LA Angels: Could Dylan Bundy be the next Angels ace?

Dylan Bundy, Los Angeles Angels, (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
Dylan Bundy, Los Angeles Angels, (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

The LA Angels starting pitching staff has a lot to prove this spring, and they are off to a decent start. But one newly acquired pitcher, Dylan Bundy, has caught the eye of many Angels fans, including myself.

While Dylan Bundy didn’t have the success he would have liked as a member of the Baltimore Orioles, he certainly caught the eye of LA Angels general manager, Billy Eppler, as another one of his low-risk/high-reward type acquisitions.

The Angels didn’t give up much to get Bundy and Eppler has been known to look for pitchers that don’t cost too much and hold the potential for a big payoff. It’s easy to forget that Bundy was the 4th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 draft with lots of potential. That potential is what the Angels are looking to unlock and the key to unlocking it may come from new pitching coach, Mickey Callaway. Additionally, Bundy pitched in one of the toughest divisions for pitchers in the AL East, which could have contributed to his struggles.

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Bundy enters the 2020 season looking  for a second chance in his career with the Angels and a change of scenery might be the thing he needs most. While it’s only spring training, so take from it what you will, his performance so far has been exceptional over two appearances.

In just 7.1 innings, Bundy has 11 strikeouts and has given up zero runs. According to an article from Maria Torres, Bundy said the new coaching staff has promoted him to mix up his pitches differently, obviously not going into further detail. While the teams he has faced may not be too impressive to fans (which include the Reds, Giants, and Mariners), his initial success isn’t something people should ignore.

During the off-season, many Angels fans criticized Billy Eppler and Angels owner Arte Moreno for not going out and getting a top of the line starter. The starting rotation was a major concern during the off-season and they have added a significant amount of depth to it which includes Dylan Bundy.

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While time will tell if Bundy’s small sample size amounts to further success, Eppler’s experiment with finding low-risk/high-reward type players may have struck gold in Bundy.