Adopted: Justin Dunn

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Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby G-Fafif » Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:32 am

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Meet the youngster I'll be taking under my wing for the duration of his development, Justin Dunn. 2016 first-round pick. RHP. My veritable neighbor (one town over). Reformed MFY fan, now talking up how much he enjoyed his trips to Shea and Citi. BC Eagle. Brooklyn Cyclone currently.

Strong Island represent!

“A lot of people think Long Island can’t play baseball, but look at the track record. You have Marcus [Stroman] and then you have Steven Matz, and they’re doing pretty well in the league,” Dunn said. “You have guys like Keith Osik that have played, and other guys. This is something that should be known, that Long Island can play. I’m just happy to have my little part of it.”


Keith Osik? That's his go-to Long Island position player? Not Carl Yastrzemski? Even Frank Catalanotto? I find that extremely charming.
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Re: Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby Frayed Knot » Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:39 am

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You know the guy is young, but you figure that maybe a grandparent could have told him about some guy named Biggio.
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Re: Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby MFS62 » Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:28 am

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The guy's a pitcher. He could have mentioned (I hate myself for this) Whitey Ford, the "Lake Success success".

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Re: Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby Benjamin Grimm » Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:29 am

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He kind of dissed his likely future pitching coach, Frank Viola.

Re: Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby Edgy MD » Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:56 am

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Re: Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby G-Fafif » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:50 pm

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Two scoreless innings of relief in his professional debut, a career born on the same date as the US of A.
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Re: Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby G-Fafif » Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:00 pm

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Dunn has his first professional win.
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Re: Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby G-Fafif » Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:27 pm

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The Times has Dunn a profile on the Freeport Phenom, who couldn't be happier to be here (and in Brooklyn).

"I wasn’t really looking for one team; I was just looking for an organization that was going to give me a shot,” Dunn said. “And I had hoped that the Mets would be one of the teams, because you see what they do with their pitching staff, and you can’t ask for anything else.”


The plan right now?

Right now, Dunn’s innings are being limited — he is scheduled to pitch two innings every six days and will make his third appearance on Saturday against the Lowell Spinners. Through four innings of work, Dunn has given up two hits and no runs, has walked two and has struck out three. He wants to tighten up his command but is otherwise happy.

“Ball’s coming out well, everything feels well coming out of my hand, and I feel strong and I feel healthy, so that’s always great, and that’s all you can ask for,” he said.
“And if anyone tries to tell you it can't be done, remember the Mets. If they can do it, we can do it.”
—John V. Lindsay, 1969

Re: Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby G-Fafif » Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:36 pm

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Keith Law, which the Obama administration never implemented despite hysterical warnings to the contrary, ranks Long Island's own Justin Dunn as his No. 84 overall prospect in baseball.

Certainly sounds impressive.
“And if anyone tries to tell you it can't be done, remember the Mets. If they can do it, we can do it.”
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Re: Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby G-Fafif » Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:09 pm

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Long Island's new favorite son (screw you, Matz) is starting the year a St. Lucie Met.
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Postby Edgy MD » Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:13 pm

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That's leapfrogging Columbia.

While we at Roster Central anticipated that, it's still a pretty notable feat.
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Re: Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby G-Fafif » Sun May 28, 2017 11:38 am

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Good kid doing a good thing in the fight against ALS.
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Re: Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby G-Fafif » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:19 pm

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Justin's year at St. Lucie: 20 appearances, 16 starts, WHIP 1.563, ERA 5.00. Will turn 22 later this month.
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Re: Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby Benjamin Grimm » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:36 pm

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That ERA of 5 suggests he'd fit in well with the rest of the Mets big-league rotation.

Re: Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby G-Fafif » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:18 pm

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Amazin' Avenue ranks Dunn the No. 8 prospect in the system, though the writeup isn't particularly enthusiastic.
“And if anyone tries to tell you it can't be done, remember the Mets. If they can do it, we can do it.”
—John V. Lindsay, 1969

Re: Adopted: Justin Dunn

Postby G-Fafif » Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:42 pm

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Prospect guru Keith Law not overwhelmed by Justin's progress, as relayed by Abbey Mastracco of the Star-Ledger.

"Justin Dunn I think is the most glaring example of the guy who's stuff is still pretty good, at least in terms of the quality of his pitches, but was so successful in college and then comes in to pro ball his first full season this year and they probably pushed him too far into high right away, just speaking in hindsight," Law said Wednesday, on his annual top-100 conference call. "But also there were a lot of issues with his feel to pitch, his lack of command, with lack of life on the fastball."

Dunn was converted to a starter his junior year at Boston College, and was then sent to low-A Brooklyn where he put up a 1.50 ERA in 11 games (eight starts). Perhaps those good numbers masked the problems, but Law is surprised that no one on the player development side recognized the issues.

"You almost look and you say, 'Nobody caught that?' Nobody on the player development side looked and said, 'Hey wait a minute, here are two things we are going to have to work on in instructional league last year and spring training this yer, but we're sending you out to High-A this year,'" Law said.

Law calls him "an athlete with a tremendous arm," but he's not very advanced when it comes to his feel for pitching.
“And if anyone tries to tell you it can't be done, remember the Mets. If they can do it, we can do it.”
—John V. Lindsay, 1969


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