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Baseball Prospectus Top 101: Bundy #4, Gausman #13, Schoop #80


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You are correct -- I mistakenly looked at his soph. year stats from UCLA (second in list) instead of the minor league section of spread sheet. Apologies -- that's a bad mistake considering the topic.

Here's Bundy (HiA)/Cole (AA) correct this time

IP - 57/59

SO/9 - 10.42/9.15

BB/SO - 0.27/0.38

WHIP - 1.16/1.31

In case anyone else is wondering, Cole is 2 years and 2 months older than Bundy.

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In case anyone else is wondering, Cole is 2 years and 2 months older than Bundy.

Of the top pitching prospects (ages as of April 2013/highest level w/significant innings):

Cole (22y7m/Double-A) -- 1 start Triple-A

Wheeler (22y10m/Triple-A)

Walker (20y8m/Double-A)

Fernandez (20y8m/A-Advanced)

Bundy (20y5m/A-Advanced) -- 3 starts Double-A

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Of the top pitching prospects (ages as of April 2013/highest level w/significant innings):

Cole (22y7m/Double-A) -- 1 start Triple-A

Wheeler (22y10m/Triple-A)

Walker (20y8m/Double-A)

Fernandez (20y8m/A-Advanced)

Bundy (20y5m/A-Advanced) -- 3 starts Double-A

Good stuff. And, for what it's worth, I'm not at all caught up in the difference between 3 and 4, or really anything close to that. In fact, I may be less bullish on Bundy than most on this site. I won't complain if we have our own home-grown Roy Oswalt on our hands, as opposed to Tom Seaver or Roger Clemens. ;)

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On Mike Newman's most recent Fangraphs prospect chat, Newman was especially bullish on Bundy.

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What is your favorite comp for Dylan Bundy? Thanks!

Mike Newman: Superman? A Pitching Machine?

Wheeler next strasburg! pfft. Why not Dylan Bundy? Or is he more Verlander?

Mike Newman: Both Wheeler and Bundy are top guys. Having seen both Bundy and Wheeler at the same age and level, Bundy was eons ahead at the same stage of development. Wheeler will be a special one, but Bundy could be a level above special.

For perspective's sake:

When you say level above special, who are current "special ones" in your eyes?

Mike Newman: Guys like Kershaw and Verlander are in another stratosphere. Hamels and Gio would be the type of pitcher in that special category.

What role do you expect from Bundy this year? relief guy or above average starter?

Mike Newman: You have to remember his IP limit was 100 last season. It probably won't be more than 125 this season. That doesn't work in a MLB rotation for the entire season. I think prospect followers are really pushing his timetable right now without an understanding of his limitations.

I had thought it was somewhere around 140.

Also, somebody asked about Glynn Davis, and got this response:

I like Davis. His tools are impressive. The Orioles product is just really raw at this point. For 100K, Davis is a phenomenal find considering the number of million dollar players I scout who aren't as talented.

This was the last question of the 'chat' and it didn't disappoint:

You get to create a Franken-pitcher, a four-pitch monster who takes the best fastball, curveball, changeup, and other pitch from the minor leagues. Whose pitches do you choose?

Mike Newman: Seriously... Dylan Bundy is THE Franken-pitcher.

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