Keith Law is currently outlining his top 100 prospects over at ESPN, and today he named Justin Dunn, the Mets’ first draft pick in 2016, as the 84th best prospect (Insider subscription required) in baseball. Dunn appeared in 11 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones last season.
Law had this to say about Dunn:
“Now Dunn is throwing 93-96 mph with plus life along with a plus changeup that might end up a 70 pitch, and he throws both for strikes. The breaking ball is the question mark, as he throws both a curve and slider with neither grading more than average or so. He’s also never started for very long -- 2016 was his max, with eight starts in college and eight after signing, which still left him throwing less than 100 innings on the season. He’s one of my picks to zoom up the list once he’s proved he can start over a full season."
The Freeport, New York native came in as the eighth best prospect in the Mets system on the Amazin’ Avenue prospect list in December, with our own Steve Sypa somewhat contradicting Law’s assessment about Dunn’s slider:
“His slider flashes plus and his best secondary pitch, while his curveball is fringy and flashes average and his changeup lags even further behind,” said Sypa.
Dunn pitched most of his college career out of the bullpen, but he was moved into the Boston College rotation early in 2016. He will likely start the 2017 season pitching for either the Columbia Fireflies or St. Lucie Mets.