Dylan Bundy
Dylan Bundy
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Baltimore Orioles
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There isn't a clearer example of control (throwing strikes) versus command (throwing where you want) than Bundy. He has good control as exhibited by 7.2% and 7.3% walk rates the past two seasons, below the 8.5% league average. His stuff is good as evidenced by an above-average 12.7% swinging-strike rate, fueling a solid 24.5% strikeout rate despite a 92 mph average fastball. Then there's the homers: 41 of them in just 171.2 innings. While a flyball pitcher of Bundy's ilk is prone to homers, and an 17.8% HR/FB likely includes some bad luck, Bundy's poor command was the primary reason for extreme gopheritis. A .316 BABIP for a flyball pitcher is another example of too many meatballs. So long as he remains in Camden Yards, Bundy will sport a high home-run rate. To be fantasy relevant, especially in mixed formats, he needs to counter the launch angle era with better command. He has the stuff, so if the price is right, he's worth a stash. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Orioles in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Comes to terms
PBaltimore Orioles
January 11, 2019
Bundy signed a one-year, $2.8 millon deal with the Orioles on Friday to avoid arbitration, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Bundy had an up-and-down 2018 in which he finished with a 5.45 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 184:54 K:BB over 171.2 innings. The 26-year-old heads into 2019 likely to once again see a heavy load of innings for the Orioles.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .282 957 170 77 244 54 5 38
Since 2016vs Right .233 965 270 70 205 38 1 47
2018vs Left .319 380 68 33 109 23 3 17
2018vs Right .230 370 116 21 79 16 1 24
2017vs Left .261 333 56 26 78 19 1 12
2017vs Right .222 365 96 25 74 15 0 14
2016vs Left .256 244 46 18 57 12 1 9
2016vs Right .259 230 58 24 52 7 0 9
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Since 2016Home 4.36 1.22 255.0 17 16 0 8.3 2.5 1.6
Since 2016Away 5.03 1.45 194.0 14 15 0 9.4 3.6 1.8
2018Home 5.31 1.37 96.2 5 8 0 9.4 2.6 2.0
2018Away 5.64 1.47 75.0 3 8 0 10.0 3.1 2.3
2017Home 4.20 1.13 96.1 7 5 0 7.5 2.2 1.4
2017Away 4.30 1.28 73.1 6 4 0 8.8 3.3 1.4
2016Home 3.14 1.14 63.0 5 3 0 8.0 2.6 1.3
2016Away 5.21 1.69 46.2 5 3 0 9.3 4.6 1.7
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How does Dylan Bundy compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The "Verducci Effect" has been debunked, but a 60-inning spike in workload from year-to-year, as Bundy saw from 2016 to 2017, is still a bit troubling. That's especially true with a player with Bundy's injury history; he's undergone Tommy John surgery and dealt with shoulder troubles since being drafted fourth overall in 2011. He posted a 2.89 ERA over the first two months, and a 21.8 percent strikeout rate and 7.3 percent walk rate overall last season. Bundy turned in his best career start on Aug. 29 -- a one-hitter with 12 punchouts -- before ultimately succumbing to a hamstring strain. While lefties slugged .452 against Bundy, he held right-handers to a .222/.282/.392 line, and there was little difference in his home/road splits. He's lost some velocity and remains a big injury risk, but at least if he's a bust, he won't sink you given the modest cost.
Bundy is a great reminder of why we have to be careful with prospect arms. He sped through the minors and debuted in his first professional season (2012). He then missed all of 2013 following Tommy John surgery and has been on the slow return ever since. After just 65 innings combined in 2014-15, his 2016 outlook was hazy at best. He was out of options and didn't have enough innings built up to be a full-time starter. He relieved in the first half and started in the second. His workload was managed, slowly escalating his pitch count into the 90s. His velocity as a starter dropped from July to August, but jumped back up in September. He's platoon-neutral, has a devastating hammer curve and showed flashes of what made him a top-100 prospect. The next step will be to curb the homers (1.9 HR/9 as a starter).
