With the 19th pick in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft the New York Mets selected Boston College right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn. Dunn has reportedly been one of the fastest risers over the past couple of months after being inserted into Boston College’s starting rotation in April. The Freeport, New York native, has a 1.49 ERA in 60.1 innings this season for the Eagles. MLB.com has Dunn ranked as their 29th ranked draft-eligible prospect for this year’s draft. A scouting report from MLB.com regarding the 20-year old Dunn is provided below:
“Dunn has always had a plus fastball and he maintained it in his early starts, lighting radar guns up to 98-99 mph and sitting in the 92-95 mph range. He utilizes two breaking balls, both of which are Major League average: a three-quarters curve and a solid hard slider. His changeup will also flash average, though he didn’t need it much as a reliever. His command is fringy at present, but his outstanding stuff helps make up for it.”
It is a solid pick for the New York Mets as Dunn has electric stuff on the mound and he would fit well with their current rotation of electric arms. There is huge potential surrounding Dunn with the type of stuff he possesses, and you can bet pitching coach Dan Warthen will have a hand in helping his slider develop, as he has with many of our current pitchers. The only downside concerning Dunn is he hasn’t been a regular fixture in the Boston College rotation and could use some time to develop into a full fledged starting pitcher. Dunn also stands at 6’2 and 170 lbs, and many worry how his frame will hold up in the majors. I believe if he puts on some extra muscle he will be fine and even if he doesn’t, many scouts project his frame to current Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. It was a great pick by the Mets who need to begin to replenish their farm with power arms, and this pick was a step in the right direction.