Preseason Countdown #25: 2018 Offensive MVP

Before former Maryland second baseman Nick Dunn was drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 MLB Draft, he led Maryland baseball in seven offensive categories during his third and final season with the Terps.

The only player on the team to hit above .300, Dunn posted a career-high .330 average and was the Terps’ most valuable hitter in 2018.  During the final weekend series of the season, Dunn became the 13th player in program history to record 200-career hits. 

The infielder also finished the season with a team-high .419 on-base percentage, 10 home runs, 70 hits and 39 RBIs as the most consistent bat regularly placed in the middle of coach Rob Vaughn’s lineup.

Not known for power early in his Maryland career, Dunn’s double-digit homer surge became a pleasant surprise after hitting six combined long balls in his first two seasons. While his strength steadily grew, his ability to draw walks never changed throughout his three years. He left College Park with 85 walks to just 67 strikeouts.

But while Dunn delivered many vital hits and got on base often, arguably the most memorable hit of his last collegiate season was the one that brought out the most emotion from the typically stoic infielder. 

After Dunn’s walk-off double in the 10th inning secured a comeback win over in-state foe Towson, the Terps stormed the field and mobbed Dunn as he rounded the bases. Former two-way player Kevin Biondic recalled Dunn cracking a slight and uncommon smile as his teammates swarmed around him. 

Prior to his breakout junior season, Dunn hit over .300 and was named the playoff co-MVP of the Cape Cod Baseball League champion Brewster Whitecaps, whom he spent two seasons with.

After showcasing himself through his stellar summer performances and team-leading offensive power with the Terps last spring, the St. Louis Cardinals drafted Dunn with the 153rd overall pick. His selection marked the fifth straight year the Terps had a top-five round pick in the MLB draft.