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Player Profile: Dylan Bundy, SP, Baltimore Orioles

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After suffering multiple injuries, Bundy emerged as the Orioles’ ace last season. Can he build on his 2017 campaign and become a top 30 starting pitcher?

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Baltimore Orioles Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

Stats

Year Team IP ERA FIP WHIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 GB/FB Hard%
Year Team IP ERA FIP WHIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 GB/FB Hard%
2016 Orioles 109.2 4.02 4.70 1.38 8.53 3.45 1.48 0.85 28.0%
2017 Orioles 169.2 4.24 4.38 1.20 8.06 2.71 1.38 0.70 36.5%

Bundy is one of the only positives in a Orioles’ rotation that seemed to just fall apart last season. Their starting rotation posted a horrendous 1.52 WHIP and 5.70 ERA, making Bundy’s 4.24 ERA look almost ace-like.

Bundy has the potential to become a pitcher who can posted a low WHIP and a high strikeout rate. His 2.71 BB/9 and 11.4 swinging strike rate are the two driving factors behind this assumption. The one problem I see with his game is the fact that players are hitting a lot more home runs off him. Last season he posted a 47.2 fly ball rate and a 36.5 hard contact percentage, which is why opposing batters were averaging 1.38 home runs per nine last season. His xFIP was a below average 4.77, which was also due to his high fly ball rate. I will probably be wary of Bundy going into 2018 drafts, but if he is around in the mid to later rounds of the draft I will not be opposed to taking a chance on the 25 year old due to his immense upside.