BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Friday afternoon, Canisius High School star pitcher Dan Dallas got the call any baseball player dreams of.
The San Diego Padres selected the Crusaders senior in the 7th round of the Major League Baseball draft. He was the 204th pick overall, and the fifth Western New York baseball player drafted in the past four years.
“The first word that comes out of my mind is thankful,” Dallas said by phone Friday. “All of my teammates have pushed me to be the best player I can be. It’s just the start for me.”
Dallas worked out for the Padres in Georgia, soon after Canisius took home the Georgetown Cup, winning the Monsignor Martin title at Coca-Cola Field. Dallas threw a no-hitter in the series opener. He also hit a home run.
Dallas was 16-1 as a starter across four years at Canisius. He will now decide between going to Monmouth University to pitch, or going straight to the pros. He says that decision will depend on the Padres’ contract offer.