Orioles' top prospect Dylan Bundy will undergo Tommy John surgery

MLB's top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will undergo Tommy John surgery

6/27/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Orioles' top prospect Dylan Bundy will undergo Tommy John surgeryBefore the start of each baseball season, MLB.com produces a list of the top 100 prospects in the game. We've already seen this year's top batting prospect, Jurickson Profar, be called up to play for the Texas Rangers, and the youngster has experienced some moderate success. However, we have still yet to see who MLB.com considers baseball's top pitching prospect, and it may be a very long time before we see him throw a pitch at the Major League level.

Dylan Bundy of the Baltimore Orioles is the most promising young pitcher in the minors, according to MLB.com. Bundy even made it to the majors during his first full year as a professional, albeit in a very brief stint. He pitched 1.2 innings for the Orioles in 2012, giving up one hit and no runs in his limited action.

However, the 20-year-old hurler was experiencing some stiffness in his throwing elbow during the preseason, which delayed his expected debut. The Orioles were reportedly not concerned with the injury, but decided to be especially cautious with their prized prospect anyway. Bundy eventually visited the infamous Dr. James Andrews, who recommended that Bundy receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his troublesome elbow. Bundy was slowly but surely making progress in his recovery, but suffered a setback while throwing from 120 feet this past Monday.

Then Bundy heard the three words that no pitcher ever wants to hear - Tommy John surgery. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that Bundy has a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday.

It's devastating news for Bundy, who was so highly touted coming into this season. The young righty managed a 2.08 ERA over 23 games in the minors last season, and struck out a staggering 119 batters in only 103.2 innings. He was expected to bring some of that same dominance as a reliever this season, before being groomed into a top-of-the-rotation starter.

If all goes well, Bundy will be able to begin pitching again during the second half of the 2014 season.
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