Most batters don’t even see the fastballs that leave the hands of Owasso’s Dylan Bundy and Broken Arrow’s Archie Bradley. Most pro scouts were left drooling as they watched Bundy and Bradley mow down the opposition and looked in astonishment at radar guns with readings in the high 90’s. Most baseball fans will never see talented arms like these come through Oklahoma ever again.
June 6th, 2011 was a historic night in this state as Bundy and Bradley were both selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Bundy, who just days before was named Gatorade National Player of the Year, was taken fourth overall by the Baltimore Orioles. Bradley, fresh off a win in the state championship game, was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the seventh pick.
“Watching the NFL and NBA draft, you see all these guys and the excitement but you don’t fully understand it until you go through it,” said Bradley moments after hearing his name called and donning an Arizona hat. “Going through it right now it’s simply amazing and to be here in this moment with my family, friends and coaches that have helped me to this point, it’s unreal.”
Bundy’s older brother Bobby was drafted by the Orioles in 2008. Dylan said he can’t wait to play alongside his brother and can’t think of a better place to start his professional career. “I really can’t because I already know a lot of things the Orioles have to offer and with him right there by my side the whole time will be great. Secretly, in the back of my head I was like I really want to go to Baltimore to be with my brother, that was my dream and it’s been a dream come true so far.”