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Mets ink first-round pick, Long Island resident Justin Dunn for $2.38M

Freeport, New York, native Justin Dunn agreed to terms with the Mets on Tuesday. Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets agreed to terms with first-round pick Justin Dunn for a reported $2.3788 million signing bonus and will assign him to the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Dunn, a right-hander out of Boston College, was drafted with the 19th overall pick. He received the recommended payment for that draft slot.

He hails from Freeport on Long Island, although he played high school ball at a private school in Connecticut.

“I still live in Freeport. It’s about a 30-, 40-minute trip from here,” Dunn said. “So I came to Citi Field and Shea a lot over my years. I’ve loved the atmosphere ever since I was a little kid. It’s been one of my favorite stadiums to watch a game at.”

Still, Dunn acknowledged he was a Yankees fan growing up. He particularly rooted for Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.

College pitchers who had a heavy workload before signing typically only throw one inning every five days with the Cyclones during their first professional season. However, because Dunn began this season as Boston College’s closer before moving into the rotation midseason, Mets amateur scouting director Tommy Tanous said: “Justin is a little different circumstance. He did not pitch as many innings as most advanced college pitchers, so he may throw a little bit more.”

The Mets also announced the signing of their third-round pick, infielder Blake Tiberi out of the University of Louisville.

Tiberi faced Dunn during this year’s college season and offered this scouting report of the right-hander: “He’s got a running fastball. He threw me a few good changeups. He’s got a good breaker. It’s got plus depth and it’s pretty hard. He’s one of the toughest pitchers I faced this year. It was a good feeling knowing he’s going to be on my team when I was saw the draft board, so I don’t have to face him again.”

As for who won their head-to-head matchup this season in college, Dunn said: “I believe I did get him.”

“Twice,” Tiberi added.

Dunn joins Steven Matz and as-yet-unsigned left-hander Anthony Kay, a fellow Stony Brook product who went to UConn, as highly regarded Mets arms from Long Island.

“A lot of people think Long Island can’t play baseball, but look at the track record. You have Marcus [Stroman] and then you have Steven Matz, and they’re doing pretty well in the league,” Dunn said. “You have guys like Keith Osik that have played, and other guys. This is something that should be known, that Long Island can play. I’m just happy to have my little part of it.”