According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports!, the Colorado Rockies are on the prowl for starting pitchers.
DENVER, Co. — The Rockies are interested in Baltimore Orioles starting pitchers Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy. In addition, Colorado has reached out to Baltimore about a deal.
Sources: Rockies, with a strong farm system, are poking around the SP market. Reached out to Baltimore about Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 18, 2017
Gausman, 26, and Bundy, 24, both have struggled this season, though Bundy initially started off hot. Through the course of 20 starts and 100 innings pitched, Gausman has gone 5-7, with a 6.39 ERA. Gausman has allowed 32 earned runs in his previous 40 2/3 innings
Bundy has fared much better, pitching to an 8-8 record, 4.33 ERA, in 18 starts and 108 innings pitched. Despite this Bundy has given up 29 earned runs over his last 36 1/3 innings pitched.
Although they have struggled, the Orioles still think highly of both pitchers. Each of them have showed flashes of success during the 2017 season, both players are fairly young and both won’t become free-agents for awhile. Gausman becomes a free-agent in 2021, while Bundy becomes a free-agent in 2022.
Baltimore has been in the midst of a rough season. They are currently fourth and eight games out of first place in the American League East division with a 43-49 record. The organization has had internal discussions of should they sell and who should they sell and the scope continues to widen.
There was a report that Baltimore would make every player besides the trio of Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Mychal Givens available. Relievers Zach Britton and Brad Brach have been linked to the likes of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals
Colorado’s Top-10 Prospects (According to MLB.com)
- Brendan Rodgers (SS/2B)
- Riley Pint (RHP)
- Ryan Castellani (RHP)
- Ryan McMahon (1B/2B/3B)
- Peter Lambert (RHP)
- Tom Murphy (C)
- Dom Nunez (C)
- Forrest Wall (2B/OF)
- Ben Bowden (LHP)
- Colton Welker (3B)
Bundy and/or Gausman could possibly command a solid amount in return because of their youth and team control. Though, due to their laborious seasons in 2017, the Orioles may not be able to get their maximum in return. Baltimore needs Major League-ready pitching for Major League pitching and because of that, both sides may be unwilling to deal their pitchers.
If Baltimore had the option, Pint would have to be a part of the deal. As a first-round pick in 2016, the 19-year old has shown that his arm is powerful, boasting a fastball that sits in the 93-98 mph range. He has touched as high as 102 mph and has a power curveball in his arsenal. Currently, Pint pitches in Low-A Asheville.
As for their second highest rated pitching prospect, Castellani holds a fastball that usually runs from 92-95 mph and has occasionally reached 97 mph. He is also the owner of a low-80’s slider with a great deal of movement. Castellani is projected to reach the majors in 2018 and pitches for Double-A Hartford.
For Baltimore, they must look weigh two options if they want either pitcher. Do they want the higher upside or do they Major League-ready prospect? It is an interesting question.