Lance Lynn ready to pitch for Rebel baseball

Freshman right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn, a 6th-round draftee of the Seattle Mariners, said he is glad to be an Ole Miss Rebel.

Lance Lynn has been one of the hot topics of Ole Miss baseball lately, especially since the June draft and the Super Regional.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound right-handed pitcher, drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the sixth round, went through orientation earlier in the summer, preparing for college. This past weekend, he moved into the dorm.

Monday afternoon he and his Rebel teammates worked out for the first time together. Lynn says he's glad to be in Oxford.

"This is where I wanted to go," Lynn said. "I thought I might get drafted higher than I did. But I knew this (Ole Miss) would be a good place for me, too. Unless something different or drastic had happened (with his negotiations), I knew I'd be here."

Lynn was the Mariners' fourth overall pick. He said he was told beforehand he would be drafted higher.

"I was told more like three to five (rounds)," said Lynn, a Brownsburg, Ind., native. "When I was drafted after the fifth round, I was definitely looking to come to school."

Lynn said there was some negotiating going on this summer since draft day, but not a whole lot.

"They just gave me a first and second offer and that was basically it," said Lynn, one of several pitchers with a real shot at becoming one of the Rebels' weekend starters in the spring of 2006. "They told us that was going to be their last offer. They asked me if I wanted to sign for that figure. That was last week before I came down here. I told them no, and here I am today."

Lynn, who played on an Indiana traveling team, the Indiana Bulls, this summer, will now focus on becoming the best collegiate pitcher he can be. He knows the fall will be important to him.

"I need to work on getting in better shape," he said. "And I need to work on my changeup and really develop it over the winter. I feel like I can throw my fast ball and curve ball in there for strikes, moving in and out. But I want to improve everything I do."

Lynn said it didn't hurt his decision-making process to know that Ole Miss would be losing several pitchers after last season.

"They told me when they were recruiting me they were going to lose a lot," he said. "I figured I would have a chance to come in and pitch as a freshman."

Lance Lynn's quest to do just that officially started Monday, his first day of class at Ole Miss, his first official day as a Rebel baseball player.

"It's been good so far," Lynn said Monday afternoon. "And we're just getting started."

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