Are the Orioles trying to break Dylan Bundy?
Baltimore’s “ace” threw 121 pitches in a complete game win over the White Sox on Thursday afternoon.
Dylan Bundy was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. He was such a talent that the Orioles placed him on the 40-man roster as an 18-year-old.
Bundy plowed through the minors and made his big league debut on September 19, 2012 on a team that was headed back to the playoffs for the first time since 1997. After that, things went downhill.
On June 27, 2013, Bundy had Tommy John surgery.
On July 29, 2015, Bundy was experiencing shoulder issues, so he was put back on the DL.
Since then, things have started to look up. He has not had any major injuries and has become a fixture in Baltimore’s rotation since mid-2016. At times, Bundy has looked dominant yet inconsistent. Whatever the case, the 25-year-old is healthy and pitching (for the most part) pretty well.
This Orioles team is awful. They may lose 100 games. There is no earthly reason why Dylan Bundy should be throwing 121 pitches in a game in mid-May for a team so far away from playoff consideration.
There aren’t many players in the Birds organization that will be around the next time they have a good team. Bundy is one of them. Take of this arm, Orioles.