The Orioles have traded right-handed pitcher Dylan Bundy to the Los Angeles Angels. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report the trade.
The Orioles are receiving minor-league right-handers Isaac Mattson, Zach Peek, Kyle Bradish and Kyle Brnovich.
Bundy, who turned 27 in November, was drafted by Baltimore with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. Bundy went 38-45 with a 4.67 ERA in five seasons with the Orioles and was a regular presence in the rotation from 2016-2019. He went 7-14 with a 4.79 ERA in 161.2 innings in 2019.
Bundy pitched 612.2 innings for the Orioles from 2016-2019. He struck out 8.8 hitters per nine innings as an Oriole, using a quality slider to miss bats in recent years. However, he had problems keeping the ball in the park; he gave up 114 homers during his time in Baltimore, including a league-leading 41 in 2018.
Bundy was a highly-regarded prospect as a minor leaguer, particularly in 2012, when he posted a 2.08 ERA with 119 strikeouts in 103.2 innings across three levels (Low-A Delmarva, High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie) en route to a major-league call-up.
But a number of injuries slowed his career and robbed him of the high-end stuff that made him such an attractive prospect out of Owasso High School in Oklahoma. Between Tommy John surgery (2013), shoulder calcification issues and other ailments, Bundy threw just 167 minor-league innings.
Bundy now gets a fresh start in Los Angeles. He’ll join Shohei Ohtani, Griffin Canning and Andrew Heaney in the Angels’ starting rotation.
Mattson, 24, was a 19th-round pick out of Pitt in 2017. He posted a 2.33 ERA, 110 strikeouts and 27 walks in 73.1 innings across three levels, including Triple-A Salt Lake, in 2019. Bradish, 23, was the Angels’ fourth-round pick out of New Mexico State in 2018. He posted a 4.28 ERA, 120 strikeouts and 53 walks in 101 innings for High-A Inland Empire in 2019.
Peek, 21, and Brnovich, 22, were 2019 draft picks by the Angels. Peek was a sixth-round pick by the Angels out of Winthrop, while Brnovich was an eighth-rounder. Neither Peek nor Brnovich pitched in the Angels’ system after signing this past season.
Orioles GM Mike Elias talked about Bundy during a conference call with the Baltimore media Dec. 2 after the Orioles traded infielder Jonathan Villar to the Miami Marlins.
“Dylan’s a really good starting pitcher, had a good year for us, a good step forward for us, and has a lot of potential,” Elias said. “He’s got four pitches, he strikes out a lot of hitters, as good a competitor as there is out there and there are a lot of teams looking for pitching right now and so he’s a popular guy in that respect. And as I’ve said all along, we have conversations about any of our players on the major league roster.”
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