Dunning brothers together in Chicago

By Randy Lefko
Posted 7/13/17

CHICAGO - Clay High baseball got a fleeting double-dose of Major League Baseball luck with the connection of the Dunning brothers; Dane and Jake, as the Chicago White Sox recently put the two …

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Dunning brothers together in Chicago

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CHICAGO - Clay High baseball got a fleeting double-dose of Major League Baseball luck with the connection of the Dunning brothers; Dane and Jake, as the Chicago White Sox recently put the two flamethrowing pitchers together in their minor league system, but the moment lasted just three months.

Dane Dunning, 22 years old and six years younger than Jake, joined his brother in the White Sox farm league with the A-Kannapolis Intimidators in December trade before being promoted to A-Advanced Winston-Salem in April. Dunning responded with five innings of shutout ball en route to a 1-0 Dash win over the Lynchburg Hillcats of Virginia in his first outing. Dunning is listed as a top 10 prospect in the Chicago White Sox farm league, according to a White Sox Top Prospect Report of July 7 on Chicagonow.com.

Jake Dunning, drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2009 in the 33rd round, was signed to a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox on March 5, 2017, but was released June 29 from their Charlotte affiliate. On June 17, he was injured before being released in June. Dunning, who played college ball at Indiana and also Florida State College at Jacksonville, did make it to the Majors and pitched for the Giants in 2014 and 2013, but has incurred injuries recently.

Dane Dunning, who pitched masterfully for the Kannapolis Intimidators in North Carolina, reported to Winston-Salem with a recent White Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Month award for April with the hard-throwing slinger allowing just three hits and one walk with five strikeouts in his Dash debut.

Dunning, drafted by the Washington Nationals 29th overall in the second round out of the University of Florida, but traded

recently to Chicago for an outfielder, has not allowed an earned run in 30.1 innings between Kannapolis and Winston-Salem. His last earned run was April 8 against Lakewood in a game with Kannapolis.

After being drafted by the Nationals last year, Dunning’s last session with brother Jake was some off-season throwing and catching over the summer.

In an article in the Chicago Tribune by Colleen Kane, Dunning commented that Jake offered experience advice to his younger brother.

“(He told me) that I can only control what I can control, to not stress about things that happen during the game, because anything can happen,” Dane Dunning said.

“That’s one of the biggest things when you get runners on or it’s a tight situation, you still have to throw strikes. You still have to let your defense make plays.”

After eight years with the Giants organization mostly as a reliever, Jake Dunning, now a free agent, joined the Sox as a minor-league free agent this offseason. He appeared in 29 games with the Giants in 2013 with a 2.84 ERA in 25.1 innings pitched with 16 strikeouts and 20 hits allowed and one game in 2014.

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