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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Two Little Birds: How Baltimore’s Best Hitting and Pitching Prospects Finally Came Good

Five years after they were both top-10 prospects, Machado and Bundy are now 24 years old, the best position player and pitcher, respectively, on a contending Orioles team. They’ve made good on the hype, and while Bundy’s lost years will keep him from reaching free agency until after 2021, Machado’s already deep into arbitration, making $11.5 million this year, with a chance for a couple hundred million more when he hits free agency after next season. So if someone from the future had visited them on draft day and offered them their current careers, what would they have said?

“I would’ve thought you’d been wrong,” Bundy said. “When I was 18 or 19 years old I wouldn’t have thought my arm would ever get hurt.”

Machado was equivocal until I rephrased the question: Is he happy with how his career’s turned out?
“Wouldn’t you be? I’m in the big leagues for six years and I’m enjoying every moment of it. I’m playing the game I’ve always dreamed of playing, and I’m beyond excited.”

villageidiom Posted: May 31, 2017 at 12:20 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, dylan bundy, manny machado, orioles, prospects

 

 

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