Owasso (Okla.) High has a rich tradition in baseball with nine state titles under head coach Larry Turner and 11 in school history. The Rams are favorites for the 6-A title game every season and never go overlooked by opponents.
When a program like that then gets a transfer who is considered one of the best pitchers in the country, other 6-A coaches around the state probably mutter a few choice words under their breath. Dylan Bundy, a 2011 righthander, transferred from nearby Sperry (Okla.) High—a 3-A program. He's easily among the top prospects for 2011 overall and even could be argued to be among the top prospects for 2010. He has a very good fastball that has already been up to 95 mph this spring and a wipeout slider.
"My fastball is really working for me," Bundy said. "Last year I had a slower pace coming out of football and power lifting. I started throwing earlier this year."
Bundy said his fastball was 88-90 early last season and was up to 92 by the end. But the strength he added in the offseason and earlier start to throwing has allowed him already get up to 95 and consistently sit at 93.
Bundy decided this year not to play football and concentrate on baseball. He's narrowed his college interest to three schools: Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Texas.
The shift to tougher competition hasn't fazed Bundy one bit, not hard to imagine considering the talent he's faced on the showcase circuit. He's made two starts and the numbers resemble something out of RBI Baseball. His two starts have been complete games and he's 2-0, 2.00. He's walked just two batters. Of the 48 he's faced, 31 have been retired via strikeout. He recorded 18 in his first start and 13 in his latest. He's also hitting .650 with two home runs, 10 runs scored and eight RBIs. He plays third base until it's his turn to pitch. If he throws a lot of pitches in his start he'll DH the next time out to give his arm a rest.
Bundy's brother, Bobby, is a righthander in the Orioles system and has been passing on advice despite the outrageous numbers.
"He's mainly told me it's a big change from high school to pro ball," Bundy added. "You've gotta pitch and hit every spot. You can get away with it in high school. He's trying to perfect me so I can be one step ahead of those guys."
No-Nos Rolling In
Add Dillon Maples to the recent list of no-hitters tossed by top draft prospects. Maples is a righthander from Pinecrest High in Southern Pines, N.C. A feature about three righthanders in the state will be coming out soon and Maples will be included, so be on the lookout for that.
Maples' fastball ranges from 88-93 mph and comes out of his hand with ease. He flashes a good curveball and is in the midst of learning a changeup. His no-hitter came Monday night against Riverside High (Durham, N.C.). He struck out 10 and walked just one.
"Dill pitched a great game," head coach Jeff Hewitt said. "We feel like anytime we put him on the mound we can play with anybody."
In three appearances Maples is 2-0, 0.00 with 19 strikeouts, four walks and one hit allowed in 12 innings.
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