Former New York Mets prospect Todd Dulaney is making his return to professional baseball in 2010 after a five-year hiatus.
Dulaney, 26, was a 32nd round draft choice of the Mets in 2003 out of Wabash Valley College and spent two seasons as a Mets farmhand before spending a year in the Frontier League. Dulaney walked away from baseball after the 2005 season to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter and was granted a tryout by the RailCats during Spring Training 2010 before being called back by the team in late June.
A slick defensive infielder, Dulaney put up solid numbers in his first three pro seasons including a 20-walk, .372 OBP ledger in his debut campaign. In 2004, Dulaney hit a career-best .295 for the Gulf Coast League (A) Mets before joining the Rockford RiverHawks in 2005. That summer, Dulaney played in 71 games for the then-Frontier League outifit, batting .223 with eight doubles. A .245 career hitter, Dulaney has struck out only 55 times in three years.
A native of south suburban Maywood, Illinois, Dulaney attended Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, Illinois.