The Mets announced the signing of first-round pick Justin Dunn, a righty out of Boston College. The 19th overall selection will receive an at-slot bonus of $2,378,800, per MLB.com’s Jim Callis (via Twitter).
Dunn rated as high as 14th among draft-eligible prospects, with ESPN.com giving him that lofty rating. He showed a big-time fastball from the pen and continued to show promise in a starting role after a mid-season shift. He features both velocity and movement on the heater, with a promising slider, usable curve, and developing change also in the quiver.
Others didn’t view him quite as highly, based in part on a relatively small frame and questionable command. Baseball America had him 22nd on its board, while MLB.com rated him 29th. Still, all recognize that he has a chance to turn into quite an interesting starter — with a back-up plan, perhaps, of featuring as a high-octane reliever.