Justin Dunn

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Justin Dunn
Seattle Mariners – No. 35
Born: (1995-09-22) September 22, 1995 (age 24)
Freeport, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 2019, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average2.70

Justin Warren Dunn (born September 22, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). Dunn played college baseball at Boston College and was selected by the New York Mets with the 19th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 MLB draft.

Amateur career[edit]

Dunn was born in Freeport, New York to Ed, a grant administrator, and Donna, a health company recruiter. As an eighth grader, he was noticed playing at a showcase with the Boys Club of New York by the baseball coach of The Gunnery, a boarding school in Washington, Connecticut. At 13 years old, Dunn left his family on Long Island to attend The Gunnery.[1]

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Dunn in the 37th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. He did not sign and attended Boston College to play college baseball for the Boston College Eagles.[2] As an 18-year-old freshman in 2014, Dunn pitched ​12 13 innings. He went 1–1 with a 7.30 earned run average (ERA) and 12 strikeouts. As a sophomore, he appeared in 20 games with three starts. A month into the season he became the team's closer. He finished the year 4–4 with a 4.94 ERA, 46 strikeouts and five saves. Dunn started his junior year as the closer, but was moved into the starting rotation during the season. He recorded a 2.06 ERA with a 4–2 record in his junior season.[3][4][5]

New York Mets[edit]

Dunn was drafted by the New York Mets in the first round of the 2016 MLB draft. He signed with the Mets and was assigned to the Brooklyn Cyclones, where he spent all of 2016, posting a 1–1 record with a 1.50 ERA in 11 games (eight starts). He spent 2017 with the St. Lucie Mets where he went 5–6 with a 5.00 ERA in 20 games (16 starts).[6]

MLB.com ranked Dunn as New York's third best prospect going into the 2018 season.[7] He began the season with St. Lucie and was promoted to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies during the year. In 24 starts between the two clubs, Dunn was 8–8 with a 3.59 ERA.[8]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On December 3, 2018, the Mets traded Dunn, Jay Bruce, Jarred Kelenic, Anthony Swarzak, and Gerson Bautista to the Seattle Mariners for Edwin Díaz, Robinson Canó, and $20 million.[9] He spent 2019 with the Arkansas Travelers,[10] going 9–5 with a 3.55 ERA over 25 starts. He was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game.[11]

The Mariners selected Dunn's contract and promoted him to the major leagues on September 10, 2019.[12] He made his major league debut on September 12 versus the Cincinnati Reds, allowing two runs over ​23 of an inning.[13]


  1. ^ McCarron, Anthony (June 19, 2016). "Mets 1st-rounder Justin Dunn showed pitching prowess at young age". NY Daily News. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Gregory, Richard (June 8, 2013). "Players with Danbury ties selected in MLB Draft; Orioles pick WCSU's Bierfeldt". Danbury News Times. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  3. ^ User, Migration. "Ex-closer Justin Dunn looks to get Boston College started in NCAA tournament". Bostonherald.com. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  4. ^ BY ROD WALKER rwalker@theadvocate.com (June 3, 2016). "Walker: Boston College pitcher Justin Dunn shows why he's a first-round talent". Theadvocate.com. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  5. ^ 'Our backs are to the wall' after Justin Dunn overpowers Tulane[dead link]
  6. ^ "Justin Dunn Stats, Highlights, Bio – MiLB.com Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  7. ^ "Gimenez leads new Mets Top 30 Prospects list". MLB.com. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Justin Dunn Stats, Highlights, Bio – MiLB.com Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "It's official: Mariners trade Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz to the Mets in blockbuster seven-player swap". The Seattle Times. December 3, 2018. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  10. ^ Christian Boutwell (April 4, 2019). "Arkansas Travelers top prospects". arkansasonline.com. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  11. ^ Jim Callis (June 28, 2019). "Here are the 2019 Futures Game rosters". MLB.com. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  12. ^ MarinersPR (September 10, 2019). "Mariners Select Justin Dunn, Kyle Lewis, Donnie Walton and Art Warren from AA Arkansas". MLB.com. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  13. ^ Lauren Smith (September 13, 2019). "Mariners debut pitching prospects Dunn, Warren against Reds". The News Tribune. Retrieved September 13, 2019.

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