Hopefully in the future, the sign made by a couple of Chicago Cubs fans back in 1989 that updated former Cubs All-Star Shortstop, Shawon Dunston’s batting average on a daily basis called the Shawon-O-Meter will be coming back to the left field bleachers at Wrigley Field where it was before. However, not for Dunston, because he’s been retired for over ten years and is working for the San Francisco Giants as an assistant, but for his son, Shawon Jr.
The Cubs selected Jr. in the 11th round in 2011 under the direction of former General Manager, Jim Hendry. However, he is not a shortstop like his father was; he is an outfielder. He inherited his Dad’s cannon arm, and also was blessed with his terrific speed, being clocked at 3.8 seconds from home to first in high school. His speed, arm, and along with solid instincts make him a perfect fit for centerfield.
He almost did not sign with the Cubs though, and almost went to Vanderbilt to attend College. In fact, he was going to summer school to prepare for College life then the Cubs came up with the money which part of that was a $1.275 million signing bonus. “I said, all right let’s go,” Dunston Jr. said about Pro Baseball. “School’s not going anywhere, like my parents said, if you want to start something and live the dream and play in the big leagues, you got a pretty good amount to do it, go ahead and do it.“
It did not mean that things were going to be easy for him though. After playing in 39 games in 2012 in Rookie Ball in Arizona, and hitting .286, he was shipped to Boise, Idaho to play lower level Class A ball for the Hawks. and only batted .185 with 14 strikeouts in only 65 at bats. Last year though, he rebounded by hitting .290 and earned All-Star honors. He learned really quickly not only did he have to tweak his hitting mechanics, but his mental approach too. “I was pretty immature my first year, I can tell you that,” he said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about what happened that first year in Boise. It keeps me motivated still.”
His goal is to make it of course to Wrigley Field and roam one of the outfield spots, but for now he must continue to improve and help the Cougars succeed.