SARASOTA, Fla. – This is the season after for Dylan Bundy. A year ago, Bundy was a novelty. He hadn’t pitched in the minor leagues after signing late in 2011.
Bundy didn’t disappoint in Delmarva, Frederick or Bowie and made two brief appearances with the Orioles.
“I’m a little more comfortable. I actually know these guys this year. Knowing some faces always helps,” Bundy said.
At 20, Bundy isn’t mentoring last year’s No. 1 pick, Kevin Gausman, even if he’s older than the donut-loving right-hander.
“I’m not doing any mentoring,” Bundy said. “They’re pretty nice with him. They play a couple of pranks on him. They’ve played some pranks on me.”
After last season, Bundy tried to make it a normal one, even if he was a 19-year-old major league prospect. He worked out five days a week, began throwing in late December and snuck in some hunting.
What’s he working on this season?
“Consistency of my off-speed pitches. That’s what I worked on this winter and being more around the plate. They won’t swing at balls off the plate sometimes early in the count,” Bundy said.
There’s probably not a great chance for Bundy to start the season with the Orioles. That doesn’t deter him.
“I’ll be disappointed. There’s not a pitcher here that wouldn’t be disappointed. That will drive me more to succeed in the minor leagues,” Bundy said.
“I want to get up there as quick as I can. I have the stuff to be there. Now, I just have to prove it in the minor leagues.”