Reporters talk about Mike Dunn

Here are the thoughts of a few reporters on Mike Dunn, acquired by Atlanta from the Yankees on Tuesday.

John Manuel of Baseball America:
Dunn is ready to help a major league bullpen in 2010. He's a former two-way player in junior college who started out as a hitter, but the Yanks always saw him as a power reliever. He's touched 97-98 mph with his fastball and pitches comfortably in the 93-94 mph range. His slider is more notable for its power than it's depth. He's got some similarities to Alan Embree and also to Phil Coke, whom the Yanks had in their bullpen last year. He's got more power and less command than Coke, but he should be a solid lefty reliever.

Patrick Teale of Pinstripes Plus, part of the Network:
Dunn is downright nasty stuff-wise. He can throw a mid-90's fastball and his slider is absolutely devastating. His biggest problem since moving into the pen has been walking too many batters. However, unlike most pitchers who might suffer from significant mechanical problems which lead to high walks, Dunn's problem is more correctable. He simply gets a little too amped up on the mound and tries to overthrow his fastball when he'd be better served pitching more to location - which he has the ability to do - rather than trying to throw it through a brick wall.

Mark Healey of Gotham
Dunn was the left-hander they kept out of the Granderson deal. The Yankees selected Dunn as an outfielder in the 33rd round of the 2004 draft, and he signed in 2005 as a draft-and-follow player. Shortly after Dunn, they converted him into a pitcher. 24 years old, good stuff, great kid. but IMO, a throw-in.

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