Blake Dunn entered the 2023 season having played in just 38 games – including rehab games – in his professional career despite having been drafted in 2021. Injuries had kept him off of the field and from finding any sort of consistent playing time. He had performed well when he was on the field, but he simply couldn’t stay on the field.
This season has seen Dunn stay healthy and he’s kept on performing. The season started for the outfielder in Dayton where he started out hot and played in 47 games in the Midwest League, hitting .276/.411/.460 with 19 stolen bases in 22 attempts. That was enough for the Reds staff to say that they had seen enough and promote him up to Double-A Chattanooga.
Dunn started out 1-12 for the Lookouts in his first three games. He then ran off an 11-game hitting streak and he hasn’t looked back. Last night while in Birmingham in the series opener he went 4-5 with a triple, home run, and two stolen bases. He led the game off with a home run, then tripled. After showing off the power, he laid down a bunt for his third hit on the night before capping things off with a line drive single up the middle.
While Blake Dunn had a good run with High-A Dayton, he’s taken it to another level while in Double-A Chattanooga. Following his 4-hit night on Tuesday, Dunn is now hitting .349/.427/.504 in the Southern League through 32 games. He’s also now stolen 18 bases in 19 tries. That makes him 37-for-41 on the season. In his career he’s now 62-for-67 in 127 games.
Between his two stops this season, Dunn has played 79 games and is hitting .308/.418/.480. That’s come with 10 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs, 35 walks, and 80 strikeouts in 353 plate appearances.
Catching up with the draft
There is less than one week before the signing deadline for the 2023 Major League Baseball draft.
Cincinnati has signed 15 of their first 17 draft picks. 4th round pick Cole Schoenwetter and 14th rounder Kyle Henley have not signed. The Reds have also not signed any of their picks between the 17th and 20th rounds.
With just one unsigned player in the top 10 rounds, the club is $815,900 under their pool amount. In theory that would leave them with $1,456,200 to spend to sign Schoenwetter and not face any sort of penalties. Of course they could spend less than that, and use any additional money to try and entice someone beyond the 10th round to sign. Anything spent beyond $150,000 on a player beyond round 10 counts towards the bonus pool allotment.
If you want to keep track of the signings, bonuses, and all of that – check out the Cincinnati Reds Draft Tracker right here.