Chavez Has Decision To Make

Dylan Chavez now knows his situation. He can move forward from here.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound left-handed pitcher went in the 32nd round to the Minnesota Twins in the MLB draft Wednesday. He had signed with Ole Miss last fall.

And now the negotiations begin.

"It's definitely exciting to get drafted," said the American River (Junior) College product. "I went a little later than I expected, but that's fine. It happens. It's cool to see your name called."

Chavez, who was visited in the last couple of weeks by Ole Miss assistant coach Carl Lafferty, said he doesn't know a whole lot about the Twins. But he knew they were interested in him.

"They seemed to be the team that was most interested in me. That's the way it seemed throughout the year," said Chavez, who turned 20 on April 16. "I talked to their guy a lot, especially back in the fall. I figured it would probably be them at some point."

He knows he will now hear from them more often.

"I'm just going to kind of sit back and see what they have to say," he said. "I'm supposed to be in contact with them tonight or tomorrow. So I'll definitely know more then."

Chavez said he doesn't know how things will turn out, but being smart throughout the process is important to him.

Dylan Chavez
"The safest bet is to always lean toward school. It seems to be the safer option. At the same time, you sit back and weigh all your options and see what the organization has to say. At the end of the day, you need to make the smartest decision. We'll have to see what happens.

"It's all about what they have in mind for me, what they want to offer me, and if I think it's good enough, basically."

Chavez admits not knowing much about the Twins' pitching staff down through the minors but feels it would be a strong unit.

"I have to imagine they're deep in pitching, just like everyone. So that really won't have a huge impact on whatever decision I make. You're going to have to compete wherever you go, whether it's in school or in pro ball. You can't shy away from those opportunities."

Chavez had been awaiting this day for years. Now it is here and he is absorbing it all.

"There was a lot of anticipation building up to it," he said. "It's awfully exciting. It's a pleasure to hear your name called, and it's definitely an honor."

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