Draft Prospect Q&A With Dalton Dulin
I was in touch with Dalton Dulin recently and he was nice enough to answer some questions for Big League Futures. Dalton is a middle infielder for Memphis University High School and is currently ranked number 99 on the BLF Top 100. For more on Dulin, check out his draft profile.
Matt Grabusky: How old were you when you started playing baseball?
Dalton Dulin: I was 4 years old when I started playing!
MG: At what point did you realize that you had a legitimate chance at a future in the sport?
DD: Ever since I was a kid I’ve dreamed of playing in the big leagues so there’s really not much of an option for me! I believe I belong there and no one can convince me otherwise.
MG: What do you consider the strengths of your game?
DD: Hitting is one of my favorite things to do, I have been working on switch hitting since I was 13. Once I get on base Im finding a way to get to 3rd and home as soon as I can. Defensively I work on everything .. There is always room for improvement and I work so much at what I do I have to perfect it!
MG: What aspects of your game would you most like to improve?
DD: Nothing in particular, I have to keep getting better in every aspect of the game. There’s never a break in this game because if your not grinding somebody else is and that is not a good feeling. It is easier to work harder.
MG: Is there a player in the Majors who you would compare yourself with or who you model your game after?
DD: I have become a huge fan of Jose Reyes just in the way he goes about his business on the field.. We play with similar energy and passion for the game. We are game changers.
MG: Who has had the most influence on your baseball career?
DD: My Dad, Tim Dulin has had the most influence on me. He played professionally for 7 years and has taught me everything I know and is my mentor while letting me be my own man. He has a summer baseball organization called the Dulin Dodgers that he started in 2000. I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by big leaguers such as Zack Cozart, Drew Pomeranz, Matt Cain, Julio Borbon and Logan Forsythe. Also, I have so much respect for my family because they have supported me since day one.
MG: What have been your best experiences on a baseball field?
DD: My best experience on a baseball field was playing in the Under Armour All American game at Wrigley field. I was fortunate enough to play with the top players in the country and be coached by some of the best coaches and former players in the game. I soaked up every bit of knowledge I could. Also, winning 2 National Championships with my team In 2009.
MG: You attended many of the top events last summer and faced alot of top pitchers. Who is the toughest pitcher that you have faced?
DD: The toughest at bat I had this summer was probably against A.J Puk in L.A at the Area Code event.
MG: If baseball ended tomorrow, you would?
DD: If baseball ended tomorrow I would start my own company and find a way to excel at being an entrepreneur. I would also look into being a sports agent!
MG: What is something that fans would be surprised to learn about Dalton Dulin?
DD: Some things that fans would be surprised about is I have my own apparel company called ATF100 (All Things Fresh 100). I collect Air Jordan’s and cleats ! I also love rap music.
I would like to thank Dalton for taking the time to answer questions for BLF and our readers.