Pro gets the chance to play pro ball

Baseball: Jordan Procyshen chosen in 14th round by the BoSox

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 04:33 pm

Former Okotoks Dawgs catcher Jordan Procyshen was selected in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Saturday.
Former Okotoks Dawgs catcher Jordan Procyshen was selected in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Saturday.
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A Holy Trinity Academy graduate has traded his Okotoks Dawgs red socks for a pair of Red Sox.

Catcher Jordan Procyshen was selected by the world champion Boston Red Sox in the 14th round, 434th overall.

He credits the Okotoks Dawgs program for getting him the chance to play professional ball.

“I would not be here today if it wasn’t for the Dawgs,” Procyshen said. “I would never have the facilities or the coaching without the Dawgs.

“I owe my career to the J Dawgs.”

Procyshen started with the Dawgs Academy as a 14-year-old. He has played for the Okotoks Dawgs summer team the past two seasons.

He was close to signing with the Sox organization, Procyshen said from the family’s Okotoks home on Sunday. He is expected to play with the Lowell Spinners of the rookie New York-Penn League, likely flying out this week.

He’s fully aware Rookie League isn’t the champagne life of the bigs.

“I am ready for the grind,” Procyshen said. “You can say you are ready for the grind, but you don’t know until you do it.

“I know it’s not going to be easy, but if it was easy everyone would do it.”

He was drafted nearly a year after he was invited down to Kansas City for a look by the Royals organization. However, nothing panned out either with the Royals or the 2013 draft.

“Last year was obviously very disappointing,” Procyshen said. “But everything happens for a reason. I’m smarter after a year of NCAA ball and another year of education.” Procyshen put up impressive numbers for the Dawgs in his final season with the team last summer. He hit .313 with two dingers and 29 RBI. He was a WMBL second-team all-star.

He played this spring with the Northern Kentucky University Norse.

Procyshen hit .276 with 10 dingers in 51 games with the Norse last year. He credits being able to get to university to Holy Trinity Academy counsellor Marlene Donnelly who kept him on track academically.

Donnelly was one of the first person’s “Pro” texted after getting drafted.

“Ms. Donnelly helped me at HTA while I was gone with Team Canada — she helped me a bunch,” said Procyshen, who graduated from the Okotoks school in 2011.

Procyshen celebrated his drafting in true Dawg fashion — by joining avid fan Grant Sullivan on top of the dugout to dance to YMCA at Saturday night’s game at Seaman Stadium.

“I have never been able to do it because I have always been playing,” Procyshen said with a laugh. “Grant asked me to help him celebrate by going up there with him.”

He was decked out in a BoSox t-shirt him mom Lori had bought after learning of his son’s selection.

It didn’t take long for another former Dawg to be selected. Catcher Chris Shaw was selected by the defending National League champion the St. Louis Cardinals with the very next pick. Shaw, a 2012 graduate of HTA, was on the Okotoks Midget Black Dawgs roster which won the national championship in 2012. Both he and Procyshen are former members of Canada’s national junior team.

Cade Gotta, who played outfield for the Dawgs last season was selected in the 26th round by the Tampa Bay Rays.


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