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Full Name: Adam Troy Dunn Primary Position: OF,LF
Height/Weight: 6' 6"/270 First Game: July 20, 2001
Birthdate: November 9, 1979 MLB Experience: 6 years
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Bat/Throw: Left/Right


Biography

Adam Troy Dunn (born November 9, 1979 in Houston, Texas,) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

In his five-season career, Dunn owns a .901 OPS with 158 home runs and 374 runs-batted-in in 501 games.

He was elected to the 2002 National League All-Stars team.

At six feet, six inches in height and weighing 275 pounds, Dunn, who is one of the National League's most feared sluggers, invites frequent comparisons to Mark McGwire. However, the consensus among baseball pundits and fans is that Dunn is far more athletic than McGwire.

Adam Dunn's most productive season came in 2004, when he posted career highs in batting average (.266), home runs (46), RBI (102), runs (105), hits (151), doubles (34), on base percentage (.388), slugging average (.569) and OPS (.957).

Dunn made his Major League debut on July 20, 2001 and set a National League rookie record for the most home runs in a month by hitting 12 in August. On September 30, 2004, Dunn once again got his name in Major League Baseball's record book — albeit not in the manner he wished. That day, Dunn struck out three times against Chicago Cubs right-hander Mark Prior, raising his season total to 191 and surpassing Bobby Bonds' single season strikeout record of 189, set in 1970. He finished the season with 195 strikeouts.

Dunn's 46 longballs in 2004 were the fourth most in Cincinnati Reds history. That year, he joined Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan as the only Reds players to score 100 runs, drive in 100 runs, and draw 100 walks in a single season. Dunn repeated the feat the following season.

Despite the high strikeout total, Dunn often exhibits good plate discipline. He is among the major league leaders every season in number of pitches per at-bat, an indication that he generally knows when to swing and when not to. Although his career batting average is .249, he has compiled a robust .382 on-base percentage while striking out about ten times for every six walks.


Position changes

In December, 2005, Reds manager Jerry Narron informed the press that, due to the trade of popular first baseman Sean Casey to the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-handed pitcher Dave Williams, Adam Dunn would be moving to first base for the 2006 season. However, with the acquisition of free agent first baseman Scott Hatteberg (who played for the Oakland Athletics in 2005) during spring training and the March 20th trade of outfielder Wily Mo Pena to the Boston Red Sox for right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo, the plan to convert Dunn was scrapped and, to date, he has played only one game there. Currently, first base duties are presently handled by a platoon of the left-handed hitting Hatteberg and the right-handed hitting Rich Aurilia.

Interesting facts

  • In 2004 Dunn hit an estimated 535-foot home run off of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Jose Lima that cleared the stands at Great American Ball Park, bounced on Mehring Way and finally coming to rest on driftwood in the Ohio River. It ranks as one of the longest home runs of the last 30 years and has been rumored to be both the longest recorded shot in Major League Baseball history and the first one to travel to another state under its own power (Kentucky's state line is just beyond the Ohio shore.)
  • Dunn was one of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation, and was offered a full athletic scholarship to play at the University of Texas. However, when the school signed Chris Simms, son of former New York Giants' quarterback Phil Simms and coaches discussed moving Dunn to tight end, he opted to enter the MLB Draft instead. wrong was drafted by the reds out of high school in the 2nd round . spent the 1st summer in billing playing rookie ball.
  • In 2003, Dunn had three home runs, two walks and eight RBI in six plate appearances as a pinch-hitter, giving him a .833 on base percentage and 3.000 slugging percentage.
  • His nicknames are the Big Donkey, a joke about his speed, and Number One Dunner, a play-off the Big Tymers song Number One Stunner.

the nickname big donkey did not come from his speed. dunn was the 2nd fastest red in the reds organization while working his way up. (a guy by the name dion sanders was faster)


], when he slugged 46 home runs and knocked in 102 runs.

