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Former UF standout Dunning to make MLB debut

Special to Gatorsports.com
Chicago White Sox pitcher Dane Dunning throws during the sixth inning of an exhibition game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on July 22.

Former Florida pitching standout Dane Dunning is expected to make his Major League Baseball debut tonight for the Chicago White Sox.

The right-hander will oppose another former SEC standout in Auburn's Casey Mize, the right-hander who was the No 1 pick overall in the 2018 draft. Mize is expected to also make his MLB debut for the Detroit Tigers.

Dunning hasn’t pitched in a regular-season game since 2018 due to Tommy John surgery. He was a top-100 caliber talent and has pitched in parts of three professional seasons. He compiled a 2.74 ERA with 10.2 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and 0.6 HR/9 in 266 frames before the surgery.

Dunning has yet to pitch in Triple-A thanks to the absence of a minor league season in 2020.

Dunning, 25, was selected by the Washington Nationals with the No. 29 overall pick in 2016, He was later traded to the White Sox.