Here at Baltimore Sports Blitz, it’s all Bundy, all the time. Well, at least for the rest of the week. But I’m sure you don’t mind me passing along more information on Orioles first-round draft pick Dylan Bundy, a high school pitcher out of Oklahoma that ESPN’s Buster Olney believes was the best prospect in the 2011 draft.
“In the eyes of a lot of the scouting directors and general managers around baseball, the best player in the draft was Dylan Bundy,” Olney said in an appearance on “The Scott Van Pelt Show” on Wednesday.
“I had one general manager actually say to me that Dylan Bundy, in his eyes, is the best pitching prospect that he has ever seen,” Olney said. “And this is not a hyperbole scout. This is someone who three years ago told me that [Nationals pitcher Stephen] Strasburg was the best prospect that he had ever seen. He said, 'Look, to see a kid this young, this refined who throws that hard is incredibly impressive.'"
Olney said the knock on Bundy is that he is six-foot-1, which might be why he was still on the board when the Orioles made the fourth pick in the draft. According to Olney, Bundy, who said Wednesday that he wants to plunk Nationals prospect Bryce Harper, was the top prospect on a number of draft boards.
“So if you are a fan of the Baltimore Orioles, you can look at the possibility that within three years, they’ll have a rotation of Brian Matusz and Zach Britton and Dylan Bundy,” Olney said.
“And that’s pretty impressive.”
Go ahead and dream, Orioles fans, and feel free to project your 2014 Orioles rotation in the comments section below.