FSU baseball lost starting pitcher Ross Dunn to the transfer portal shortly after the season-ending loss against UCLA. Dunn won the Sunday starter role coming out of the preseason.
One of the most electric arms on the staff with a fastball in the mid-90s. Dunn made 11 starts and appeared in five more games out of the bullpen, after losing the Sunday starter spot.
Dunn looked unhittable at times and, at other times, looked as if he had no control or confidence in himself to get batters out. Dunn finished the season with a 4.88 ERA, and a 2-4 record in 48 innings.
He allowed 42 hits, 26 walks, and 77 strikeouts, with opposing batters hitting .230. As inconsistent as he was, he was too talented of an arm to go unnoticed, and he’s apparently found a new home at Arizona State:
I wasn’t surprised he entered the portal with how he performed this season. However, I’m happy Ross Dunn found a new home, and hopefully, the fresh start can help him find success.
The move back out west makes sense, with Dunn originally hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah. The Sun Devils were under .500 this season, and their pitching staff had an ERA over six. The averaged fewer than a strikeout per inning, and opposing batters hit .301 against them.
The gamble to add Ross Dunn is worth it, considering how bad their pitching staff is at the moment. He has a major league arm, but he’ll need to get himself right mentally if he wants to find some success.
I wrote about his struggles and how he seemed mentally fragile when facing adversity. He seemed more comfortable out of the bullpen and was lights out in that position a few times this year. Also, the Pac-12 is a step down competition wise compared to the ACC, especially offensively.
Good luck to Ross at Arizona State.