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Justin Dunn

Justin Warren Dunn

Height: 6'2"    Weight: 185

Bats/Throws: Right / Right

Born: 09/22/1995 in Freeport, New York

Offseason home: Lauderhill, Florida

College: Boston College

Acquired: In trade from the New York Mets, with Jarred Kelenic, Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, and Gerson Bautista, for Robinson Canó, Edwin Díaz, and cash (12/03/2018)

Salary: Not available

MLB Debut: 09/12/2019

Free Agent after: 2025 season

Twitter handle: @dunn_deal19

Dunn went eight picks after Kyle Lewis in the first round of the 2016 draft, then came our way as part of the Canó/Díaz deal, but the 2016 draft wasn’t his first rodeo. As a 5' 11", 150-pound high schooler with a 92mph fastball, he’d been picked in the 37th round of the 2013 draft by the LA Dodgers, but he opted for Boston College instead. His Major League debut, with the M’s on Sept. 12, 2019, was a bit spotty. On the plus side, he didn’t give up a hit. Downside, he sprinkled five walks and two sac flies to deep center field before being pulled after 23 of an inning. Control still seems to be an issue. Career, he’s got 43 Ks vs. 40 BBs, and in only five of his 13 starts has he struck out more than he’s walked—and generally just barely. This was not a concern in the minors, where he struck out 424 against 144 walks over four seasons, so let’s hope it’s just big league jitters and a small sample size. When he was drafted by the Mets in 2016, his father, Ed, told The New York Daily News a story about going into an arcade with 6-year-old Justin and being heckled by a guy in a dunk tank. The father bought three throws for himself but missed three times, and the heckling got louder. Then Justin wanted a go. Why not? “First try, bang, in the water,” Ed said. “Second try, bang, in the water. Third try, bang, in the water. … He could always throw.” Would love to see more dudes getting dunked like that this season. If he can get his walks under control, he could be formidable: his 2020 batting average against was a mere .189.

EL, 3/21/21