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Dylan Bundy...He's not bad.


I was in attendance for Saturday's Frederick Keys vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (KC High-A affiliate) game. Dylan Bundy pitched for the Keys. Here's what occured....

First, some perspective. The Wilmington Blue Rocks are not a particularly threatening offensive ballclub. As a team they sport a .236/.302/.333 triple slash line. That's best described as...putrid, or perhaps Izturisian. The team ranks 8th out of 8 Carolina League teams in runs scored, on base percentage, and OPS, as well as 7/8 in hits, home runs, total bases, batting average, and slugging percentage. So, one should expect a player of Bundy's ability to handle such opponents rather handily.

The 1st inning went as you should expect. 1-2-3, quick, clean, and easy. The first batter hit an 0-1 pitch to medium depth center field, where it was caught for the first out. The second batter would K without putting up much of a fight, and the third batter would pop out to 1st.

The 2nd inning began with Bundy facing one of the Blue Rocks better prospects, OF Brett Eibner. Bundy had some trouble commanding his fastball here. The fourth pitch (called strike) showed 96 on the radar gun of the scout sitting in front of me.

Dylan Bundy pitching to Brett Eibner (via Matt Shaffner)

It would be a temporary blip though, as Bundy would regroup and go on to strike out the next three batters to end the inning. He pumped his fastball up to 97 mph a couple of times, struck out the final two batters with 94 mph fastballs up near their eys, and broke off a couple of 77 mph curves. Here is video of him striking out Jose Bonilla, the second batter of the inning.

Dylan Bundy pitches to Jose Bonilla (via Matt Shaffner)

The 3rd inning began as the 2nd ended, with Bundy striking out another Blue Rock; his fourth consecutive K. Bundy started off with two fastballs, 95 mph and 96 mph respectively, and then went with two curves; the second of which froze the batter, Juan Graterol. Bundy would start the next batter, Alex McClure, off with another curve which would miss high. McClure would manage to get around on a 96 mph fastball and hit it right back over the mound. That was the best struck ball of the day off Bundy. Bundy continued to mix in his fastball and curve along with showing a couple of 88 mph change ups to the last batter. The inning would end with back-to-back groundouts.

Dylan Bundy vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (via Matt Shaffner)

Dylan Bundy vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (via Matt Shaffner)

Tired of letting the hitters make weak contact off him, Bundy decided to get back to dominating in the 4th. He put the first batter away on four pitches. The final one being a nasty swing and miss curveball. The second batter fared no better. He dug himself an 0-2 hole after two meek swings. Bundy decided to toy with him a bit by attempting to expand the zone vertically. One fastball missed just low and another missed high. But the 5th pitch of the at bat was in the zone and the batter flailed helplessly. Bundy continued to work on his command vs. the third batter, missing low and away, and then low and inside, to start 2-0. The third pitch was a swing and miss fastball. The fourth pitch would end up in the glove of the shortstop after a short pop up.

In the 5th inning Bundy's defense, particularly that of the shortstop Michael Rooney, would let him down. On an 0-2 pitch the batter would hit a routine grounder to short. Routine....until Rooney just fell down, right on his kiester. Just, plop. Safe at 1st to lead off the inning. Was ruled a hit, but should have been ruled an error in my estimation. The next batter would sacrifice, and Bundy would make a nice athletic play to field the ball off the 3rd base side of the mound and fire a strike to the 1st baseman. Man on 2nd, 1 down. Bundy would start the next hitter off with a nicely commanded low and away fastball, followed by a pitch in the dirt. With the count 1-1 the hitter managed to make contact and bounce the ball back up the middle, just to the shortstop side of the mound. Rooney would range over a few steps, stretch out his glove to field the ball, and have the ball bounce off his glove and trickle behind the 2nd base bag. Not an exceptionally tough play. Was ruled a hit, but could have easily been ruled an error. Runners on 1st and 3rd now, 1 down. The next batter would also sacrifice, laying a nice bunt down the 1st base line. Bundy would field this one as well, but the runner on 3rd would score. Runner on 2nd, 1 run in, 2 down. The final batter would foul a few pitches off before grounding out to the 2nd baseman; 4-3 putout. Inning over.

That would be it for Dylan on the day. So, to recap, it took two misplayed grounders and two well executed sacrifice bunts in order to squeeze a run out of Bundy. His final line: 5IP, 3H, 1BB, 1ER, 7Ks. He threw approximately 60-65 pitches, mostly fastballs and curves, with a few change ups mixed in. Fastball velocity sat 95-96, touched 97. Only one ball left the infield in the air, the flyout by the lead off batter in the 1st inning. He may have taken his first career loss, but he pitched a very fine game. I was quite impressed.

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