3. RHP Justin Dunn
Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Slider: 55 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50
MLB Player Comparison: ex-Royals RHP Yordano VenturaJustin Dunn’s fastball is Yordano Ventura-esque, but his control may someday surpass what Ventura’s was.
His breaking balls are all near a major league level, though his changeup does need some work. Pure velocity, movement and pitching talent are his current strengths, and if his control can catch up to them, he’ll be seeing Citi Field in no time.
Dunn bypassed the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2013 draft to attend Boston College and, in doing so, fell to the Mets in the first round of the 2016 draft. His refined college approach has risen his stock to new levels, making him likely better than he would’ve been now if he had come out of high school.
Some scouts profile him as a future reliever or closer, but he started eight games at Low-A last season and appears determined to be in the rotation for the duration of his Mets career.