Mets pitching prospect Justin Dunn is continuing to dominate for Double-A Binghamton as his reclamation rolls on.
Dunn, who may have been pushed a bit too fast and struggled for High-A St. Lucie last season, had his longest and most dominant outing of the season on Tuesday night.
The 22-year-old allowed one run on two hits while walking two and striking out nine in 7.2 innings. He has now allowed one run or fewer in four of the five starts he's made since his promotion from St. Lucie.
Overall this season, Dunn has a 2.38 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 89 strikeouts in 79.1 innings.
"Dunn has explosive stuff, no doubt about it," Steve Spya of Amazin Avenue wrote about Dunn before the season. "His fastball sits in the low-to-mid-90s, topping out at 96 MPH. During his days as a reliever in college, his fastball could reach as high as 99 MPH, so Dunn does have the ability to reach back a little more when and if he feels like completely airing it out. ... He complements his fastball with a slider and a changeup, the former of which flashes plus and is his best secondary pitch. Sitting in the low-to-mid 80s, the slider has late, tight spin and a good amount of vertical drop. His changeup, meanwhile, has good velocity differential from his fastball and has late fade."
The Mets' first round pick in the MLB Draft in 2016, Dunn's stock is on the rise. Along with St. Lucie left-handers David Peterson and Anthony Kay, and Thomas Szapucki (working his way back from Tommy John surgery), Dunn is part of the Mets' next crop of high-upside starting pitchers.