The Waiting Game

Dalton Dulin can point to a lot of special moments in his baseball life. The next couple of days could provide another.

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It's time for Major League Baseball's Amateur Draft, and the infielder from Memphis, Tenn., has worked for years to get to this point in baseball. But he's taking it all in stride. It's all out of his hands now.

"I'm good. I'm just relaxing and waiting," said the second baseman from Memphis University School who signed with Ole Miss back in November, 2012, after committing two years prior, in the fall of 2010.

Projecting where any player will go in the draft isn't easy. It's no exact science. Different ballclubs and scouts don't necessarily view individual players nearly the same.

There are some players either in high school or the college ranks who could go in the earliest rounds that are projected as such. Most are simply waiting to see how things shake out, because they don't actually know.

There are advisors and showcases, scouts and actual games for high school or college players that all combine to give some type insight as to a player's draft position. But the range can be wide, and some players do actually get a feel for where they think they might be drafted.

Dulin said while the draft is on his mind, so is helping Ole Miss baseball win championships. It's really what he's thinking about as the draft begins with the first two rounds tonight and moves on Friday and Saturday through 40 rounds. He's already talking like a Rebel.

"I'm looking forward to going to Ole Miss," said Dulin, around the game of baseball basically every day of his life as the son of Tim Dulin, owner of Dulin's Sports Academy in the Memphis area. "The main goal is to win. I want to freaking win. With the guys we've got coming in, the caliber of arms, the guys we've got in the field, we're talented and we've got work to do."

He will be glad when the next couple of days are over so he can evaluate where things stand and what's best for him and his future.

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"I went to Hagerstown (Maryland) this week to a pre-draft workout for the (Washington) Nationals," he said. "That went well. I'm just ready to see what will happen and get it behind me and see where I'm going to be the next few years of my life."

Errol Robinson, an infielder projected as a shortstop, is another player who signed with the Rebels in November, 2012, out of St. John's College High School in Boyds, Maryland. Robinson also worked out for the Nationals earlier this week.

"Nothing is guaranteed and I'm just wanting to see whatever's thrown at me," said Robinson, whose sister just graduated from Ole Miss, parents attended Ole Miss, and whose grandparents live in Oxford.

Like Dulin, Robinson said it's just a guess at this point as to where he might be drafted.

"A whole bunch of people have been saying a lot of different things," he said. "It will reveal itself in a day or two. It's really out of my hands."

Robinson was in Oxford for his sister's graduation from Ole Miss, which also coincided with the baseball series against Mississippi State.

"That was pretty crazy, the atmosphere down there, all the fans, some of them wanting to take pictures with you, ask you to sign balls, stuff like that," he said. "That was pretty crazy."

Evan Anderson, a left-handed pitcher from Dale, Okla., is going through the same things Dulin and Robinson are at this point. It's wait and see.

"I'm really not too worried about it," said Anderson, who signed in November, 2012, after committing in January of that year.

Throughout the process, Anderson has had Ole Miss on his mind.

"I'm excited about being a Rebel and playing in front of all those fans down there," he said. "We don't really know anything. I'm not trying to get too wrapped up in it. Right now school's the most important thing and getting my degree. I've been looking forward to playing for Ole Miss for two years, so I'm pretty dead set on it."

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With the likelihood Bobby Wahl and Mike Mayers won't return next season due to their high draft projection, Anderson will likely be in the mix for a starting role in 2014.

"It will be interesting to see what happens," he said. "I'm excited to be able to fight for a spot in the rotation."

The projected highest draft pick among Ole Miss signees appears to be Cody Reed, a left-handed pitcher from Northwest Mississippi Community. Most sources say he is professional bound and that the draft will confirm that tonight.

J.B. Woodman, a high school outfielder from Edgewater, Fla., High School is another to keep an eye on as the draft unfolds. Also Carlos Williams, an outfielder from Covington, Tenn., High, as well as Braxton Lee, an outfielder from Pearl River (Mississippi) Community College, and right-handed pitcher Cheyne Bickel of Dwyer High in Jupiter, Fla.

As for current Rebels, right-handers Wahl and Mayers along with catcher Stuart Turner are the most likely to get drafted high enough to not return for their senior college seasons.

Dulin doesn't feel like things will drag out for several weeks for him. He believes he will know his course within a few days.

"The draft process has changed so much. From what I've heard they give you like four or five days, and they want you to report," he said. "So I don't know if I'm going to have a lot of time to think about it."

But it's all something he's given a lot of thought to for years, and it basically boils down to now.

"You work your whole life, and it essentially comes down to one day," Dulin said. "I'm just ready to see what's going to happen."

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