Western Michigan outfielder Blake Dunn has been selected by the Cincinnati Reds at round 15, pick 18 (450 overall) in the MLB Draft.
Dunn starred at WMU, hitting .333 with 54 walks, 26 doubles, and 11 home runs in 135 games with the Broncos. Those results powered him to a .905 OPS, and he slashed .305/.474/.576 this season with four home runs in just 27 games, 20 starts due to a hamate bone injury in his left hand suffered in the first game of the year.
The most impressive part of Dunn’s game, however, is his speed and athleticism that make him a great baserunner and potentially a plus defender in center field. He stole 50 bases at WMU, including 30 in 2019, which at the time was one off of the school record before teammate Connor Charping broke the single-season record with 32 swipes in 2021.
Dunn was a four-sport star in high school at Saugatuck, winning six state championships in hurdles, becoming the second-leading scorer in state history in football with 827 points, and scoring 51 points in a single basketball game along with his performance on the baseball field.
Dunn had potential to be drafted in 2020, but a poor performance in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2019 (.229/.338/.298) with 14 stolen bases in 40 games along with just a five-round draft left him on the outside looking in. After being a preseason MAC Player of the Year pick by D1Baseball, his hamate bone injury prevented him from moving up draft boards in 2021.
Western Michigan has produced 35 MLB players in its history, including 2016 second-round pick Keegan Akin currently with the Baltimore Orioles.