Dylan Bundy: 'The plan for me is to get up there in 2013'
I just got off the phone with Orioles first-round pick Dylan Bundy, who is headed to Sarasota, Fla., to begin his professional career. I don't have time to put this in story form because first pitch is in less than an hour here at The Coliseum, but here are some of Bundy's comments.
Reaction to deal: “I’m very excited. My brother [Bobby] is with the Baltimore Orioles, and it would be awesome to get an opportunity to play with him. I’m living the dream, getting a chance to play professional baseball.”
Confident deal would get done?: “I really didn’t know. It went down to the last couple of minutes. I was getting nervous, and I wasn’t sure it was going to happen or not. Obviously, God has a plan for me, and his plans are for me are to go to Baltimore and play with Bobby.”
Immediate plans: “I’m going down to Sarasota tomorrow. I’m excited. I want to get it going. It’s been a long summer. I’m definitely ready to go.”
Importance of playing with your brother?: “It would be a life-long dream, and it would definitely be worth it. We didn’t really think about it until about two weeks before the draft. We are very excited to see what happens in the future.”
Worried about big expectations?: “You can say I thrive on it, but I really don’t pay attention to it that much. I just play the game like I always have, play the game with respect, respect the people ahead of you.”
You think you’ll pitch in Arizona Fall League?: “I’ve heard rumors about that, but I’m not sure what the plans are. I want to, definitely. I just want to get on the field for the first time and be out there with the team.”
What is your timetable for the big leagues?: “Definitely, the plan for me is to get up there in 2013. That’s a very high goal. We’ll see what happens.”
Why major league deal was important: “Me and my adviser and my dad, we all thought that we were worth it. We truly believe that I’m going to be up there in 2013 and help the Orioles win some games. We thought that was necessary.”