I took the trip down to Bowie for the first game of the Eastern League Playoffs. Unsurprisingly, Dylan Bundy was the game one starter. I was also able to catch Bundy in his first game at Bowie, which Jordan had a scouting report on.
He did not disappoint in my second go-around seeing him. Akron has a fairly decent lineup although not the strongest in the Eastern League. Lonnie Chisenhall is on a rehab assignment, and was easily the best bat in the lineup.
In typical fashion, Bundy pounded the lower portion of the zone the entire night. He works fast and it’s obvious he has a clear plan each time out. He threw 57 fastballs, 23 change ups, and 12 curve balls.
The fastball was in the 94-96 mph range for the first four innings, although he seemed to lose some steam in the latter end of the 5th and the 6th. He was more around 91-94 mph then. He located the fastball well for most of the night, although his lone run given up was off a first pitch fastball that Matt Lawson pounded on.
His change up was extremely impressive. It was mostly in the 87-90 mph range. He kept it low most of the night and at one point he registered seven out of eight change ups as strikes in the lower zone. He used this pitch more than the last time I saw him (23 compared to 13). A few in the latter innings got away from him, and one was hit to the warning track in dead-center. Overall, the pitch was on-point and worked effectively off his fastball.
The curve ball is clearly the pitch Dylan needs the most work on. He threw a few that were absolutely terrific. In the first inning he froze a batter for a called third strike. He also was able to make one batter chase a curve in the dirt. However, he hung a few that were either slapped for hits or luckily fouled off. Again, it’s still a very good pitch, but the one that needs the most work.
Overall, it is quite remarkable how good Bundy looks at such a young age in AA. He truly is one of the best pitchers I have ever seen in the minors, and it’s no secret that he is absurdly talented. Besides leaving a few pitches up in the zone, I really have nothing else to say about the outing. I’m excited to see him down the road in Baltimore.
1st Inning: 12 pitches, 9 fastball, 1 change up, 2 curve ball
2nd Inning: 19 pitches, 11 fastball. 3 change up, 4 curve ball
3rd Inning: 17 pitches, 8 fastball, 4 change up, 3 curve ball
4th Inning: 11 pitches, 6 fastball, 4 change up, 0 curve ball
5th Inning: 16 pitches, 10 fastball, 4 change up, 2 curve ball
6th Inning: 18 pitches, 10 fastball, 6 change up, 2 curve ball
Game Total: 93 pitches, 57 fastball, 23 change up, 13 curve ball