Justin Dunn '13 Selected in First Round of MLB Draft
On Thursday, June 9, surrounded by his teammates and friends, Justin Dunn ’13, watched as he was selected by the New York Mets with the 19th pick in the First Round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. Dunn was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 37th round in 2013 but decided to attend Boston College.
“The Gunnery has been everything for me,” said Justin. “The Gunnery set me up to succeed not only in college but in life. I have maintained a lot of friendships from my time there. A lot of the texts and congratulations I heard after the draft last night were from my friends at The Gunnery. Coach Trundy, Mr. Small and Mr. Martin and everyone at the school was huge in the development of me being who I am today. Coming in as a freshman I wasn’t very good at baseball and a lot of where I am today is from them. Coach Trundy preaches to respect your teammates, the game and to work to get better every day. I think that mentality that I have carried with me is what separates me from a lot of other players."
The Eagles junior righthanded pitcher burst onto the prospect scene earlier this year after facing The Boston Red Sox in a Spring Training game retiring Mookie Betts and Justin Pedroia. His performance during that game and the course of his junior season garnered attention from scouts and baseball writers like Peter Gammons, who, in April, tweeted “Bigtime buzz on Boston College(and The Gunnery School) RHP Justin Dunn going in the first round of the June draft.”
“My happiness goes beyond words for Justin and his family,” said Jeffrey Trundy, Head Varsity Baseball Coach at The Gunnery. “It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication from Justin and a lot of love and support from his family. When I think of Justin, I think of him as the 5’5” 110 lb freshman that I saw when he came on campus for the first time, but he had great mechanics and his arm just really worked. To see his career come to fruition is truly amazing. What stood out the most to me about him was how focused he was when his coaches were giving him feedback. He zeroed in on them, and that impressed me. He has maintained the mentality of putting the team first which I think makes him stand out as a player. I am extremely proud of him.”
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.