Oliver Dunn, 2B
Oliver Dunn had a great first season in the Phillies organization and continued that into a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. In 13 games (50 at-bats), Dunn has two home runs, four triples, nine RBI, 11 runs scored and nine stolen bases.
The 26-year-old has been by far the most dynamic Phillies' hitter and leads the Scorpions in batting average (.340), on-base percentage (.459) and slugging percentage (.680). His .680 SLG puts him fourth overall on the AFL, while his 1.139 OPS ranks him fifth.
To date, the highlight of his AFL season came last Wednesday, Oct. 19, when the Phillies' hitters carried the Scorpions to a 9-8 walk-off victory. Hitting out of the lead-off spot, Dunn was instrumental in the victory, going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, three runs scored and the game-winning RBI on a walk-off walk (one of his two free passes on the night).
"Tough AB. I was looking for something more over the middle part of the plate just because he was cutting in, and he was just missing off," Dunn said after the game. "That's my first walk-off ever, let alone walk-off walk."
In 119 games with Double-A Reading, the former 11th-round draft pick slashed .271/.396/.506 with 21 home runs and 16 stolen bases.
As Dykstra points out: "That’s an especially solid performance for a player who moved from the Yankees to the Phillies in the Minor League portion of last offseason’s Rule 5 Draft."
"I'm really grateful to the Phillies," Dunn said, per Dykstra. "This was a great opportunity for me, getting to play every day. They've treated me awesome. I have nothing but good things to say about the Phillies."
Dunn isn't currently ranked in the Phillies Top 30 prospects by MLB Pipeline, but that may change after his 2023 season.