The Colorado Rockies have reached out to the Baltimore Orioles about pitchers Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, according to a report from Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.
Gausman, a Colorado native, has struggled in 2017 with a 6.39 ERA and a 5.13 FIP. The big concern with him this year has been walks, which have jumped from 2.35 to 3.96 per nine innings. He has had some bad luck, as well, with a .373 BABIP against him.
The Rockies could choose to put Gausman in the bullpen, letting his combination of a power fastball (his average velocity with it is 95.2 MPH) and slider work for an inning or two at a time.
Bundy, the Orioles’ first round pick in 2011, is in his second full season in the big leagues and has a 4.33 ERA and 4.86 FIP in 108 innings. Despite big strikeout numbers in the minors, Bundy has struck out just seven per nine innings this season and gets ground balls at a rate of just 31.5 percent, perhaps mitigating his fit at Coors Field.
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