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Bundy Injury Might Turn Out Okay After A PRP Injection: The O’s May Callup Gausman Instead

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Saturday May 4, 2013

After being picked 4th overall in the 2011 draft, Bundy made his big league debut just over a year later. Even though most people thought it was too soon to call up the 19 year old RHP, he didn't disappoint in his 2 appearances. He only tossed 1.2 innings but did not allow any runs and only 1 hit and one walk.

After being picked 4th overall in the 2011 draft, Bundy made his big league debut just over a year later. Even though most people thought it was too soon to call up the 19 year old RHP, he didn’t disappoint in his 2 Appearances. He only tossed 1.2 Innings, but did not allow any runs – and only 1 hit and one walk.

By Kyle Holland (MLB Reports Writer):

In 2011 the Baltimore Orioles were lucky enough to have the 4th overall pick in the First Year Player Draft after finishing 66-96 in 2010. When their pick came three pitchers were off the board.

Gerrit Cole went to Pittsburgh, Danny Hultzen went to Seattle, and Trevor Bauer went to Arizona in that order. So, why not continue that trend of picking pitchers?

With the 4th pick in the 2011 draft the Orioles took the RHP Dylan Bundy from Owasso High School in Oklahoma.

Bundy had an impressive 4 years at Owasso High School. In his senior season alone he threw 71 Innings, went 11-1 – while tossing 158 Ks, only 5 Walks and posting a 0.30 ERA.

He won the Gatorade State Player of the Year 3 times and in his senior season became the first baseball player to win the Gatorade Athlete of the Year.

Dylan Bundy- 2010-11 Gatorade Player of the Year

Bundy was just straight filthy in High School. He became the first high school athlete in any sport to win the Gatorade State Player of the Year 3 times and he won the Gatorade Player of the Year, the first to accomplish this feat in baseball.

Bundy was just straight filthy in High School. He became the first high school athlete in any sport to win the Gatorade State Player of the Year 3 times  -and he won the Gatorade Player of the Year, the first to accomplish this feat in baseball.

The Orioles, for obvious reasons, have high hopes for Bundy. He is their top prospect and, according to MLB.com, the number 2 prospect in all of baseball.

Still, it surprised many when he was called up straight from class – AA last September right before the Post Season. He put up good numbers in the Minors but he was only 19 years old so it didn’t seem to make too much sense to rush him. 

Nonetheless he was on the big league squad but did not make the Post Season Roster for the birds.

Fast forward to Spring Training 2013. The Orioles’ top prospect fared well for himself throwing 8 Innings. His ERA stood at 1.13 – and he picked up 5 Ks along the way.

Things have started to get a little scary for the Orioles and Bundy since then. They recently had to place him on the Minor League Disabled List after he complained of discomfort in his right elbow.

This could’ve been incredibly bad for the Orioles. Having one of the best prospects in the MLB on the DL because of elbow problems is certainly not encouraging. Lucky for the big team, and for Bundy, it is not anything too serious.

This young hurler from Oklahoma was originally told he could keep throwing, and that the Orioles should take it easy because him down for a while is the last thing that organization wants.

But just this last week Dr. James Andrews informed him he would be on the shelf for about 6 weeks.

Bundy could possibly become the next best starter for the Orioles. If a major injury set him down for too long it could have some serious after effects to the O's so not resting him for now is definitely in the team's best interest.

Bundy could possibly become the next best starter for the Orioles. If a major injury set him down for too long it could have some serious after effects to the O’s – so  resting him for now is definitely in the team’s best interest.

Luckily, Bundy was able to avoid surgery. What Dr. James Andrews did instead was place a PRP, a platelet-rich plasma injection into him. Still, this is going to keep him resting with no throwing activity for 6 weeks.

According to multiple MRIs, there is no structural damage in Bundy’s elbow, the reason he did not need surgery. The forearm is the primary section where the discomfort is thought to be.

Even though it turned out not to be surgery and had the PRP injection, the Orioles still have some reason to worry.

The last pitchers to receive this injection was Jesse Litsch, former pitcher for the Blue Jays in the AL – and Chad Billingsley in the NL (the latter is now set to be out the rest of the year with Tommy John Surgery

Litsch suffered an infection last year and has yet to pitch in the MLB since this. If the same happened to Bundy it could significantly drop his overpowering velocity, which has been clocked as high as 100 MPH.

The Orioles cannot afford this to happen as they see big things for the 20 year old’s future.

The O’s expect Bundy to be a front of the Rotation Starter. He has an excellent pitching repertoire including 3 types of fastballs and 2 off-speed pitches. Bundy’s best pitch is easily his four-seem.

It generally sits in the 94 – 96 MPH range and can touch 100. Coming in behind the four-seem is his cutter, which ranges from 88 – 94 MPH. His cutter is used mostly against Left Handers due to its late break onto the inner half of the zone.

Although his changeup is solid, his curveball is the better off-speed pitch. It has some very impressive late movement on it and sits between 75 – 82 MPH.

So clearly any huge injury to their top prospect would be a huge blow to the Orioles future plans. They would need to start from stage one in order to build him up to be the stud they expect.

They are quite lucky that Bundy’s injury isn’t anything too serious and he should be up and throwing Bullpens again by the time the All-Star break comes around.

The Orioles still might even have a chance to see the man back in the big leagues at some point to help them in a playoff drive.  Either way, the club should still seek another Starter for the staff – as to not put any undue pressure on the kid.

The Baltimore management had slated Bundy to be called up – when his service clock time wouldn’t cause problems with his Arbitration and Free Agency in the future.  

The team may callup Kevin Gausman instead.  He is 1 – 3 with a 3.77 ERA for the Bowie Baysox this season – and is ranked #37 by Baseball America.  The 22 Year Old was drafted 4th overall in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft.

The organization used a plethora of Starting Pitchers last year – and are still looking for guys with dominant stuff to start, so if Bundy can’t pitch in 2013 for the franchise, at least they have an alternative with Gausman.

Baltimore would be in some serious trouble if a pitcher like Bundy got badly injured. They're lucky that there was no sign of structural damage in his elbow and the thought is that it is in his forearm that the discomfort is coming from. Anything wrong with the elbow could need some serious recover time so the fact it isn't anything too serious is a huge break for the Orioles.

Baltimore would be in some serious trouble if a pitcher like Bundy got badly injured. They’re lucky that there was no sign of structural damage in his elbow – and the thought is that it is in his forearm that the discomfort is coming from. Anything wrong with the elbow could need some serious recover time so the fact it isn’t anything too serious is a huge break for the Orioles.

 ***The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our MLB Reports Writer Kyle Holland for preparing today’s featured article.  Kyle is a life long baseball fan outside of Boston. He is a sophomore in high school has played baseball since he was 5.

Although growing up in one of the best baseball towns in the Major Leagues, he has been a Giants fan since 2009. He credits his aunt with the Giants being his favorite team as she lives in San Francisco.

Some of his favorite players include Buster PoseyStephen DrewTrevor BauerStephen Strasburg, and Minor Leaguer Danny Hultzen.  You can find Kyle on Twitter 

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