Gunnery grad to make MLB debut Thursday night in Seattle
Justin Dunn, a 2013 graduate of The Gunnery, will make his Major League Baseball debut as the starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners Thursday night against the Cincinnati Reds.
“I really still haven’t figured out how to put it into words, other than that it’s just my childhood dream has come true,” Dunn told the MLB’s Greg Johns in an interview on Tuesday. “I’m excited to get out there and finally take the mound.”
A native of Freeport, N.Y., Dunn was a student and varsity baseball player at The Gunnery from 2009-13. After graduating from The Gunnery, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 37th round but opted to attend Boston College. In 2016, while pitching for BC, Dunn was selected by the New York Mets as the 19th pick in the first round of the MLB draft.
Gunnery faculty and alumni have monitored his trajectory, which briefly brought him back to Connecticut last summer, when he pitched for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
In an interview with ESPN Radio Network affiliate 710 AM ESPN Seattle in March, Dunn recalled what it was like when he first arrived at The Gunnery as a student.
“My parents dropped me off and it was something like you see in the movies where I stood in the window and watched them drive off and looked around my room like, is this real?” he told the radio station, recalling that he began to develop as a ballplayer at the school, where he was an infielder. “I didn’t throw that hard. I would have thought I was a shortstop. I think that’s where a lot of my athleticism comes from. My arm action comes from playing shortstop.”