Grading The Prospects In The Dylan Bundy Trade: Are There Any Breakout Candidates?

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The Los Angeles Angels traded four prospects in exchange for Dylan Bundy, so let’s take a quick look at the return:

RHP Kyle Bradish

A 2018 fourth round pick, Bradish pitched at High-A last season and posted a 4.28 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 101.0 IP.  Obviously those aren’t overly impressive numbers, nor are the marks in the three skills we look for from a pitcher:

  • Strikeouts – 10.69 K/9
  • Control – 4.72 BB/9
  • Groundballs – 43.9%

The strikeout number is nice, and is supported by a 14.5% SwStr%.  That alone wouldn’t be enough, and this note from Baseball America just further drives it home:

Bradish doesn’t have the velocity or command to start but has a tick of promise as a potential reliever.

There’s little reason to get excited, and while others point towards a four-pitch mix as a reason for him to potentially stick in the rotation the ceiling is limited.

Current Grade – C

RHP Isaac Mattson

Mattson spent all of 2019 working out of the bullpen, and he delivered impressively across three levels (topping out at Triple-A):

73.1 IP, 2.33 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 110 K, 27 BB

He posted an impressive 16.3% SwStr% and his 46.6% groundball rate and 3.31 BB/9 obviously are more than enough.  He continued to excel in the Arizona Fall League, with 12 K vs. 3 BB over 10.2 IP.  He’s nearly ready for the Majors and could quickly emerge as a significant part of the Orioles bullpen.  If you are looking for a sleeper source of saves, Mattson belongs on your radar.

Current Grade – C+

RHP Zach Peek

A 2019 sixth round pick, Peek has yet to make his professional debut so we don’t have much to draw conclusions from.  Here’s a little bit of what we can look forward to from him, courtesy of Baseball America:

While none of Peek’s stuff is overwhelming, his three-pitch mix and history of throwing strikes give him a solid foundation. He still has room to grow into his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame and could see his stuff tick up as he fills out.

Current Grade – Incomplete

RHP Kyle Brnovich

Another 2019 draft pick who has yet to make his professional debut, and according to Baseball America:

Brnovich is a likely reliever who relies heavily on his plus-plus, swing-and-miss slider. His 88-92 mph fastball is more of a secondary pitch to his slider rather than the other way around, and he’ll mix in a changeup on occasion.

Current Grade – Incomplete

Sources – MLB.com, MILB.com, Baseball America, Fangraphs

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