was an all-American high school QB out of new caney, Texas. ( same year carson palmer)

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2001 CIN N 66 244 54 64 19 43 .262 .371 .578 18 1 38 74 4 0 4 2 4
2002 CIN N 158 535 84 133 26 71 .249 .400 .454 28 2 128 170 9 1 19 13 8
2003 CIN N 116 381 70 82 27 57 .215 .354 .465 12 1 74 126 10 0 8 8 4
2004 CIN N 161 568 105 151 46 102 .266 .388 .569 34 0 108 195 5 0 6 11 8
2005 CIN N 160 543 107 134 40 101 .247 .387 .540 35 2 114 168 12 0 4 14 6
2006 CIN N 160 561 99 131 40 92 .234 .365 .490 24 0 112 194 6 1 7 12 8
2007 CIN N 152 522 101 138 40 106 .264 .386 .554 27 2 101 165 5 0 9 8 12
2008 CIN N 114 373 58 87 32 74 .233 .373 .528 14 0 80 120 6 0 1 6 4
2008 ARI N 44 144 21 35 8 26 .243 .417 .472 9 0 42 44 1 0 1 7 3
2008 TOT N 158 517 79 122 40 100 .236 .386 .513 23 0 122 164 7 0 2 13 7
Total 1131 3871 699 955 278 672 .247 .381 .518 201 8 797 1256 58 2 59 81 57

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2001 CIN N RF 38 38 312.1 86 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .978
2001 CIN N LF 30 25 226.2 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2001 CIN N OF 63 63 539 136 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .986
2002 CIN N RF 17 9 82.1 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .909
2002 CIN N LF 112 104 905 192 8 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 .962
2002 CIN N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 CIN N 1B 44 37 352 360 22 6 30 0 0 0 0 0 .985
2002 CIN N OF 118 113 987.1 200 10 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 .959
2003 CIN N LF 99 98 830.1 205 5 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 .959
2003 CIN N DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2003 CIN N 1B 19 7 84.2 81 8 1 10 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2003 CIN N OF 102 100 854.2 208 5 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 .955
2003 CIN N RF 4 2 24.1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .750
2004 CIN N 1B 10 9 58.2 76 4 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 CIN N OF 156 146 1327.1 250 10 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 .970
2004 CIN N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2004 CIN N LF 156 146 1327.1 250 10 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 .970
2005 CIN N LF 133 126 1090.2 246 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .981
2005 CIN N 1B 33 27 251.1 244 11 4 31 0 0 0 0 0 .985
2005 CIN N OF 133 126 1090.2 246 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .981
2006 CIN N LF 156 156 1321 279 7 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 .960
2006 CIN N 1B 2 2 17 15 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .941
2006 CIN N OF 156 156 1321 279 7 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 .960
2006 CIN N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2007 CIN N OF 144 142 1189.2 244 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .976
2007 CIN N LF 144 142 1189.2 244 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .976
2007 CIN N DH 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2008 CIN N 110 110 915.2 191 5 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .966
2008 CIN N LF 110 110 915.2 191 5 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 .966
2008 CIN N DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2008 ARI N OF 31 30 247.2 48 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .980
2008 ARI N RF 23 22 182.2 29 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .967
2008 ARI N 1B 19 14 128 123 7 3 14 0 0 0 0 0 .977
2008 ARI N LF 9 8 65 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2008 TOT N OF 141 140 1163.1 239 5 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 .968
2008 TOT N LF 119 118 980.2 210 5 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 .968
Total 1B 127 96 891.2 899 53 15 92 0 0 0 0 0 .984
Total OF 1013 986 8473 1802 50 60 8 0 0 0 0 0 .969
Total DH 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 82 71 601.2 126 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .963
Total LF 949 915 7871.1 1676 45 55 7 0 0 0 0 0 .969

Transactions

  • Selected by Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the free-agent draft (June 2, 1998 - signed June 11, 1998).

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