Making Plans

Dylan Chavez has been making plans to be at Ole Miss next month. But the junior left-handed pitcher also expects to hear again from the Minnesota Twins, who drafted him last month in the 32nd round.

"So far I honestly haven't heard a whole lot," he said of communications with the Major League ballclub. "I'm sure the Twins will call me at some point."

That they haven't been in contact often isn't totally unexpected. Chavez said he knew it might be that way.

"I've had a lot of friends go through the process," the American River (Junior) College product in Sacramento, Calif., said. "It's been pretty much exactly what they experienced, too. So it seems like it's been typical of the way things go."

But he has heard from the Ole Miss staff. And he's heard from them often.

"I've talked to the Ole Miss coaches a lot," said the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder. "I talk to Coach (Carl Lafferty) if not every day then every other day. I've talked to Coach (Mike) Bianco a number of times. There's been a lot of good communication between us."

And where is he thinking he will be after mid-August?

"That's definitely where I'm leaning," said Chavez of Ole Miss. "I'm leaning toward Ole Miss at this point."

Although more talks with the Twins are likely, Chavez looks forward to playing at Ole Miss
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So while he waits for the Twins to call, he prepares for life in college. He has told the Twins what he would like to have monetarily. It's private among him, his family, and the Minnesota ballclub.

"I've told them what I want," he said. "It's still early (in the process), but they know what I want. So I imagine I'll hear from them before the deadline."

And that's August 15. The Rebels have a team meeting only a few days after that, so there's a good chance he could have a decision prior to the deadline.

"I've gotten a lot of my paperwork done, applying to school and that type stuff," he said. "I'll have to be down in that area by then (Aug. 15). I'm going to move into an apartment. So there are a lot of things to do by that time."

Even with the tight deadline and only a month until then, Chavez remains low-key and level-headed about the situation, knowing he has an opportunity to continue to play baseball at either the college level or professionally.

"It's really not something I can control," he said. "Deadlines are set by other people. I just have to abide by what they say. So it hasn't been too stressful."

Chavez, who graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, Calif., has been working out the past month since the draft and playing with a summer league team in the Sacramento area.

"We play some good competition," he said. "We play a lot of intercollegiate teams from northern and central California."

While Chavez will obviously remain attentive to what Minnesota officials bring to the table, Ole Miss is still his main focus.

"I'll certainly listen to what they have to say and weigh my options," he said of the Twins. "At this point I've talked to Ole Miss a lot more. It should be interesting the next month. But I'm looking forward to getting down there and moving in and getting in Coach (Rich) Levy's strength and conditioning program. And just getting started.

"They're interested in me coming, and I'm interested in being there," he said of the Rebels. "It's a great program and it's a great place to play. It's exciting. Very exciting."

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