2013 Dodger draft profiles: RHP Justin Dunn, 37th round

The 37th selection of the Dodgers was Justin Dunn, a high school pitcher from Connecticut

Summary: 37th round pick Justin Dunn was drafted out of The Gunnery School in Connecticut as a right handed pitcher. Dunn is listed at 6'1", 170 pounds and at 17.75 years he is the youngest player drafted by the Dodgers this year.

Background information: Justin is a New York native, but attended a college prep boarding school in Connecticut where he played four years of varsity baseball. He was the captain of the team in 2013, and earned Northeast All-Region honors. He capped his high school career with a couple of outstanding performances as he pitched a 2-hitter in early May, then followed that up with a 15 strikeout performance a week later. He has committed to play baseball at Boston College in the fall.

Scouting report: Dunn was profiled by Perfect game, so I'll summarize their scouting report here. Justin is an athletic player who worked both as a pitcher and an infielder prior to being drafted. As a hitter he has good bat speed and has shown the potential to be a switch hitter, but the Dodgers wanted him for his arm. On the mound Justin can touch 90 mph with his fastball and apparently has a hard curveball that could become a plus pitch. He also mixes in a change up every now and then. For those that want to take a closer look, here is a link to his YouTube page that has a bunch of videos of him throwing and hitting.

Signing Status: As mentioned Dunn has committed to Boston College and has been described as a good student, so he's going to be a tough sign. Add in the fact that he was drafted so late and seems to have the type of stuff on the mound that is only going to improve as he matures, I've got to believe that he'd be selected in a much lower round after spending 3 years in college. That being said if the Dodgers offer him a big enough bonus and possibly even offer to pay for some of his college after his playing days are done, they might be able to reach an agreement with Justin.

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