Wednesday, December 4, 2019

MLB Trade Review: Angels acquire Bundy

From NBC sports


        The Los Angeles Angels have acquired RHP Dylan Bundy from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for RHPs Kyle Bradish, Isaac Mattson, Zach Peek and Kyle Brnovich.

        The Angels have a very weak rotation, and they are desperately looking to improve it this offseason. They are very much in the running for top free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole. However, if Cole doesn't work out, they will need to get multiple pitchers (they need multiple pitchers even if they land Cole). Bundy is a big reclamation project. In 2011, he was the 4th overall pick. But, he has had a terrible major league career. Recently, the only thing Bundy has done consistently that is good is strike out batters. His K/9 has been over 9 the last two seasons. The Angels obviously think that they can change Bundy. His 2.5 WAR in 2019 was not bad, but his 4.79 ERA was.

        Bundy, 27, had a 4.79 ERA with 162 strikeouts in 161.2 innings (one out from qualifying) in 2019. In his MLB career, all in Baltimore, Bundy has a 4.67 ERA with 602 strikeouts in 614.1 innings. He has a career WAR of 7.2.

        The Orioles hope that one of the four prospects they acquired can at least be as good as Bundy. The one with the best shot of doing that is Bradish. Among the four, he was the only one to be a top 30 prospect in the Angels system by MLB Pipeline, at number 21. Mattson, who reached AAA in 2019, could be the first one to the majors.

        Mattson, 24, had a 2.33 ERA with 110 strikeouts in 73.1 innings for AAA Salt Lake, AA Mobile and High-A Inland Empire in 2019. In his minor league career, he has a 2.89 ERA with 242 strikeouts in 199 innings.

         Bradish, 23, had a 4.28 ERA with 120 strikeouts in 101 innings for High-A Inland Empire in 2019, his first pro season after attending New Mexico State. He was a 4th round pick in 2018.

         Peek, 21, had a 4.02 ERA with 91 strikeouts in 87.1 innings at Winthrop University in 2019. He was drafted by the Angels in the 6th round this past draft.

          Brnovich, 22, was an 8th round pick in 2019. For Elon University, Brnovich had a 3.66 ERA with 110 strikeouts in 86 innings.

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