A swingman on a 2016 Florida Gators pitching staff that included five future first-round picks and perhaps as many as nine future big league starters, Dunning interested the White Sox as a possible selection with their No. 26 overall pick in that Draft. They opted for Zack Burdi instead and the Nationals signed Dunning for $2 million at No. 29, but Chicago landed him six months later along with Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez in the Adam Eaton trade. He developed into the Sox's highest-floor pitching prospect before missing the final two months of the 2018 season with a strained elbow and undergoing Tommy John surgery this March.
Dunning has three different pitches that grade as plus at their best. He doesn't light up radar guns with a low-90s fastball that peaks at 96 mph, but it's a weapon because its heavy sink makes it hard to lift and he commands it so well to both sides of the plate. Some evaluators believe his curveball has surpassed his slider as his better breaking ball, and both offerings have plenty of depth and enough power.
Dunning's changeup gives him a fourth pitch that should be at least solid, though it's not quite as consistent as his others. He repeats his athletic delivery, provides a lot of strikes and has tremendous feel for his craft. Before his elbow gave out, he was on the verge of stepping into Chicago's rotation but now will miss all of 2019 and likely part of 2020.
Birmingham Barons placed RHP Dane Dunning on the 7-day injured list.
Birmingham Barons activated RHP Dane Dunning from the 7-day injured list.
Birmingham Barons placed RHP Dane Dunning on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 24, 2018.
RHP Dane Dunning assigned to Birmingham Barons from Winston-Salem Dash.
Chicago White Sox invited non-roster RHP Dane Dunning to spring training.
RHP Dane Dunning assigned to Winston-Salem Dash from Kannapolis Intimidators.
Chicago White Sox traded CF Adam Eaton to Washington Nationals for RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Reynaldo Lopez and RHP Dane Dunning.
RHP Dane Dunning assigned to Kannapolis Intimidators.
RHP Dane Dunning assigned to Auburn Doubledays from GCL Nationals.