30-Year-Old Pitcher – Miami Marlins
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Dunn had a rough go of it in 2015. Although he still saw general success against both right-handed (.224 average against) and left-handed batters (.230 average against), he gave up five home runs to r...
Mike Dunn Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $5.8 million contract with the Marlins in February of 2015, avoiding arbitration.
Dunn finished the 2015 season with a disappointing 4.50 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over 54 innings for the Marlins.
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2015 Stat Review for Mike Dunn As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2015 (min 55 in)
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Miami Marlins Roster
MajorsBarraclough, Kyle (P)
AAABreslow, Craig (P)
AAAmes, Steven (P)
A+Brigham, Jeff (P)
ADean, Austin (OF)
RookieAnderson, Blake (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Dunn racked up a 10-win season out of the Marlins’ bullpen, earning the nickname "The Vulture" within the Marlins' clubhouse. The 29-year-old workhorse put up a second-straight quality season, appearing in 75 games with a 3.16 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched. He was equally effective against both left-handed (.220 BAA) and right-handed batters (.219 BAA), proving to be much more than just a LOOGY. Dunn leans heavily on a fastball-slider combination and has increased his strikeout rate in each of the past three seasons, bringing it from 22.6% in 2012 to 25.5% in 2013 up to a career-high 27.4% in 2014. Despite his consistent effectiveness, Dunn remains down in the pecking order for saves behind closer Steve Cishek.
Dunn bounced back from a down 2012 season and slashed his ERA by over a full run while racking up 72 strikeouts in 67.2 innings out of the Marlins' bullpen. The 28-year-old southpaw held opposing left-handed batters to a .192 batting average against and also chipped in a pair of saves during his best all-around season in the majors. Working primarily with a fastball/slider combination, Dunn's success is credited largely to a four percent drop in his walk rate, leading to a career-best 2.57 strikeout-to-walk ratio. While it's hard to expect many save opportunities to come his way -- Steve Cishek has a strong handle on the Marlins' closer role -- Dunn remains a great bet to record a fourth straight season with at least 15 holds.
Dunn took a step back in 2012 along with the majority of the Miami bullpen, posting a 4.91 ERA and 1.77 WHIP over 44.0 innings. He managed to strike out over a batter per inning, working with mostly a fastball/slider combination, but a significant dip in his K/BB (1.6 in 2012, 2.2 in 2011) accompanied his statistical regression across the board. Dunn will continue to work as a left-handed setup man in the Marlins' bullpen ahead of closer Steve Cishek, but he needs to tighten up his control (5.9 BB/9) in order to solidify his place in the late innings this season.
Dunn turned in a solid season as a setup man, displaying some semblance of control and parlaying a fastball that averaged 94 mph into better than a strikeout an inning. The free passes are still something of a concern here given his flyball tendencies and history of a high walk rate throughout his time in the minors. Expect him to fill a similar role in 2012 as the primary left-handed bridge to Heath Bell.
Dunn has great velocity (94.8 average mph on fastballs last season) that results in outstanding strikeout rates (12.4 K/9IP between Triple-A and the majors last season). However, Dunn walks a few too many batters to think he'll be an elite reliever (5.71 BB/9IP between Triple-A and the majors last year). Still, he held lefties to a .581 OPS in the majors. He could move into a high-profile setup role with the Marlins after being traded from Atlanta in the offseason.
After transitioning to the bullpen near the end of 2008, Dunn made the full-time switch to a relief role last season. Without having to pace himself for longer outings, he was able to pack some more heat on his fastball as a reliever, combining it with an improving slider to rack up 99 strikeouts in 73.1 innings (Double-A and Triple-A stats combined). His 46 walks indicate that his control needs work, but he's producing outs with regularity and should begin the year at Triple-A with a chance to progress to Atlanta (after he was traded from the Yankees in the Javier Vazquez deal) if he's needed.
A converted outfielder, Dunn pitched well as a 23-year-old at High-A Tampa, ultimately transitioning to the bullpen after making 22 starts. Dunn throws a mid-90's fastball and is still honing his secondary pitches, which include a curveball and changeup. As he moves through the minors, he'll need to improve his command (4.20 9/IP) in order to remain effective, but the Yankees could eventually have an effective left-handed middle reliever on their hands if his development continues its current course. He was added to the team's 40-man roster in November over a number of other intriguing options, so the Yankees must see something they like in him.