Dunn will open Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Dunn got rocked in his debut, allowing two runs over two-thirds of an inning, but he'll get another chance to open ahead of Tommy Milone on Wednesday. He'll aim to show better command in his upcoming outing after issuing five walks Thursday.
Dunn allowed five walks and two runs in two-thirds of an inning against the the Reds on Thursday. He did not factor into the decision. Whether he was overcome by nervousness or simply a severe lack of control, Dunn struggled mightily to find the strike zone in his first big-league appearance, throwing only 14 of 37 pitches for strikes and walking five of the seven batters he faced. The only two hitters he retired produced sacrifice flies, and he was victimized by three stolen bases behind him. The 23-year-old struggled with his control throughout his minor-league career, compiling an 8.8 percent walk rate in 392.1 innings, though he showed some improvement this season by lowering that number to 7.1 percent in 131.2 frames. Dunn is likely to again serve as an opener Wednesday at Pittsburgh, but he'll need to demonstrate much better control in order to receive consideration for a spot in Seattle's rotation next season.
Dunn will start Thursday's game against the Reds and is expected to throw a couple innings, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Tommy Milone will relieve him after a couple of innings, and that piggyback setup could continue through the end of the regular season. This role will make it impossible for Dunn to qualify for a win, and he's not an elite pitching prospect by any means, so his fantasy value will be limited.
Dunn will work in combination with Tommy Milone every fifth day over the rest of the season, meaning he will pitch in Thursday's game against the Reds, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. It's unclear if Dunn will start or relieve in his debut, but it will essentially be a piggybacking situation. For fantasy purposes, it would be better for him to come in after Milone so that he could potentially qualify for a win. Dunn, who is one of Seattle's top pitching prospects, has a deceptive delivery and a few average-to-above-average pitches. He also logged a career-best 7.1 percent walk rate this year at Double-A. Dunn has thrown 131.2 innings and counting in 2019 and should spend the bulk of 2020 in the big-league rotation.
Dunn had his contract selected from Double-A Arkansas on Tuesday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Dunn posted a 3.55 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with a 158:39 K:BB over 131.2 innings this season as a starter, though he figures to head to the bullpen for the final few weeks of the season in Seattle.