Baseball America released its latest Mock Draft, and a familiar face continues to creep up the board.
According to the publication, right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn would be picked 11th overall by the Seattle Mariners. In the mock draft, the Freeport, New York native would become the third righty and fifth pitcher taken in the draft.
It was originally thought that Dunn would go to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who drafted him out of high school in the 32nd round. But the Dodgers don't pick before the 20th pick, and while Dunn's been predicted to fall to them in earlier mock drafts, he's unlikely now to make it to the 20th pick. Dunn's also been projected to LA at the 32nd overall pick.
If Dunn isn't picked by Seattle, it's possible the Boston Red Sox would have a shot to pick the homegrown product. Picking 12th overall, Baseball America predicts they would take Louisville's Zack Burdi, also a righty. Burdi won six games last year in 20 appearances, saving nine with an ERA of just 0.92. This year, he's led the Cardinals with 10 saves, going 1-2 in 24 games with a 2.08 ERA.
Burdi is considered, like Dunn, to be major league ready in his abilities, and he could be considered for a major league position when rosters expand in September. For a team like Boston, who could be looking for another arm to pitch in front of closer Craig Kimbrel, that could be an option, as BA points out.
If Dunn is available, his 98-mph fastball ability could be enticing, especially given the Boston connection.
If the NCAA selects Boston College for the tournament, one of the juicy storylines will be on when Dunn hits the mound. The Eagles pitching staff will be fully rested, meaning Dunn would pitch BC's second game in the bracket. If BC loses the hypothetical first game, that means he would be pitching to avoid elimination, much in the way he did against Georgia Tech in the first game of the doubleheader. If BC wins their hypothetical first game, Dunn could conceivably be pitching against a national powerhouse program like Mississippi State with the chance to advance to the Regional Final - where the winner would have a loss to give in a potential doubleheader.
The regionals represent the final appearance for prospects before the MLB Draft. The draft occurs during the Super Regionals weekend, with the first day of the draft taking place on Thursday, June 9th.