"As it's gotten closer, we've heard it could be in the first round, anywhere from the eighth to the 25th pick," Mullino told The Press-Register. "Or it could be the third round. It just depends on how it all falls."
Golden ended up going in the second round, to the Cubs. It was the same organization that, years earlier, had selected Mullino.
Golden ultimately signed and ended up playing four seasons as a pro. His coach's pro playing career lasted a year longer, five years. Neither Golden, nor his coach made the majors.
Mullino's career began in 1986, taken by the Cubs in the 25th round of the draft out of Mississippi State. He played his high school ball there in Wetumpka.
He played both baseball and football at Wetumpka and won All-Metro honors. Before Mississippi State, he also played at Wallace State.
Mullino started with the Cubs at rookie Wytheville. He got into 15 games, six starts and had a 4.46 ERA.
He played 1987 between single-A Peoria and short-season Geneva. He picked up six saves at Geneva and had an overall 3.03 ERA on the year.
Mullino played 1988 at single-A Charleston. He went 7-5, with a 2.31 ERA over 35 outings, 14 starts. He then played 1989 at high-A Winston-Salem. He picked up a win with a scoreless relief outing in a July game. He had a 2.32 ERA that year.
Mullino got his first look at AA in 1990, 39 outings at Charlotte. He went 3-4 there, with a 4.52 ERA. He also saw six games back at Peoria. That season turned out to be his last as a pro.
Mullino soon returned to Wetumpka and eventually to his old school. In 2011, he led his club to the playoffs, but ran into two big losses, according to RiverRegionSports.com.
"You can't take away what they were able to do against our staff," Mullino told the site. "When we played them (in March), we were able to keep the ball in the park. We didn’t do that this time."
- Mobile Press-Register, June 7, 2010: State's top prospects await today's major league draft
- RiverRegionSports.com, April 25, 2011: Three teams from River Region survive AHSAA first round
Made the Majors:1,160-36.1%
Never Made Majors:2,052-63.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 481
10+ Seasons in the Minors:283