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Dylan Matthew Bundy

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Dylan Bundy was the first high schooler selected in the 2011 amateur draft. His brother Bobby Bundy has played in the minors.

Bundy had gone 11-1 with a save and a 1.58 ERA as a high school junior, striking out 164 and allowing 41 hits and 20 walks in 80 innings. He also hit .442 with a slugging percentage of .760 and 51 RBI in 129 at-bats. Baseball America named him as the second-team high school All-American utility man; Kaleb Cowart was chosen for the first team. As a senior, Dylan was better yet at 11-0 with 158 K to 5 walks in 71 innings. On the radar gun, he had peaked at 98 mph. The Baltimore Orioles took him with the fourth pick of the 2011 draft. He was the fourth straight pitcher chosen, following Gerrit Cole, Danny Hultzen and Trevor Bauer. Bundy's friend Archie Bradley was taken three picks later. However, Dylan did not pitch in the minor leagues that year after signing with scout Ernie Jacobs for a $4 million bonus.

In 2012, Bundy was invited to the Orioles' big league camp, even if he had no shot at making the team. He did impress everyone around, although he was one of the first players cut, even pitching a scoreless inning of relief against the Boston Red Sox in a Grapefruit League game. He was sent to the Class A Delmarva Shorebirds to begin his professional career, and was ranked the number 2 prospect in the Orioles' organization, behind Manny Machado, a commonly high Baseball America ranking for such a high pick.

Bundy made his pro debut April 6th against the Asheville Tourists and tossed three perfect innings, striking out six, in a dominant beginning to his career, before Miguel Chalas relieved. He was absolutely dominant over the season's first six weeks, not allowing a single earned run over his first 30 innings, allowing only 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 40. Because he was working on a very strict pitch count, he had to wait until his 8th start, on May 20th, to register his first professional win with five scoreless innings against the Hagerstown Suns. On May 23rd, the Orioles announced his promotion to the High-A Frederick Keys, where he was scheduled to make his next start on the 26th, having completed his stint in Low-A ball with a virgin ERA. He pitched for the USA in the 2012 Futures Game, then was promoted again on August 8th, this time heading to the AA Bowie BaySox, after going 5-3, 2.57, in 10 starts for Frederick. He was 2-0, 3.24 in 3 starts for Bowie, giving him a combined mark of 9-3, 2.08 in 23 starts in his first professional season. Then, on September 19th, he got an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night while staying at the Orioles' minor league training complex in Florida: the big league Orioles had just played an 18-inning marathon against the Seattle Mariners, depleting their bullpen, and asked Bundy to join them in Seattle, WA immediately, given he was already on the team's 40-man roster and available to pitch if needed. He made his debut against the Boston Red Sox on September 23rd, retiring both batters he faced in relief of Tommy Hunter in the 8th inning at Fenway Park. In all he pitched twice, giving up one hit and no runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Bundy was not expected to make the Orioles out of spring training in 2013, but it was clear the team was counting on him to join the big league squad at some point during the season, and for more than a mere token appearance this time. However, those plans were delayed when he experienced pain in his elbow in March, and the start of his season was pushed back. The Orioles' doctors decided to treat him with an injection of platelet-rich plasma and some rest, but he suffered what was described as a "significant setback" in his recovery while working out at the team's spring training complex in late June, a development that made it likely that he would require season-ending surgery. Indeed, the Orioles announced on June 27th that he would be undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Sources include 2011 Baseball Almanac

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