#3 Dylan Bundy
Previous Rank: N/A
Bundy is without a doubt the best prep pitcher to come along in a very long time, if ever. Based on a purely statistical measure, he is without equal, striking out more than two hitters per inning playing for a school that spent most of the year with the No. 1 national ranking. High school stats are next to meaningless…unless they are that astoundingly dominant. He naturally was awarded the Gatorade National Player of the Year award across all sports. The Orioles must have peed themselves when they saw him there at No. 4, and Bundy would not be at No. 4 in any of the last 10 drafts either, but the 2011 class was exceptional.
Bundy is the kind of arm that really makes you wonder how he can be just a teenager and without a day of collegiate experience. His mechanics are smooth and repeatable. His athleticism is through the roof. He trains extremely hard and has outstanding makeup, and we haven’t even begun to talk about his stuff.
Bundy features a mid- to high-90s fastball that has reached triple digits, a plus curveball with good shape and consistency, a cutter that routinely gets 70 grades, and a solid average changeup with a high likelihood of giving Bundy his fourth plus or better pitch down the road. We expect Bundy to start the year in Easy A and totally blow it away. The Orioles recently have been criticized harshly for rushing their young starters up too quickly without allowing them to refine mechanics and secondary stuff. Bundy, however, needs no refinement, so we expect him to spend three years at most in the farm. He very well could finish the 2012 season with a couple of appearances in Double-A if everything goes the way we think it can. Dylan Bundy has a chance to be the best pitcher alive for several years.