Steven Robert Dunn
(born April 18, 1970 in Champaign, Illinois
) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman
. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins
in the 4th round of the 1988 amateur draft
, and played for the Twins in 1994 and 1995.
Dunn attended Robinson Secondary School
in Fairfax, Virginia
from 1984 to 1988 where he earned Washington Post
All-Metropolitan Baseball honors in 1987 and 1988. Dunn was a top 10 Baseball America
magazine prospect in 1988, but had committed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
prior to the 1988 amateur draft which resulted in his slide to the 4th round. After attending a Minnesota Twins
game in which he took batting and fielding practice with the team prior to the game, Dunn rescinded his commitment to UNC and signed with Twins for a $100,000 signing bonus.
In nine minor league
seasons (1988–1996) Dunn put up consistently good numbers each year, and had a total of 110 home runs
, 587 runs batted in
, and a .283 batting average
. Both in 1994 and 1995 he hit over .300 for the Salt Lake Buzz
of the Pacific Coast League
, earning call-ups to Minnesota.
He made his major league debut
on May 3, 1994, starting a game against the Milwaukee Brewers
at County Stadium
. He went 2-for-4 with a single
against Bill Wegman
and a double
against Mike Fetters
. The Twins lost, however, 7-6.
In a total of 19 big league games he hit .195 (8-for-41) with five doubles and four RBI. In 15 appearances at first base
he had a fielding percentage
of .990. The... Read More