Dunn Mowing Down Sally League

Michael Dunn has been lights out, pitching this season for the Charleston Riverdogs. In addition to being second in the South Atlantic League in wins with ten, Dunn is also fourth in strikeouts with 98 in just one hundred innings pitched.

The tremendous amount of strikeouts is somewhat of a surprise to Dunn himself, as he never really thought he was the type of pitcher that would be able to accumulate such a large amount of strikeouts.

"Last year was my first year pitching, and I couldn't really say whether or not I was a strikeout pitcher," said Michael Dunn. "Back in high school I would have to say that I was a strikeout pitcher, but I definitely didn't see myself being one."

Although he has the capability to throw strikeouts, and is obviously well at throwing them, Dunn tends to think of himself as a pitcher that goes after contact more than strikeouts.

"I always try to get contact early in the count, that's real important to me," stated Dunn. "Obviously, when I get two strikes in the count I go for the strikeout, but normally I am trying to pitch to contact."

Dunn's amazing strikeout to walk ratio, which is about four strikeouts for every one walk, can mainly be attributed to the control that he shows on his plus slider and his fastball.

"My fastball and my slider are really my go to pitches this season," asserted Dunn. "I feel that I can spot it up anywhere; inside, outside, up and down they are both all-around my best pitches."

Despite utilizing both his fastball and slider so well, Dunn insists that he could use more work on his changeup.

"My changeup is probably my weakest out of the three pitches that I use," Dunn contends. "I struggled with it in my last outing real bad, so I have been working on that a lot."

Even though he does not have the changeup that he would like right now, it is only a matter of time until he regains it, as it was one of his better pitches a season ago.

"I am trying to get my changeup back, last year it was one of my better pitches but I kind of lost it a bit this year, so I am getting my mechanics back and working on that."

In addition to his repertoire of pitches, Dunn attests that hard work is a major reason why he is having such a successful season for the Riverdogs.

"It's hard work every day you know, you need to come in and do everything that's required," said Dunn. "It's big to stay strong mentally and physically. I've been able to stay healthy, which has really helped."

With Dunn getting his changeup back and already having the control to consistently pitch a great fastball and a great slider, it should increase his ability to win games as well as his ability to continuously strike out opposing batters at a high rate.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nThe tremendous amount of strikeouts is somewhat of a surprise to Dunn himself, as he never really thought he was the type of pitcher that would be able to accumulate such a large amount of strikeouts.
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\r\n\"Last year was my first year pitching, and I couldn't really say whether or not I was a strikeout pitcher,\" said Michael Dunn. \"Back in high school I would have to say that I was a strikeout pitcher, but I definitely didn't see myself being one.\"
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\r\nAlthough he has the capability to throw strikeouts, and is obviously well at throwing them, Dunn tends to think of himself as a pitcher that goes after contact more than strikeouts.
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\r\n\"I always try to get contact early in the count, that's real important to me,\" stated Dunn. \"Obviously, when I get two strikes in the count I go for the strikeout, but normally I am trying to pitch to contact.\"
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\r\nDunn's amazing strikeout to walk ratio, which is about four strikeouts for every one walk, can mainly be attributed to the control that he shows on his plus slider and his fastball.
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\r\n\"My fastball and my slider are really my go to pitches this season,\" asserted Dunn. \"I feel that I can spot it up anywhere; inside, outside, up and down they are both all-around my best pitches.\"
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\r\nDespite utilizing both his fastball and slider so well, Dunn insists that he could use more work on his changeup.
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\r\n\"My changeup is probably my weakest out of the three pitches that I use,\" Dunn contends. \"I struggled with it in my last outing real bad, so I have been working on that a lot.\"
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\r\nEven though he does not have the changeup that he would like right now, it is only a matter of time until he regains it, as it was one of his better pitches a season ago.
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\r\n\"I am trying to get my changeup back, last year it was one of my better pitches but I kind of lost it a bit this year, so I am getting my mechanics back and working on that.\"
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\r\nIn addition to his repertoire of pitches, Dunn attests that hard work is a major reason why he is having such a successful season for the Riverdogs.
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\r\n\"It's hard work every day you know, you need to come in and do everything that's required,\" said Dunn. \"It's big to stay strong mentally and physically. I've been able to stay healthy, which has really helped.\"
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\r\nWith Dunn getting his changeup back and already having the control to consistently pitch a great fastball and a great slider, it should increase his ability to win games as well as his ability to continuously strike out opposing batters at a high rate.
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