Justin Dunn
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
Seattle Mariners AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 19th overall pick in the 2016 draft rehabbed his stock in a return trip to High-A. After logging a 4.15 FIP, 1.56 WHIP and 6.2 K-BB% in 95.1 innings there in 2017, he notched a 3.00 FIP, 1.27 WHIP and 18.3 K-BB% in nine starts before a promotion to Double-A. His strikeout rate climbed to an elite 27.7% in the Eastern League, but his walk rate also spiked from 7.6% to 9.8%. Dunn was the secondary piece (after Jarred Kelenic) the Mariners received from the Mets in the Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz trade. If he had even average command of his mid-90s fastball, the 23-year-old righty would be a high-probability mid-rotation starter, as he also features three quality offspeed pitches that can flash plus. His inability to consistently locate his heater may eventually push him to the bullpen. The Mariners will obviously give him every opportunity to start. He may debut in 2019, but seems unlikely to be a consistent, quality fantasy option until at least 2020. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Mets in June of 2016 that includes a $2.38 million signing bonus. Traded to the Mariners in June of 2018.
Whiffs six
PSeattle Mariners  AA
March 21, 2019
Dunn allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out six across four innings of work Thursday.
Dunn continued to generate whiffs at a strong rate and has 13 strikeouts in nine innings this spring. However, as has been the case throughout his minor-league career, Dunn has struggled with surrendering free passes -- he's now issued five during the exhibition season. Already optioned to minor-league camp, Dunn could get a small sample of big-league work later in the season if he impresses throughout the campaign.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Dunn split time between the bullpen and rotation at Boston College, but he appears to have the stuff to cut it as a starter. Though not the most imposing figure, Dunn possesses a blazing fastball, above-average slider, serviceable curveball and emerging changeup. The development of that last pitch may go a long ways towards determining whether he stays in the starting rotation. While command was thought to be a chief concern, Dunn impressed during his brief time in the minors after being drafted in the first round in 2016. Dunn notched a 35:10 K:BB in 30 innings for the Brooklyn Cyclones in the short-season New York-Penn League. Dunn had a minuscule 1.50 ERA during that span. Opposing batters hit just .227 against the athletic righty. He started eight of his 11 appearances for the Cyclones. Dunn could see Low-A to begin the 2017 campaign as he builds up arm strength and the Mets manage his innings.
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Sent to minor-league camp
PSeattle Mariners  AA
March 11, 2019
Dunn was reassigned to minor-league camp Monday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
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Invited to MLB spring training
PSeattle Mariners  AA
January 24, 2019
Dunn received an invitation to major-league spring training Thursday, TJ Cotterill of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
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Swapped to Seattle
PSeattle Mariners  AA
December 3, 2018
Dunn was traded from the Mets to the Mariners on Monday along with Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic and Gerson Bautista in exchange for Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano and cash considerations, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Impressive Double-A debut Sunday
PNew York Mets  AA
June 11, 2018
Dunn fired seven scoreless innings Sunday for Double-A Binghamton in his Eastern League debut, allowing two hits and four walks while striking out nine in a win over Trenton.
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Promoted to Double-A
PNew York Mets  AA
June 8, 2018
Dunn was promoted to Double-A Binghamton on Friday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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