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Okotoks Dawgs selected in 2014 MLB Draft

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According to the Okotoks Dawgs website on Saturday, there were three Dawgs players selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. They were catchers Jordan Procyshen of Calgary, Alberta and Chris Shaw of Winnipeg, Manitoba and outfielder Cade Gotta of San Diego, California.

Procyshen was drafted in the 14th round, 434th overall by the Boston Red Sox. Shaw was also drafted in the 14th round, 435th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals. Gotta was drafted in the 26th round, 787th overall by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Procyshen just completed his junior year at Northern Kentucky University, the same university that former Dawgs all-star Geoff Freeborn attended and threw a no-hitter for in 2003. Another one of Procyshen's greatest achievements to date was representing the Canadian National Junior Team in 2011.

Shaw has now been drafted twice. The first time he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 38th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

Gotta, meanwhile was the Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year, according to Scott Roblin of the High River News. While playing for the San Diego Christian College Hawks, Gotta led the Golden State Athletic Conference in 2014 in batting average (.409), hits (79), total bases (131) and stolen bases (38).

The 2014 Okotoks Dawgs meanwhile have got off to a very difficult start to the season. They are 1-5 with their only victory coming against the Medicine Hat Mavericks on June 4, where they hammered Medicine Hat 14-3. Since then, they have lost three straight games--one to the Mavericks and back-to-back games on the weekend to the Lethbridge Bulls. It is still early, but the Dawgs do find themselves in dead last in the West Division, an unfamiliar place for the Dawgs to be in their franchise history.

The Dawgs next play in Swift Current on Tuesday. They will then play in Moose Jaw Wednesday and Thursday before returning home to play Medicine Hat on Friday. Game time at Seaman Stadium in Okotoks, twenty minutes south of Calgary, is 7:00 p.m.