Orioles Pass On Rendon, Pick Bundy





BALTIMORE With the fourth pick in the 2011 draft, the Orioles selected a high school pitcher from Oklahoma. The first one who was originally linked to them.

Rather than throw the industry a curveball, the Orioles chose Dylan Bundy of Owasso (Okla.) High.

The most recent mock drafts had the Orioles selecting Archie Bradley of Broken Arrow (Okla.) High, but the Orioles went with Bundy, the pitcher they coveted the longest.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Bundy has a fastball that sits at 94-97 mph and touches 100, and a plus-cutter and curveball. He has a strong, athletic frame and a fluid delivery. And his makeup reportedly is off the charts—a nice added feature.

Bundy's brother, Bobby, pitches for high Class A Frederick after the Orioles chose him in the eighth round of the 2008 draft. Scouting director Joe Jordan lives in Oklahoma and has spent significant time with both pitchers. He is confident the team will be able to sign Bundy.

"We have work to do to get a contract negotiated and we understand that," Jordan said during a conference call with reporters shortly after the team selected Bundy. "But at the end of the day, this kid looked me right in the eye and he said, 'Joe I want to be drafted by the Orioles and I want pitch in the major league rotation with my brother.'

"And I really believe that is what he wants. We are going to pay him a lot of money. He's worth a lot of money. We'll get something done. But I believe the sincerity in that kid's face when he looked at me and told me that, he meant it. So I think we're in good shape."

The Orioles need position prospects, but they passed on Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon, who fell to the Nationals at No. 6 because of concerns about his shoulder.

Bundy went 11-0, 0.20 and one save in 71 innings, with just two earned runs and 20 hits allowed, five walks and 158 strikeouts. He's a dual threat who batted .467 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs in 105 at-bats.

"Barring injury, he will be on a good pace, an accelerated pace," Jordan said.

Bundy won two state championships at Class 3A Sperry High before transferring to Class 6A Owasso as a junior. He struck out 595 batters in his high school career. He also draws high marks for his conditioning, which includes weightlifting and a long-toss program.

The Orioles had to notice that Bundy wore burnt orange as his name was announced. He committed to Texas and donned the Longhorns logo at the draft, so negotiations should be interesting.

The Orioles also took a prep pitcher two years ago, choosing righthander Matt Hobgood of Norco (Calif.) High with the fifth-overall pick. Hobgood was also a decorated prep pitcher, but he hasn't pitched this year because of a strained rotator cuff.