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First Pitch: Thinking Back to Dylan Bundy

First Pitch: Thinking Back to Dylan Bundy

I happened to be thinking about Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy this afternoon at McKechnie Field. I was watching Nick Kingham long tossing from about 300 feet, throwing from the area between the mound and home plate all the way to the wall next to the 335 sign.

I think about Bundy every time I see a Pirates pitching prospect long tossing from beyond 120 feet, and especially with extreme distances like Kingham today. It's actually a pretty regular occurrence. Charlie Morton, Vic Black, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, and of course, Tim Alderson. Those are all guys I've seen long tossing beyond 120 feet in the last month, and that's not even the complete list.

The reason I think about Bundy is because of an article that came out in Yahoo Sports before the 2011 draft. Bundy told the Pirates not to draft him for fear that they'd restrict his long tossing and individual workout program. It had been pretty commonly reported in the national media at the time that the Pira...

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