Dane Dunning

Dane Dunning with the Dash (Clinton Cole / FutureSox)

Dane Dunning with the Dash (Clinton Cole / FutureSox)

Position: RHP
Born: 12/20/1994
Ht: 6'4'' Wt: 200
Acquired: Received from Washington in the Adam Eaton trade, 12/7/2016
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #10 - 2017 Preseason
  • #11 - 2017 Midseason
  • #7 - 2018 Preseason
  • #7 - 2018 Midseason
  • #6 - 2019 Preseason

FutureSox Media


  • #6 Prospect in the New York Penn League, Postseason 2016 (Baseball America)
  • #10 Prospect in the Carolina League, 2017 post-season (Baseball America)
  • Best Control in White Sox system, pre-season 2018 (Baseball America)
  • #82 Prospect in MLB, pre-season 2018 (Baseball America)
  • #92 Prospect in MLB, pre-season 2018 (MLB Pipeline)
  • #73 Prospect in MLB, Midseason 2018 (Baseball America)
  • #66 Prospect in MLB, Midseason 2018 (MLB Pipeline)

Scouting Report

Dunning was a starter at the University of Florida as a sophomore, but moved to the bullpen for the 2016 season due to the glut of available starters in a loaded rotation. He was very effective in that role, striking out 88 batters with just 12 walks while posting a 2.29 ERA over 78.2 innings. That was enough for the Nationals to select him 29th overall and immediately make him a starter. In his pro debut, Dunning overwhelmed Low-A hitters with a 2.02 ERA over 33.2 innings, striking out 29 and only walking 7. In 2017 with his new organization, Dunning was nearly unhittable in 4 starts with Kannapolis and was quickly promoted to A+ Winston-Salem, where he posted more strong numbers (3.51 ERA, 2.7 BB/9. 10.3 K/9) and found himself climbing top prospect lists across MLB. 2018 followed a similar pattern - 4 dominant starts (this time back with Winston-Salem) before being promoted (to AA Birmingham) where he showed well again. Unfortunately, after 11 solid starts at the level (2.76 ERA, 3.3 BB/9, 10.0 K/9), Dunning went down with an elbow sprain and missed the remainder of the season. The Sox report that Dane is back to 100% health now and going through a normal off-season routine.

Don't be fooled by the stint in the bullpen in college; Dunning has the build and the stuff to be a starter, as his pro career has shown. At 6'4'' and 200 pounds, he has ideal size and his height allows him to throw his plus fastball with lots of sink. He sits 92-93 MPH, but can run it up to 95 on occasion with good downhill plane. While trade package partners Giolito and Lopez feature plus curveballs for their secondary offering, Dunning's best breaking ball has generally been an above average mid-80's slider that has good break and tilt. Dunning's third pitch is a below average change-up that he rarely used as a reliever but has been working on as a starter. That curveball has made a return to his repertoire as well, specifically a spike variety, and it was showing promise in 2018. Because of his overall low college reps, all his pitches (especially the change-up) have considerable potential as he continues to start in the pro ranks. As you might gather from his stats, Dunning features plus control and fills up the zone with all his pitches. The White Sox were "very high" on Dunning during the draft process and scouted him several times. Dane has the potential to be a fast mover in the system because of an already polished repertoire and his impeccable command.

Major League Outlook: 3/4 starter
ETA: 2020

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