Reds prospect Blake Dunn will be a serviceable major leaguer
Not every young prospect is destined to be a star, but being a serviceable major leaguer is not an insult. Several players have made a career out of being a serviceable major league player.
Former Cincinnati shortstop Kyle Farmer is a serviceable major league player. Current Reds catcher Luke Maile isn't a star, but he's a serviceable major leaguer that any number of general managers would love to have on their team.
Blake Dunn burst onto the scene this past season, and was arguably the best minor league performer in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Dunn hit .312/.425/.522 while splitting time between High-A Dayton and Double-A Chattanooga.
Dunn has plenty of power. The right-handed hitting outfield prospect smashed 23 homers and racked up 79 runs batted in while also stealing 54 bases in 2023. Did I mention that Dunn was taken in the 15th-round of the 2021 MLB Draft? These are numbers you'd expect from a first-rounder.
But there was a reason Blake Dunn didn't go in Round 1. While he had a very nice season in 2023 and will probably find his way to the big leagues next season, it's unfair to expect Dunn to be anything more than a serviceable major league ball player. Again, that's not an insult.
Look for the Cincinnati Reds to find a platoon role for Dunn by the middle of next season. Being a right-handed bat, Dunn could pair well with Jake Fraley or Will Benson as one of the team's corner outfielders.