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PolitiFact New YorkTV and MediaWeatherEditorialsLetters to the EditorAdam ZyglisStateCanisius High School pitcher Dan Dallas could be joining the San Diego Padres jerseys’ organization in the near future.The standout pitcher for the Crusaders was taken by that team in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Friday afternoon. Dallas was the 204th player selected.”I was sitting around playing bean bag toss with some friends,” the left handed pitcher said. “My dad told me I had a call, and I heard I went in the seventh round. We celebrated as a family for a moment. It’s been nerve racking for the past couple of days.”Both Dallas and his coach at Canisius, Bryan Tenney, were thrilled to hear that the Crusaders’ pitcher had been picked.”It’s an honor to be drafted it’s been a dream of mine ever since I was a kid,” Dallas said.”You couldn’t be happier for the young man, who first of all is a great person,” Tenney said. “If you know about his work ethic and the love of baseball in his family, you couldn’t ask for a better situation. It’s a dream come true.”Dallas was a standout performer for Canisius during four varsity seasons, but he was at his best as a senior. His gaudy statistics included a 10 0 record with a 0.15 ERA, with 90 strikeouts in 48 innings.The pitcher became the fifth player in the last four years to be drafted out of a Western New York high school by a major league team. The others were Lockport’s Nick Hamilton (2015, Boston), Orchard Park’s Dave “Bubba” Hollins (2014, Detroit), Clarence’s Mark Armstrong (2013, Cincinnati) and Amherst’s (2013, Baltimore).It’s a rare experience for a coach to have a player with so much talent, and Tenney has enjoyed the ride that led up to Dallas’ selection on Friday.”A lot of the scouts have gone through directly to Dan to talk to him, but I did get the chance to talk to eight or 10 different scouts who have watched him throw,” Tenney said. “That goes back to spring training in Florida, and to the Aquinas tournament. They’ve been watching. It was a great ride to be on.”I got to watch wholesale mlb jerseys Dan handle everything, and the maturity aspect of his personality really came through. I told him to concentrate on his high school season, and he did exactly that. He focused on his senior year with his teammates, and they were great.”Dallas had been told he probably would be selected between the sixth and ninth rounds. It wasn’t a big surprise that San Diego took him.”I had talked to the area scout when I pitched earlier this season, and I threw down in Georgia for them last week,” he said. “A guy called me before the pick and asked, ‘How are you thinking?’ Then came the call that they had taken me.””There are 40 rounds, with 30 kids picked per round, and he was taken 204th,” said Tenney, who had never had one of his players taken straight out of high school in the draft. “You’ve got a young man out of Buffalo, and they saw the potential in him. The best is yet to come I can’t stress that enough.”While getting drafted is a huge thrill for any player, it’s also the start of an extremely difficult decision making process. Dallas has to decide whether to sign with the Padres jerseys or accept a scholarship offer from Monmouth University.”I have an adviser, and my cousin,” of the Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys, “has been through the process,” Dallas said. “I’ll talk to all these people. When the contract comes in, we’ll sit down as a family and have a discussion. It’s an honor to work with the Monmouth program, too. It’s an exciting time.”Tenney believes there are no bad choices in this case.”It’s an emotional situation, but it’s a win win situation,” he said. “He’ll either go play college baseball on a scholarship, or sign a contract with a professional team. I wish I had had those problems when I was coming out of high school.