1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Shawon Dunston

1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Shawon Dunston

Dunston had a cannon for an arm, and when controlled was throwing out baserunners that very few infielders could catch.  And while his speed gave him great range at shortstop, his wild arm sometimes got him into a bit of trouble too.  Dunston committed 205 errors during his professional career, and committed 12 or more errors 12 times.

Offensively, Dunston was able to hold his own against other shortstops in the league.  While not being known as a great contact or power hitter, he did show flashes of both skills quite often.  Dunston finished his career with a lifetime .269 batting average and 1,597 total hits.  His power numbers were decent as he collected 292 doubles and smacked 150 home runs.

Dunston was a 2-time All-Star. 

85T Dunston

6 out of 10.  Points earned for being a 2-time All-star and for collecting 150 home runs, 1,500+ hits, and stealing 212 bases. 

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3 responses to “1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Shawon Dunston

  1. Dunston seems to have a lot of detractors, but overall I remember him as a good ballplayer. Not everyone is an Ozzie Smith.

  2. I’m really surprised no one tried to turn him into an outfielder. Seems that arm of his would have been better served gunning guys down from the warning track like Jesse Barfield or Dave Winfield.

  3. Love this card, just picked it up a few months ago. Hard to believe the Cubs drafted him in front of Roger Clemens.

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