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#14 Prospect - Bobby Bundy


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All signs point to Bundy as a steal for this organization. Kudos to JJ for getting him here. Bobby should shine in '09, especially anticipating his full recovery, his physical frame, hard-nosed demeanor and major upside... the kid could be special. That's why he gets ranked over others.

Again, these are just rankings, not attacks on player's skill-sets. Too many here take these rankings to heart... regardless, we all are passionate about these youngsters and we look forward to their progression to the big leagues.

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Does anyone know where he'll start next year. My guess would be Delmarva, but I have nothing really to base this on.

It's really hard to say because we don't have a lot of performance data on him yet. I haven't taken a hard look at where guys should go to start 2009 yet, but I do know there's not a ton of starting prospects scheduled for Delmarva so starting him there as 19-year is not out of the question if he can show he's ready in spring training.

That said, it would not surprise me to see him start at Aberdeen much like Zach Britton did.

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He was throwing 91-94 after the brace came off and was sitting 91-93 in the GCL league. That 88-90 number was just show why he dropped a little as well as signability. The Orioles also had him in a pre draft workout and saw the velocity as well as his curve and change were back. As for the knee brace, he was wearing that because he had ACL surgery in December before his Senior year. As someone who had ACL surgery in May, I can't imagine pitching on it just four months later so I can understand why some thought he rushed back and his stuff wasn't as good. It was a great job by the Orioles to stay on him and once the brace came off they saw that his stuff, which was once considered 1st round talent, was back.

The one thing I remember when talking with Joe Jordan a few days after his draft was him telling me he was "going to sign" Bundy no matter what. He really likes the kid's make up as well is his pitchability and he was an absolute priority sign.

Obviously he has a long way to go, but considering his upside, I like him at this juncture.

Now, I'm with you. Good pick. :)

And he did put up some sick numbers even when hindered by the brace. I'm fully converted.

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If Bundy is healthy, I would expect him at DelMarva.

Bundy could earn a rotation spot in ST or work out of the bullpen initially and then move to a starter's role when a spot opens up.

This might be a dumb question but... what difference does it make if there's a spot open? If he's this good a prospect, they put him in the rotation - and move someone else out - unless there's something wrong with him.

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I hope he's at Delmarva. I think all of the players the team really has hopes for should be put on full-season teams rather than short season---unless there is a specific thing like injury rehab or working on a particular part of their game in instructional league. Hoes and Bundy I think could handle it; Avery would be in trouble (but in my personal opinion, I think he'd be in trouble anywhere). I'd rather have these guys get two months of competition than wait for Aberdeen, and I don't think anyone really good should be starting a second season at Bluefield.

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