2. Dylan Bundy, SP, Baltimore Orioles
It's a testament to Bundy's abilities that he's only 20 years old and is this high on the list. Baltimore took him with the fourth overall pick of 2011's draft out of Owasso High School in Oklahoma. He made brief stops at three rungs of the minor league ladder last year, going 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA and 119 K's in 103 2/3 innings and making his major league debut at just 19 years old.
Bundy is far and away the most impressive up-and-coming pitching prospect in the game. His all-around upside, ability to dominate and strikeout numbers are through the roof. The sky is the limit with this 6-foot-1, 195-pound righty. Bundy has three plus pitches - fastball, curveball and changeup - that all generate plenty of empty hacks and are ready to get major league hitters out now. His effortless and easy delivery is a thing of beauty. The only possible knock on Bundy may be the team's desire to limit the wear and tear on his arm at such a young age.
Bundy was optioned to Double-A Bowie after allowing one earned run in eight spring innings. This is merely a formality; Bundy will likely be up later this year for good. He walked six batters in spring training and showed some frustration with his lack of command, so he has some minor fine-tuning to do. However, he's advanced beyond his years and will be a major contributor once he's a lock in the Orioles' rotation. Bundy projects to be a major league ace who will also contribute ace-like strikeout numbers for fantasy baseball rotations.
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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