SEATTLE – Former Boston College baseball player Justin Dunn received his Major League Baseball call-up late Sunday by the Seattle Mariners‘ in anticipation of the team’s home series against the Cincinnati Reds. A 2016 first-round pick following an All-American season for the Eagles, Dunn is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the Mariners’ organization and No. 73 overall prospect in MLB by MLB.com.
Dunn started 25 games at Double-A for the Arkansas Travelers in his first season in Seattle’s farm system. He was traded in the offseason by the New York Mets for MLB All-Stars Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. Dunn, who was the Mets’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2018, posted a 3.55 earned run average, 9-5 record and 158 strikeouts in 131.2 innings pitched this season.
Drafted in the 37th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of The Gunnery School, Dunn opted for BC, where he pitched to a 9-7 record and 3.66 ERA in 45 career games. He moved into the rotation midway through his junior season and tallied a 4-2 record, 2.06 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 65.2 innings to earn All-ACC and Baseball America Third Team All-American.
Justin Dunn, the fifth first-round pick in Boston College history, becomes the season former Eagle in the major this season; following former teammate Chris Shaw, who debuted a year ago for the San Francisco Giants. Dunn is the 42nd BC player to reach the big leagues and the second from Mike Gambino‘s tenure as head coach.