Originally Posted by M2
Certainly he's no Carl Crawford out there, but he's better than he was last year. He's not elegant, nor terribly instinctive, but he can cover a decent amount of ground when he gets a bead on a ball and his arm is pretty good for the position (traditionally a weak armed position).
I come to the same conclusion that you do about Dunn, but I arrive there differently. You're right that his arm is decent for the position, but I find it inconsistent (strong, but up and down on accuracy). I do think his instincts are good, his running instincts at least (as opposed to reading the ball off the bat). Dunn has good instinctual feet. He's a very underrated baserunner. I've always said this, and nobody ever agrees with me.
Pedro brought up the point a few weeks ago of how overlooked Dunn's size is. His size should be considered when evaluating every aspect of his game and it very rarely is. Hence he's inelegant, but not necessarily ineffective. It's not to say that Dunn should be allowed certain free passes due to his size -- it's a team sport and he needs to be effective for the team's sake regardless of how he gets there -- but a more thorough consideration of his size and, from a coaching standpoint, a true study of how it affects his game would allow him to be best understood and coached and most effectively used. I think he is most effectively used in left field, though.