For the past few years, the New York Mets have been known for their pitching rotation. They currently have Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler as some of the key starters in the rotation. Steven Matz is supposed to be a key starter in the rotation, but he never seems to stay healthy.
Because of that, it will open up some spots for the rotation in the near future. Is right-handed pitching prospect Justin Dunn ready to fulfill that spot?
He is the fourth ranked prospect in the New York Mets farm system and he is the 97th best prospect in baseball. Justin Dunn is currently playing in Double-A with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and he is projected to reach the majors in 2019.
Justin Dunn had a lot of command and control problems last season and it seemed as if he was on pace to be another New York Mets bust in the farm system. Dunn was the 19th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.
In 2017 with the Port St. Luice Mets in High-A, Dunn gave up 101 hits and 66 runs, in 95.1 innings pitched. He also walked 48 batters and Dunn only struck out 75. Dunn’s record was 5-6 with a 5.00 ERA.
In 2018, it is a different story with him. He has fixed his mechanics big time and in 107.1 innings pitched, Dunn has given up 99 hits and 47. He has only walked 36 batters and has struck out 120. Justin Dunn’s record is 7-7 with a 2.93 ERA.
Dunn throws in the mid 90’s and he has an effective slider and changeup. His work ethic will allow him a chance to be a part of the New York Mets rotation some time next season. Justin Dunn will probably be invited to spring training in 2019.
The New York Mets starting rotation in 2019 will most likely be: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, and Corey Oswalt.
Chris Flexen has pitched in a few MLB games, but he is showing no signs of being a major league pitcher even though Flexen is only 24 years old.
Jason Vargas has been awful for the Mets this season and he is under contract for one more season. A move to the bullpen would be better off for him.
Justin Dunn is 22 years old and his upside is either a very good third or fourth starter. The New York Mets will keep a close eye on him throughout the rest of the of the season and spring training in 2019.
If he isn’t with New York to start the 2019 season, Dunn will either get a quick stint with Double-A or head to Triple-A. The Mets Triple-A team will be relocated to Syracuse for the start of the 2019 season. Justin Dunn will be a part of the Mets rotation in the future and I think it will be in the middle of 2019.
As long as he continues to stay focused and not get wild with his pitches, Justin Dunn will be very good.