clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Dylan Bundy continues impressive spring

+ other news and notes

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Nine years ago, Dylan Bundy was selected by the Orioles with the No. 4 pick in the MLB Draft. To say he’s failed to live up to expectations is definitely an understatement.

He made his major-league debut in 2012, but after two games, didn’t crack the big-league roster again until 2016. Over the last four seasons, Bundy has consistently been one of the worst starters across the majors. He’s gone 38-45 with a 4.69 ERA, while having a 1.33 WHIP, 97 ERA+ and 4.75 FIP.

This offseason, he was traded from Baltimore to the Angels. By no stretch were the Angels expecting him to come in and cement himself as an ace. To be honest, I don’t think anyone was. Though there’s still a lot of baseball to be played, Bundy has impressed this spring, and been arguably the best pitcher on the Angels’ staff.

On Tuesday he threw four innings, allowing two runs while striking out five. Through his first four starts this spring, he’s allowed only two runs in 11 13 innings. He has 16 strikeouts, compared to only one walk.

Yes, it’s the spring, and these numbers don’t mean anything for the regular season, but seeing Bundy succeed early on has to be a really positive sign for the Angels.


  • Ty Buttrey made his spring debut yesterday. He threw one scoreless inning, allowing two hits. His fastball was sitting at 96mph, but touched 98mph. Buttrey appeared in 72 games last season with the Angels. Only six pitchers in the American League appeared in more. He went 6-7 with a 3.98 ERA. Buttery struck out 84 72 13 innings.

He said he was happy with the two changeups he threw. He’s trying to improve the changeup this year, to add to his fastball and slider.