Originally Posted by vaticanplum
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.
No VP I agree, he does have good feet when it comes to baserunning. And I understand that most teams will take the hit defensively to put a guy with a bat in LF. As far as his arm (he used to be a QB) it can't very weak, but his release point and his body lean are often way off when throwing which likely has alot to do with his accuracy.
But I have to ask myself (mainly because of the feet) why couldn't he play 1st base? Other than the obvious answer that he simply doesn't want to. And scouts have said he is awful over there. Well heck anybody would be that just had a few innings under their belt at that position.