In last night’s Major League Baseball’s First Year Player Draft, the New York Mets selected Boston College righty Justin Dunn.
Dunn, a local prospect from Freeport, N.Y., is a power arm that has a high to mid-range fastball and a strong change-up and working breaking ball. Dunn is 6 foot 2 inches tall, and is often judged on his frame, but his explosive motion with speed has earned him honorable comparisons to fellow New York native Marcus Stroman or Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura.
Previously drafted as a shortstop out of Gunnery High School in the 37th round of the 2013 Draft by the Dodgers, Dunn committed to Boston College and developed into an everyday pitcher.
During his career at Boston College, Dunn progressed with each of his three years in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Maturing from a freshman year of seven appearances with four starts represented by a 1-1 record and an earned run average of 7.30, to his junior year 4-1 record in 17 appearances with 66 strikeouts with an earned run average of 1.49.
Dunn’s progression with each year, along with becoming an effective starter in his junior year, he could very well become a Major League starter in the future. Dunn may also fit in better middle-to-late relief role and than evolve into a starter.