Signee Profile: Dillon Hazlett

Inside Carolina
Posted Jun 3, 2009


North Carolina signee Dillon Hazlett is a 6-1, 191-pound shortstop at Iola (Kan.) Allen County Community College.

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Bio: Hazlett went from Topeka (Kan.) High School to Allen County Community College and didn’t miss a beat. In a competitive conference, Hazlett was named Jayhawk Eastern Division Freshman of the year and second-team All-Jayhawk East in 2008, batting .377 with 51 RBI and led the team with seven home runs and 24 stolen bases. As a sophomore at ACCC in 2009, Hazlett was named the conference’s Most Valuable Player, batting .470 with 12 home runs, 35-of-36 in stolen bases and fielding .950 at shortstop. He will graduate with an associate’s degree and is scheduled to enroll at North Carolina as a junior.

Recruitment: "I had my coach call them and ask if they needed a shortstop,” Hazlett said, “because I have always liked the Tar Heels since I was little and always wanted to go and play there. So he called them and Coach Jackson called us back and stated that they were looking for an infielder and called me and we started talking from there. He flew down to watch me in practice and after watching me practice I went down for a visit in November. I went on my visit and they offered." Hazlett chose to sign with the Tar Heels over offers from Wichita State, Kansas State, Mississippi State and TCU.

Why Carolina?: "The main thing is that they have a quality program and it is solid and that is what I am looking for,” Hazlett said. “Playing time is [also] very important - coming in as a junior, so I only have two years to play. So that was a big part of my decision."

Scouting Report: Hazlett possesses a strong throwing arm, is a great fielder, bats for power and has tremendous speed on the bases. “He was the best position prospect in Kansas this spring - college, junior college or high school,” Baseball America scouted. “He’s an explosive athlete. He has plus speed, good actions and arm strength at shortstop, and quick hands at the plate that give him surprising pop.”

Coach Quote: "Dillon is the most pure athlete I have seen on the baseball field,” ACCC coach Seth Beason said. “He has every tool that you need and at the plus level as well. He is a Division 1 or pro caliber talent coming out of JC ball right now which is kind of impressive. I would project him to hit in the two hole or five hole. With speed and pop to his bat, I would expect him to hit .370 or higher - if not .400. Dillon has grown beyond belief - everything we have taught him he has taken to heart. He is probably the biggest kid that I have seen in the weight room. He loves the weight room and wants to get stronger and better."

"I project him to be an everyday starter at North Carolina - and that is North Carolina,” Beason continued. “Once the draft comes out I am going to be watching it pretty hard because I have no idea where he is going to go. There have been all sorts of talk about where he could go in the draft; the way this kid has progressed is very impressive. There is no telling how well he is going to do - if he is going to be at an All American level or an average level. I would not have called North Carolina if I felt he could not play there."

Future Plans: "There are three or four scouts at each game,” Beason said. "The scouts are calling him all the time - usually I am sitting next to him to see what they have to say. I work on coaching him off the field as well as on the field."

Scouting publications vary on Hazlett’s talent level with regards to next week’s MLB Draft. Published reports range from the first round to undrafted. Perfect Game projects him as a mid- to late-round selection.

"It would take a lot - seven figures,” Hazlett said of the type of pro contract that would be needed to make him sign this summer. “I really want to go to North Carolina to play baseball. My main goal is to play in the College World Series and hopefully we can make that happen next year. We just got done playing [at ACCC] and Coach Jackson calls me and keeps me up to date. He is real down to earth and was easy to talk to.”


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