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June 23, 2014

Monday Morning Ten Pack

June 23, 2014

by BP Prospect Staff


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Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles (SS-A Aberdeen)
Bundy is an interesting case, as he has already reached the majors. Very rarely do you see a player with the current floor and polish of Bundy in the NYPL. The Orioles are taking their time with Bundy's recovery from Tommy John. In his first two starts for Aberdeen, Bundy has gone five innings in each while striking out 15 batters total. The most important aspect of his rehab has been the return of his velocity. He is currently sitting 91-93 and touching 94 at times. Although he has not fully returned to his true peak in terms of velocity, Bundy is certainly on a faster track than the Orioles likely anticipated. The secondary arsenal is not quite there yet, and the command in general is still a work in progress. While we cannot look at the numbers as particularly relevant, given the level of opponent in short-season ball, we can at least take note that he is back and throwing well. The Orioles could certainly use a pitcher of his ability down the stretch. –Tucker Blair

Joe Gunkel, RHP, Red Sox (High-A Salem)
I caught Gunkel's start the other week when I visited Hagerstown to watch Lucas Giolito. The Nationals starter stole the show, but Gunkel walked away with the victory and the better stat line. While he does nothing great, Gunkel has solid command of his fastball. His arm slot is nearly sidearmed, which helps to play up the fringe-average 89-92 mph fastball. The Hagerstown lineup generally struggled to pick up the fastball out of his hand, and he was able to work his fringe changeup and slider when needed. He was quietly strong in this outing, and the Sox promoted him to Salem shortly after. There is not much growth left in terms of frame or overall skill set, and he won’t be making any prospect lists anytime soon, but he could be a role 4 middle reliever in the bigs at some point. –Tucker Blair

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