Scouting Grades* (present/future): Fastball: 7/8 | Curveball: 5/6 | Changeup: 6/7 | Control: 5/6 | Overall: 6/7
It’s not often that a pitcher makes it to the big leagues in his first full season as a professional. It’s even less common when one taken out of high school does it, but that’s exactly what Bundy accomplished in 2012. The Oklahoma prep product started the year in the South Atlantic League and finished it in Baltimore. Along the way, he showed an ability to throw several pitches for strikes. His Fastball is easily plus, thrown up to 98 mph, and he maintains velocity deep into his starts with a clean and easy delivery. His curve should be at least above-average in the future, though he’s still learning to throw it consistently. He has good arm speed on his changeup, which should be another above-average or better pitch. He looks every bit the top of the rotation starter the Orioles hoped they were getting when they gave him a Major League contract.
Kevin Gausman is ranked 37th.
Scouting Grades* (present/future): Fastball: 7/7 | Curveball: 4/5 | Changeup: 6/7 | Control: 4/5 | Overall: 5/6
What a difference two years can make. Coming out of high school, Gausman was a highly thought of pitcher with a ton of arm strength, but little else. After two seasons at LSU, he emerged as the top college arm taken in the 2012 Draft. He still has the power, his fastball is an easy plus pitch, but he’s learned a lot more about his overall craft. He backs up his heater with another plus pitch, a changeup, which fades and sinks. His breaking stuff has always lagged behind a bit as he toyed with both a curve and slider in college, with the latter likely being the better option going forward. Improving that, along with his overall command, are all he needs to be a frontline starter in the big leagues in the near future.
Schoop didn't make the list and Machado isn't eligible anymore.