Tuesday, June 5, 2012

LSC Roundup 6-5

Dullnig Earns Third All-America Citation - TAMK Baseball

Local baseball players hope to hear name called in MLB draft ‎- David Henry, Beaumont Enterprise

While standing on top of a red ladder, about 75-feet long, Jaden Dillon wipes some sweat from his forehead as he screws in about two dozen small signs into a marquis in front of a shopping center.  It's his summer job, working for his father's sign company, Sign Doctors, which he has worked at since he was 15 years old. Dillon uses the money he makes to pay for his lessons and other baseball-related expenses.

He hopes he won't be doing it much longer. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Day 2 and 3 of the Major League Baseball draft, Dillon, a former Bridge City baseball player who played in college at McNeese State and Texas A&M-Kingsville, will eagerly await a phone call from a major league baseball team selecting him in the draft.

"I've had scouts at every single game this year watching me throw, so I'm pretty confident," Dillon said. "All I want is a chance."

With a mid-90s fastball and a curveball and changeup he can both throw for outs, Dillon, an all-conference performer at Texas A&M-Kingsville with an 8-3 record and a 2.56 earned run average, is almost certain to be drafted, according to Sam Moore, a local baseball instructor.  Because of his 5-foot-11 frame, short for a power pitcher, Dillon said he has been compared to Roy Oswalt.

"If they don't take a chance, they'll regret they missed him," Moore said. "He can throw three pitches, be a starter or a reliever, he throws hard. He has everything teams are looking for."

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