A few odds and ends
*I’ve got a full feature on Orioles top pick, high school pitcher Dylan Bundy, you can read here. But I wanted to pass along a funny story that didn’t make it in that I stumbled on across the way.
Below is the famed YouTube video of a 14-year-old Bundy doing a boxing workout. It’s a video snippet that’s part of a DVD that the Bundy family put together for several colleges wanting to know more about the workout, which originated from agent Jay Franklin (brother of Cardinals pitcher, Ryan) and has been adjusted some by the Bundy’s over the years.
The funny part is it was never supposed to showcase Dylan. The plan wasn’t for Dylan to be in the video at all. Older brother Bobby (who is also in the O’s system) was warming up and taking some punches on the bag when his hand slipped and cold-cocked their father, Denver, hitting him square in the chin. The hit knocked Denver out and he was mad at Bobby after that, and had Dylan perform the workout instead.
As you can imagine, the video has taken a life of its own, and is just one of many stories involving the unique Bundy clan. Be sure to check Orioles.com later for more on them.
A few notes heading into this weekend’s series against the Rays…
*Is this the Mark Reynolds the Orioles traded for? Reynolds hit his third homer in five games last night and looks like he’s finally adjusting to the new League and new team. A pretty stoic guy on the field, Reynolds was still bothered by his slow start and admitted he’s been able to relax a little more at the plate recently. If he can get hot, he can carry a team offensively (much like Luke Scott) and, in my opinion that’s the most positive thing that came out of this last series.
*On a night where temperature hovered around the upper 90s, Zach Britton tied a career high of six strikeouts with two outs in the fourth and didn’t allow a run until the sixth, when the A’s used a pair of singles and a double play to score rookie Jemile Weeks.
“I really thought he was crisper [than in his previous few starts],” Showalter said of Britton’s 79-pitch outing, “and I thought the weather took a little bit of that crispness out as he went on.”
Britton admitted the unbearable heat took some adjusting to, but said the biggest shift he made Wednesday was moving over from the third-base side of the mound to the first-base side.
“It was something that [pitching coach] Mark Connor saw in the ‘pen,” Britton said of the move. “He felt like I was losing life on my slider by being on the third-base side. I had always pitched on the first-base side, this year was the first time I moved over there. And we said let’s go back over there and see how that works, and I felt like this allowed me to finish my pitches better.”
Britton’s stuff looked sharp –particularly early– and it was good see him bounce back from the first pair of consecutive losses in his career.
*The Orioles defeated the Athletics on Wednesday night, sweeping their three-game series, by scores of 4-2, 4-0 and 3-2. According to Elias, it’s the first time in nine years that Baltimore has won three consecutive games, despite scoring four-or-fewer runs in each of them. The O’s starting pitchers during their three-game win streak of that type in June 2002 were Travis Driskill, Jason Johnson and Sidney Ponson.
*The Orioles made 20 picks on day three of 2011 First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, completing rounds 31-50. The Orioles selected 50 players overall, 28 pitchers and 22 position players, with 32 of their 50 selections being college products. The Orioles selected 9 left-handed pitchers and 19 right-handed pitchers, 4 catchers, 1 first baseman, 1 second baseman, 4 third baseman, 4 shortstops and 8 outfielders. Full coverage is on Orioles.com.