Mets #4 prospect, Justin Dunn
With their first draft since making the World Series, the Mets used their top pick (19) to take the pitcher who’ll likely usher in the new wave of dominant Mets pitching. His name is Justin Dunn.
A reliever-turned-starter out of Boston College, some evaluators believed Dunn was too undersized to stick as a starter. Others, however, believed he had the potential to be the top pitcher in the class.
Of the seven pitchers picked before Dunn, five are already on the MLB Top 100 List.
Reporting to Brooklyn immediately after signing, Dunn was utterly spectacular. The following year was….not. His strikeout rate plummeted, walk rate spiked and his overall performance was putrid. Many of those critics from the draft were beginning to rest on their laurels.
What did Dunn have in store for his third act, you ask? Well, he’s not only recovered his stock but skyrocketed it. The same Florida State League that dominated him the year prior, witnessed this incredible turnaround.
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After showing up the competition for April and May, it was his first start in June that finally forced a promotion. A two-hit, seven shutout innings, ten strikeout gem on June 4th showed the Mets it was time.
Since reaching AA Binghamton, Dunn has had similar, if not better, stats than before. His strikeout and walk rates are in line with his sparkling debut. Fewer walks would be ideal, but the Mets can’t complain about the results.
While it would seem that Dunn is within reach of a promotion to AAA sometime this summer, I expect the Mets to be patient. I figure they’ll let him develop the rest of the year in Binghamton and let him start 2019 with freshly relocated AAA-Syracuse.
With a mid-90’s fastball, wipeout slider, and an average curve, Dunn has the tools to be a key piece of the Mets rotation as soon as 2019.
The future is bright in Queens with some of the current Mets prospects likely to make a significant impact as soon as this year. Many, however, will need a few more years to develop and you can expect more updates as their careers progress.
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