifficant damage he would have fallen further in the draft. Pitch counts are important, but throwing overhand at high speed causes damage, period. Strasburg had his pitch counts controlled for years and still blew out his elbow. Bundy is a better bet to stay healthy because of his training program, but nothing is certain with pitchers.

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