As the winner of the Gatorade Athlete of the Year Award, given to the male and female high school athletes each year who rise above their peers both in competitive sports and community service, you'd expect Dylan Bundy to be an impressive individual.
Talk with him for a few seconds, and you won't be disappointed.
In posing a few questions to Bundy after Gatorade's ceremony in Hollywood on Tuesday, Bleacher Report's Jack Harver scratched the surface of the focus and commitment that have Texas baseball and the Baltimore Orioles both laying claim to the Owasso [Okla.] product.
Jack Harver: Between you and Archie Bradley, Tulsa was pretty well represented in the first round of the MLB Draft. Of course, Archie's got a spot on the Oklahoma football team to consider, too.
I heard that you used to play football as well. What position did you play?
Dylan Bundy: I played quarterback and free safety. A lot of people said I was better at free safety, but I liked playing quarterback better.
JH: Did you ever think about going with football long-term?
DB: You know, I was going to keep playing football at my 3A school in Sperry [Okla.] until I moved over to the 6A school in Owasso. At that point, I just decided to concentrate on baseball.
JH: Looks like it has worked out pretty well for you so far: Gatorade Athlete of the Year, a scholarship to play for Texas, getting picked fourth overall by the Baltimore Orioles.
DB: [laughs] You could say that.
JH: Another thing I've heard is that you're big into exercise and nutrition, which fits well with Gatorade's sponsorship of tonight's ceremony. Do you use the G Series products around your workouts?
DB: I haven't, but I'm going to look into trying them soon.
JH: How do you fuel up for your games and workouts?
DB: I like to eat healthy, so I go with whole foods like chicken, but nothing too heavy. Before a workout, I'll drink a smoothie with spinach leaves, fruit, oatmeal and peanut butter. Good stuff.
JH: If you could give one nutrition tip to other athletes, what would it be?
DB: The first and most basic thing they'd need to start out with would be drinking healthy. For instance, I weigh around 200 pounds, so I need about 120 ounces of water.
JH: That's smart. After all, muscle is around 70 percent water. Can't let it die on the vine.
As for exercise, I'm interested in how you work your shoulders. That 100-mph heater of yours must put an awful lot of torque on your right shoulder. How do you get it to hold up against that?
DB: I have a punching bag routine you can find on YouTube, which is kind of the total opposite of baseball.
When you hit the bag, it develops the back side of your rotator cuff. You have to work to decelerate your arm, which helps prepare it for throwing.
JH: Training the stabilizing muscles. That's right out of [FitQuest 10 owner and internationally-renowned trainer] Todd Durkin's book, and he's got some big-name quarterbacks and pitchers on his resume of clients.
Sounds like you've got yourself on a great path, and the Gatorade Athlete of the Year trophy is definitely confirmation of that. Congratulations.