KANSAS CITY -- Brandon Dulin was overlooked by colleges and professional scouts alike coming out of high school, but he got their attention this spring and parlayed that into a 12th-round selection (354th overall) by the Royals in the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Dulin put up big numbers this spring at Metropolitan Community College-Longview in Kansas City, ranking third nationally among Division II junior-college players with 13 home runs and a .756 slugging percentage. Scouts wonder how he will adjust to elite pitching, though his stint in the MINK Collegiate Baseball League this summer may help answer that question.
Standing 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds with above-average power, Dulin certainly looks the part. He played mostly first base this spring, but he proved capable in the outfield last fall.
Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.