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Jun 13, 2014 11:09 PM by Matt SantaMaria

Zehner undecided on professional future

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Four years ago, Zack Zehner's baseball days were seemingly over. The Torrey Pines High School product was a solid prep player, but after receiving such little interest at the college level, he had no choice but to quit the sport.

"I went to Oregon just to pursue academics," said Zehner, "I got bored and I didn't know what to do with my life, so I decided to go to junior college to pursue baseball."

Zehner became an all-conference player at Santa Barbara City College before coming to Cal Poly this season.

The Junior emerged as a key contributor for the Mustangs as the season progressed, hitting .316 while slugging three home runs.

Zehner was expected to be one of Cal Poly's top returning offensive players, something that could be complicated by the fact he was selected in the seventh round of last week's Major League Baseball draft by the Toronto Bluejays

"I was actually hitting in the cage when it happened, I didn't think I'd be called," said Zehner, "I go back into the locker room and got dogpiled by four or five freshman."

Major League Baseball's slot value for the pick Zehner was selected in is nearly 200 thousand dollars. Still, Zehner says he's atleast considering the idea of returning to Cal Poly for his Senior season.

"I don't know where my mind is right now, I'm definitely on the fence, said Zehner, "I definitely want to sit down with my family because my mind is not on baseball right now, it's on taking care of school."

The deadline for draft picks like Zehner to sign with their respective clubs is July 18th.

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