New York Mets Draft Boston College Pitcher Justin Dunn In First Round
In somewhat of a surprise move, the New York Mets selected Boston College pitcher Justin Dunn with the 19th overall pick in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Many pundits had it as a near lock that the Mets would take Wake Forest third baseman Will Craig if he was available.
The Mets may very well have had high interest in Craig, but the fact that Dunn was available to them at pick 19 had to come as a surprise. Cbssports.com had Dunn projected to go #11 overall and some outlets had him even higher than that. After a fine season at Boston College, Dunn’s stock has risen considerably in the weeks leading up to the draft. Born on Long Island, the 6’2″ junior right hander pitched in both relief and as a starter during his career at Boston College. When pitching in relief, Dunn sometimes hit 99 on the radar gun and as a starter typically sat between 92 and 96.
Dunn possesses four pitches, his fastball and power curve leading the way. Although there was some debate as to whether or not Dunn would project as a starter or reliever, the Mets have already said they plan on Dunn entering their system with the intent on making him a starter. By selecting the high-upside Dunn, the Mets have taken the first step towards replenishing their system with high-end pitching talent.
This season, Dunn pitched 60 innings as a reliever and as a starter and had 66 strikeouts and 16 walks while pitching to a 1.49 ERA. He led Boston College to an appearance in the NCAA East Regional where he was the starting pitcher against #15 Tulane in their first game. Dunn turned in one of the best performances of his career, hurling seven innings with 11 strikeouts in the Eagles 7-2 upset victory. It was BC’s first NCAA Regional win since 2009. Dunn was named Third Team All-American by Baseball America.
Dunn is just 20 years old (he’ll turn 21 on September 22), and the Mets are very likely to take their time in letting him develop in the minor leagues. Fans should probably view him as a potential replacement if the day comes where they lose one of their big starters to free agency down the line.
He was also drafted in 2013 in the 37th round out of Gunnery High School in Connecticut.
Recent Mets First Round Draft Picks
2015: Lost pick from signing Michael Cuddyer
2014: #10 Michael Conforto
2013: #11 Dominic Smith
2012: #12 Gavin Cecchini
2011: #13 Brandon Nimmo
2010: #7 Matt Harvey
2009: Lost pick from signing Francisco Rodriguez
2008: #22 Ike Davis
2007: Lost pick for signing Moises Alou
2006: Lost pick for signing Billy Wagner
2005: #9 Mike Pelfrey