In our second draft spotlight installment, we are looking at Oklahoma high school phenom Dylan Bundy
Connolly's take: If I were a betting man, my money would be on the Orioles selecting Bundy with the fourth pick in Monday's draft.
Two reasons: 1. He arguably has the highest upside of any pitcher in this year's draft, and the Orioles are trying to build with pitching. 2. The other top-tier pitchers the Orioles covet likely will be gone by No. 4.
If the Orioles don't land Bundy, it's because one of the teams above them take him or those three allow Virginia's Danny Hultzen to slip.
I have no access to the Orioles' draft board and the organization protects that information as if it were a matter of international security. But Hultzen is exactly what the Orioles are looking for: A polished college lefty who could pitch in the majors soon. And the bonus is that he is a local product; he's from Bethesda.
That said, Orioles' amateur scouting director Joe Jordan, an Oklahoman, has been watching Bundy for years. He already drafted his brother, Bobby, and therefore has had previous negotiations with the Bundys' representatives.
If Hultzen goes in the top three – it's hard to see the Arizona Diamondbacks, who drafted him in the 10th round in 2008, passing on Hultzen – and if UCLA's Gerrit Cole is also off the board, it would be an upset if the Orioles didn't take Bundy.
One note of caution before you buy your custom-made Bundy Orioles jersey: Bundy's stock is so high right now, it wouldn't be a shock if he went in the Top Three.
Name: Dylan Bundy
Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 205
School/Class: Owasso (Okla.) High/senior
Hometown: Sperry, Oklahoma
Position: Right-handed pitcher
2011 stats: 11-0, 1 save, 0.20 ERA, 71 IP, 20 H, 2 ER, 5 BBs, 158 Ks; also hit .467 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs in 105 at-bats.
Skinny: Has a high 90s fastball that reportedly reached 100 mph this spring. Also features a hard cut-fastball, sharp curve and a developing changeup. … Likely will be top high school player taken Monday. … Was named 2011 Gatorade's National Player of the Year. ... Bundy excelled as an infielder and had two homers in the state semi-finals. … Highly conditioned, has a specific training regimen that includes weightlifting and long toss that he expects to maintain as a pro. … Owasso lost Oklahoma's Class 6A championship to Broken Arrow, which was led by likely first-rounder Archie Bradley. … Won two state titles at Class 3A Sperry before transferring as a junior. … Struck out 595 batters and had an ERA under 1.00 in high school career. …. Has committed to the University of Texas. … Older brother Bobby was Orioles' eighth-rounder in 2008 and pitches for Class A Frederick.
The quote: "It was always a competition growing up. People would kid with us, 'Who can beat up who?' or 'Who can throw harder?' It was something special growing up. We have a really good relationship. You couldn't ask for a better brother. He's everything and more. He's very mature for his age."
Bobby Bundy, Frederick Keys pitcher and Dylan's older brother