For the third consecutive year, the Orioles selected a high schooler with their first pick in MLB’s amateur draft. This year, it was right-handed pitcher Dylan Bundy of Owasso High in Oklahoma. The 18-year-old allowed 20 hits and two earned runs in 71 innings during his senior season and struck out 158 batters.
The Orioles will have to shell out some serious cash if they want to sign Bundy, whose brother, Bobby, was the team's eighth-round pick in 2008 and has been pitching well at High-A Frederick this spring.
“At the end of the day, this kid looked me right in the eye and he said, ‘Joe, I want to be drafted by the Orioles and I want pitch in the major league rotation with my brother.' And I really believe that is what he wants,” Orioles amateur scouting director Joe Jordan said Monday night. “We are going to pay him a lot of money. He’s worth a lot of money. We’ll get something done. But I believe the sincerity in that kid’s face when he looked at me and told me that, he meant it. So I think we’re in good shape.”
If the Orioles are able to sign Bundy, Jordan said the powerful 6-foot-1, 200-pound prospect will be on an “accelerated pace” to Camden Yards. But realistically, Bundy is at least two years from making his major-league debut, meaning he can’t help the Orioles compete for a playoff spot any time soon. It also means antsy fans will have to wait a long while to see Bundy pitch in person.
I’m sure some of you hoped the Orioles would take a more polished college prospect such as Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon or Texas right-hander Taylor Jungmann. After all, “patience” can be a dirty word around here after 13 straight losing seasons, and there are no reinforcements on the way from Triple-A Norfolk -- at least prospects we haven’t seen in Baltimore before -- to keep the Orioles from making it 14 this summer. Will Buck Showalter and Andy MacPhail still be here when Bundy arrives?
Your turn: What do you think of the Bundy pick? Do you think he will be worth the wait (and the money), or did you want the Orioles to draft a more pro-ready prospect with the fourth pick on Monday?