How the mighty have fallen. It seems like a lifetime ago when Bundy was the top pitching prospect in the game and making his debut with the Orioles as a teenager. Tommy John surgery and shoulder issues have derailed his career and held him to just 63 innings since 2012. Bundy was pretty good in limited activity at Double-A last season, never throwing more than 65 pitches in a game. He was shut down in May with the shoulder issue, then began a fall throwing program and appeared in two Arizona Fall League games before having to be shut down with a strain in his forearm. The complicated thing with Bundy is that he has to be kept on the 25-man roster on Opening Day or risk being exposed to waivers. Bundy's prospect star has fallen, but other teams would gladly vulture Bundy away if given the chance. If he can get healthy, the Orioles would probably slot him in the middle of their bullpen in an effort to keep him healthy for a full season before stretching him back out heading into 2017.
Bundy was forced to spend most of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he was able to make nine rehab starts in the low minors down the stretch before getting shut down in August after straining a lat muscle in his throwing shoulder. At times, the young righty was brilliant and on other days he struggled in his rehab outings, but those numbers are fairly irrelevant to his long-term outlook. The Orioles will find a spot for Bundy in the major league rotation this season, but it’s not abundantly clear when or for how long, as he pitched 105.1 innings in his first professional season in 2012, and obviously hasn't approached that level since. This is not a mid-rotation starter, at least not if he avoids further setbacks, and is able to get most of his former velocity and control back. Bundy is a 6-foot-1 brick house of fine-tuned filth, and it will soon be time for him to actualize his destiny of heading up a big league rotation.
An elite prospect entering 2013, Bundy experienced elbow issues at the conclusion of spring training, which resulted in Tommy John surgery at the end of June. He'll be on the mend to begin the year but should return to minor league action around midseason. However, there is a very small chance that he contributes for the Orioles in 2014, especially considering the careful approach the organization took with his workload and development before the injury. The goal for Bundy will be to crack the big league rotation in early 2015.
Bundy should start the season as the top prospect on most boards after a season in which he made it all the way to the Orioles as a 19-year-old. Working on a 125-inning limit for the season, Bundy rifled off 30 scoreless innings to start the year at Low-A before advancing to Double-A in time to make a few appearances. The Orioles emptied the bullpen in marathon extra-inning games down the stretch and promoted Bundy, who made two September appearances. He throws three different fastballs, a curveball and a changeup. During his September callup, his fastball averaged 94 mph, his changeup registered at 86 mph, but he did not throw much in the way of the curveball. Look for Bundy to start the season in Double-A, while a late-season promotion is possible if he continues to breeze through the minors.
Bundy is the newest addition to the organization as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft. He won High School Player of the Year honors from Gatorade and Baseball America after going 11-0 with a 0.25 ERA and 158:5 K:BB over 71 innings for his Oklahoma team. He owns a high-90s fastball and a big curveball and is already one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. The Orioles give him a 40-man roster spot upon signing in August, so Bundy could move through the system quickly despite being a high school product.
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Allows two homers in quality start
PBaltimore Orioles
September 29, 2018
Bundy allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over six innings in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Astros. He struck out seven but did not factor in the decision.
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Saddled with 16th loss
PBaltimore Orioles
September 24, 2018
Bundy (8-16) surrendered four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five over three innings and taking the loss Monday against Boston.
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Dealt 15th loss
PBaltimore Orioles
September 18, 2018
Bundy (8-15) gave up five runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out six in 6.2 innings Tuesday against the Blue Jays. He took the loss.
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Picks up win in quality start
PBaltimore Orioles
September 13, 2018
Bundy (8-14) earned the win in Thursday's 5-3 victory over the Athletics. He allowed two earned runs, six hits and no walks while striking out eight over six innings.
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Hit hard by Rays
PBaltimore Orioles
September 8, 2018
Bundy (7-14) took the loss Friday, coughing up six runs on four hits and five walks over four innings while striking out three as the Orioles were routed 14-2 by the Rays.
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