Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Siena's Paolini goes to Mariners

LOUDONVILLE — It was only a matter of time when the most productive baseball player in Siena College history would come to an end.

On Tuesday, the Seattle Mariners selected Dan Paolini, with the 303rd overall selection, in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.

“It was an incredible moment,” Paolini told the Siena athletic department. “I was sitting around with my family (listening to the draft), and it was a really anxious and nervous time hearing all the names fly by. Then I got a text saying that the Mariners were going to take me with their next pick. I couldn’t be happier.”

Paolini finished his three-year career with the Saints, hitting .380 and hammering 56 home runs, both program records.

The Connecticut native was named a second team All-American choice by Collegiate Baseball in 2010, after leading the nation by averaging one home run, every two games.

“I can’t thank Coach (Tony) Rossi or Siena College enough,” he said.

Should he sign, Paolini would become the 34th player in program history to ink a professional contract.

He will try to become the fifth player in school history to make it to the big leagues.

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