Commentary

Players bring home defensive honors

Originally Published: August 6, 2011
By Harold Abend | Special to ESPNHS.com

Wilson Defensive Player of the Day

Dalton Dulin, Memphis University (Memphis, Tenn.), 2013, Washington Nationals

For the second-straight day the Wilson Defensive player of the Day goes to one of the smaller players at this year's Area Code Games.

However, just because Dulin is only 5-foot-8 and 160-pounds, don't think this incoming junior isn't a slick fielder at second base.

On a chopper to second that took two hop-and-a-half hops with an awkward short hop, Dulin charged it, took the bad hop, spun around and threw blindly to first with a throw that was right on the money to get the runner by a half step.

"That's awesome. Any time you get recognition its great," Dulin said when he was informed he won the award.

"I'm just honored to be out here playing with these great players, plus I get another year to come back and perform again."

Dulin's baseball prowess should come as no surprise. The Ole Miss-committed Dulin has been around baseball since he was a tyke.

His father, Tim Dulin, a member of the 1984 Team USA that played six years of pro ball with the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates, also runs the very successful Dulin Dodgers.

'I've been around baseball my whole life," said Dalton, who tells ESPN RISE he "enjoys music and working with younger players."

Besides his solid fielding, Dulin hit .365 with 24 steals last season for Memphis University.