He was the Orioles’ top draft pick, taken No. 4 overall in 2011, and made 103 starts in an Orioles uniform. But today right-hander Dylan Bundy’s time with the club ended as he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for four minor league pitchers.
The deal was first reported by The Athletic, which said that right-hander Isaac Mattson would be one of the players coming to Baltimore. Mattson, 24, went 6-3 with a 2.33 ERA last season. Over 37 games - all in relief, with most coming at the Double-A level - he pitched 73 1/3 innings, allowing 47 hits with 27 walks and 110 strikeouts wtih a strikeout rate of 13.5 per nine. He posted a 1.01 WHIP and allowed an average against of .184.
Following the season, Mattson pitched for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League. He worked to a 1.69 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. He was named to the AFL’s Rising Stars game.
ESPN reported the other three players in the deal are pitchers Kyle Bradish, Zach Peek and Kyle Brnovich, all right-handers. Bradish, 23, is rated as the Angels’ No. 21 prospect per MLBPipeline.com. In 2019, he went 6-7 with a 4.28 ERA in High-A ball with a strikeout rate of 10.7. He was ranked as a California League Mid-Season All-Star.
Brnovich, 22, was drafted in 2019 in round eight out of Elon. He was ranked as the No. 185 player for the draft by MLB.com. He struck out 360 in his college career to rank second in Colonial Athletic Association history, behind only Old Dominion’s Justin Verlander.
Peek, 21, was taken in 2019 in round six out of Winthrop University. He was the No. 178 prospect for the draft. He led the Big South conference in strikeouts in 2018 and 2019.
Update: The Orioles have now announced the deal and confirmed that these four players were the return for Bundy. The 40-man roster is now at 37.
Bundy, 27, has led all Orioles pitchers in starts, innings and strikeouts the last two years. In 2019, he went 7-14 with a 4.79 ERA over 161 2/3 innings. His WHIP was 1.355, his homer rate dropped from 2.1 per nine innings the year before to 1.6. He allowed nine hits per nine with 3.2 walks and nine strikeouts.
In his last 10 starts in August and September, Bundy recorded a 3.99 ERA. He also reduced his homer rate to 0.92 per nine innings, allowing just six in 58 2/3 innings. In 13 starts after the All-Star break, Bundy surrendered nine home runs for a HR/9 of 1.15.
In 127 career games for Baltimore, he went 38-45 with a 4.67 ERA in 614 1/3 innings. The Orioles selected him out of an Oklahoma high school in 2011 amid very high expectations. He was once throwing a mid-to-high-90s fastball, but Tommy John surgery and shoulder issues cost him velocity. In recent years, he was throwing mostly between 90 and 92 mph.
The Angels, no doubt, noticed Bundy’s strong finish and were looking to add to their rotation. They’ve acquired a player who projects to earn $5.7 million through arbitration this year and has two seasons of team control remaining.
This is the second trade in the last three days for the Orioles. Monday the club sent infielder Jonathan Villar to Miami for minor league pitcher Easton Lucas.