Prior to 2013, Dylan Bundy was a consensus top 5 overall prospect in baseball, with two major outlets ranking him #2 overall. His upside was enough to make a fantasy owner salivate. Check out what Baseball Prospectus wrote about him in 2013:
Strengths: Elite combination of stuff and pitchability; plus-plus arm strength; excellent arm action; excellent delivery; from high ¾ slot, creates good plane; fastball is near elite pitch; works 94-98; explosive life; very easy; curveball has intense late bite/tight rotation; 12/6 shape; plus pitch; changeup comes from fastball arm; good deception; future plus pitch; best secondary pitch not used in minors; 8 potential cutter; devastating pitch; velo/late glove-side cut; feel for pitching; dangerous power arm.
BP concluded that Bundy possessed #1 starter upside. Injuries have set him back and faded his stock in recent years, but there is a lot to like about what he's shown as a starter so far in 2016.
Bundy flashed his brilliant potential in Tuesday's start against a loaded Rangers lineup. He threw 7 innings of efficient ball, allowing only two baserunners while striking out 7 on 88 pitches. The stuff that made Bundy a top prospect is largely there; he's sitting 93-97 with his fastball as a starter, with it averaging an even 94.0 mph, well above the MLB average of 92 mph on fastballs for SP. In his last 3 starts in the Orioles rotation, Bundy has a 1.53 ERA and 2.68 FIP, with a 32% strikeout rate and 3% walk rate. He has a swinging strike rate of 12.5% in those starts, well above the MLB average of 9.4% for starting pitchers.
He is also yet to throw his cutter, which is his best pitch. Bundy said that he has avoided throwing the cutter by design in an effort to keep his arm healthier but may start throwing it again as he builds his innings and arm strength up. Adding a potential 80 grade pitch to his already strong arsenal sounds like an exciting future development.
As of Wednesday night, Bundy is available in about 70% of Yahoo leagues, so there's a fair chance he's still available in yours. He has also secured relief pitcher eligibility for next season, adding some extra flexibility in keeper leagues. The downside is that he is an injury risk, but there's an awful lot to like right now, and he should be owned in all formats.