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Justin Dunn, Mets Pitching Prospect, Grows Up and Moves Closer to Home

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Justin Dunn took the mound for the Mets’ short-season Class A affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones, on Sunday, less than 30 miles from his hometown, Freeport, N.Y.

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Uli Seit for The New York Times

Justin Dunn used to sleep with his glove. And he had known from age 7 that he wanted to get to where he was now, on the mound, pitching in a professional baseball game.

Dunn had been selected by the Mets as their first-round draft pick last month and now found himself in the uniform of the minor league Brooklyn Cyclones in his home debut for the seventh inning. In the stands were about 20 family members.

“It was good to be able to pitch in front of them,” said Dunn, the 19th overall selection and a Boston College product, who got the 4-3 win over the Hudson Valley Renegades. “A lot of people haven’t seen me pitch since I was young, from my family.”

They have missed a lot.

Though he is from Freeport, N.Y., less than 30 miles from the mound he was standing on, Dunn has come a long way.

Jeff Trundy, his baseball coach at the Gunnery in Connecticut, the private…

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