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  1. Law had Bundy behind Machado to start the year too (he's conservative about guys who haven't yet played pro ball). Also Machado is a really, really good prospect
  2. All innings are 3 outs, now of course some can take more or fewer pitches. But that would argue for pitch count being what should be limited rather than innings. Unless you're arguing that Bundy is more likely to overthrow at a higher level, but that's something he has to learn not to do, so putting him at to low a level once again doesn't solve that. There is no evidence to suggest that an inning the majors is more likely to cause an injury than an inning in LowA, nor does it make logical sense - sorry but your body doesn't know what level you're at. How would you define workload?
  3. Workload should determine how many innings he pitches, not where he starts. In fact one could easily argue that if you're going to pitch fewer innings it's more important that those innings come at an appropriate developmental level. As a more advanced arm than Barnes etc he probably could have handled double-A. I don't think starting him at high-A would have been a big deal, starting him at low-A was farcical.
  4. Dylan Bundy isn't Shelby Miller. Age matters but at the end of the day it's just a number and you have to treat people and starting pitching prospects as individuals. Every scout when Bundy was coming out of HS said he was more comparable to an elite college arm. Elite college arms tend to start at double - A, HiA at worst. They don't get left in LowA for two months.
  5. In the ESPN article Bundy said he had been told to shelve his cutter for the year in order to concentrate on the development of other pitches. This isn't that unusual for a top high prospect. Most scouts think that the cutter is perhaps his best pitch, certainly his best "off-speed" offering.
  6. If a player can't catch up to a good fastball, you're helping them by throwing a pitch (change - up) that they have the bat speed to hit. That's why most top HS pitchers don't have practiced change-ups.
  7. I'm going to guess he's also slightly bored. (note this isn't that he's not working hard, or questioning his mental make-up etc, it's just a natural reality if you're not being challenged)
  8. Durability is a massive risk with pitchers period, prep and college. But 6ft isn't small, especially historically and plenty of pitchers who are 6"4 break down. I think we spend way to much time worrying about 6ft vs 6"4
  9. Shrug, I think maybe ideally you'd like a pitcher to be 6"4ish, but that we make to much of height. Through history there have been many great pitchers at Bundy's size. As long as he can get a good plane on his pitches (and from all scouting reports he does), I don't think it's much of an issue. He's not 5'8. To me stuff, repeatability of delivery, command and control all, are the real issues.
  10. Roy you should check out Bryce Harper's minor league line. You'd probably consider it distinctively unimpressive. His OBP and SLG and OPS are all very impressive for a 19yo in Double A.
  11. Yes, he has an innings limit, hence I would prefer he gets more of those innings at a level where he will be challenged. Let me put it another way, the more innings he throws at Delmarva, the fewer he'll throw at Bowie (and Frederick). The reality is, according to most scouts, he's not going to face hitters who can consistently challenge him until he gets to Bowie. And since the Orioles seem hell bent on sending him to Frederick (bc clearly 3 teams in 3 cities is a great call for a kid settling into the pro game), I'd prefer he get there sooner rather than later, so that he gets to his appropriate level sooner rather than later. Is this going to ruin him? No. Will this probably be a moot point by next year? Yes. But that doesn't mean it's a good call now.
  12. Excuse me while I go slam my head against a wall. A refusal to alter or have flexibility in plans when a prospect clearly and completely shows you that he's to good for a level isn't something to be praised. What Bundy needs to learn in the Minor's is how to set up hitters, work through a line-up, and deal with people who can hit him. Right now he can spin his change-up up there, and it's generally not going to get punished, even if it's not good. That's fine for a few starts, but he's had 13 innings of it, he doesn't need another 23.
  13. Yeah that line was ore at the poster who feels he'll have Tommy John surgery if he progresses to fast. The level itself has nothing to do with injury it's how he is used at that level.
  14. Personally speaking, for any prospects development I think they need to be challenged, and mistakes exposed. For Bundy that means being at a level where when he makes mistakes the batters are good enough to routinely punish him, make him think about how to set them up etc. Most observers seem to think that with his stuff and command that won't happen till Double-A. Therefore, for him to spend roughly half his innings below that level this year seems to be a waste. Then again I'm not a fan of making a prospect move to three different places in his first year in the minor's in order to keep your affiliates happy (rather then for developmental reasons). And while pushing him to throw to many innings may be detrimental to his health, pitching at a higher level doesn't really have any impact on how physically stressful throwing a pitch is to your arm (as long as you make sure he doesn't start trying to overthrow if he struggles (but that's something he'll have to learn).
  15. A team with a 5 man rotation will (usually) have more bullpen arms available than a team with a 6 man rotation, so I'm not sure how that logic makes sense. Unless Delmarva is carrying extra pitchers
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