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As recently as the last few days ago a majority of Yankees fans likely haven’t heard of Mike Dunn, which is reasonable since he only pitched 4 innings for the Yankees this year. In the Yankees 3 way trade for Curtis Granderson, the Detroit Tigers originally wanted Mike Dunn, however, the Yankees did not want to trade him for Granderson.

If you have been following Zell’s and read our forums, you would know that I am high as a kite on Dunn and so are the Yankees. Dunn is a 24 year old power lefty that throws a mid-90’s fastball and also features a slider and change up.

Dunn was originally drafted in 2003 by the Houston Astros, but did not sign and thus was drafted as the 999th overall pick in the 2004 draft by the New  York Yankees. Originally an outfielder by trade, the Yankees in their infinite wisdom converted him into a pitcher because he couldn’t hit himself out of a wet paper bag. He did not make his pitching debut until 2006 in the Gulf Coast League. In his 4 years in the Minor Leagues, he had an era of 3.62 in 375.1 innings with 390 K’s with 166 BB’s. In 2008, Dunn was added to the 40-man roster to be protected from those filthy prospect hungry teams in the Rule 5 Draft.

Tommy Phelps, Trenton Thunder pitching coach had this to say about him earlier this year:

Another power, left-handed arm.  He’s got a really good slider and a really good changeup, too.  Them having him as a starter has prepared him well to be long relief or a lefty-lefty situational guy, because he’s got three pitches he can use to both hitters.  He goes out there and he attacks hitters, he’s not afraid.  I think he had one game where he had a few walks, but other than that, he goes right after them.  He’s real aggressive.

Dunn pitched 4 years in the minor leagues before getting the call to come up to the Majors in September 2009. While his short time in the Major Leagues wasn’t that great as he allowed 3 ER’s, 5 BB’s in 4 innings. However, being a power lefty and having the ability to strike out batters in bunches certainly appeals to the Yankees and most major league teams, however they have to deal with his occasional wildness. Considering he’s a converted outfielder, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, for now.

In the trade for Granderson, it is of my opinion that the Yankees might have not traded Phil Coke if they didn’t have Mike Dunn waiting in the wings in AAA. It is likely that the Yankees will break camp in 2009 with Mike Dunn in their bullpen and if not, it won’t be too long until he receives the call for good.

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