Cal Poly Sports

Jul 18, 2014 9:49 PM by KSBY Sports

Zehner passes on Blue Jays' offer and will return for senior season

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The deadline for Cal Poly outfielder Zack Zehner to sign a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays organization came Friday and by not putting pen to paper, the senior-to-be made his return to Cal Poly official.

Zehner's decision to suit up for the Green and Gold for another season was based on the desire to finish his degree in economics and not seeing eye-to-eye financially with the Blue Jays.

"I think there was a number in mind. I discussed that with my family," Zehner told KSBY Sports. "If it would've helped me and my family in the long run, I think yeah... I would've (gone to play professionally)."

Unfinished business also plays a role in keeping Zehner at Cal Poly. Zehner says that his collision with center fielder Jordan Ellis during game two of the NCAA Regionals, that allowed Pepperdine to score and changed the momentum of the game, left a sour taste in his mouth.

"Yeah that definitely is in the back of my mind a little bit," Zehner said."I'd like to get back there and prove that we have more in the tank and show we're a really good team."

But Zehner says the biggest determining factor is still wanting to finish at Cal Poly.

"I think it's school is important," Zehner added. "And I think it's important for the program if we get back to Regionals. I think we had a good run last year but we have more in the tank and I'd like to see us make it to Omaha."

The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Zehner as the 204th pick in the seventh round of the MLB Draft in June after hitting .316 during his junior season.



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