With the 1,012th overall pick in the 34th Round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks have selected Siena Baseball senior centerfielder Dan Swain. The Newton, Massachusetts native becomes Siena College's 24th MLB Draft pick, and 16th since 1996.
"The hard work that I've put in has paid off," said Swain. "I'm incredibly lucky to get an opportunity like this, and I plan to make the most of it. I want to thank my parents, teammates, and coaches for their support throughout this whole process. I don't think I'd have been given this opportunity without them."
The first Siena Baseball player to be drafted since Matt Gage was taken in the 10th Round by the San Francisco Giants in 2014, Swain was named a First Team All-MAAC selection after leading the conference in both total bases (144) and triples (five) this spring. The Saints' 5'11", 191-pound leadoff hitter also ranked tied for second in the league in runs scored (47), third in slugging percentage (.559), tied for third in home runs (nine), and seventh in hits (66). Swain hit .324 in his final season donning the Green and Gold, and also led the Saints in both stolen bases (nine) and multi-hit performances (22).
Swain finished his brilliant career ranked in the top-10 in program history in almost every offensive category, as he departs ranking tied for second all-time in triples (11), fourth in at-bats (781), fifth in both total bases (357) and extra-base hits (73), tied for sixth in times hit by pitch (30), seventh in hits (233), tied for seventh in doubles (42), 10th in both runs scored (142) and walks (89), and tied for 10th in home runs (20). A consummate five-tool standout, Swain also recorded 12 career outfield assists. He was named the 2014 MAAC Rookie of the Year, a 2015 MAAC All-Tournament Team selection, and a 2016 Second Team All-MAAC honoree.
Assuming Swain passes his physical in Arizona next week, he would become the 52nd player in program history to sign a professional contract, including the 35th with a Major League Baseball organization. Three former Siena Baseball stars -- Justin Brantley (Mets), Gage, and John Lannan (Nationals) -- are currently members of MLB organizations, and are competing at the minor league level. A total of four Siena Baseball greats -- Billy Harrell (Indians, Red Sox), Gary Holle (Rangers), Tim Christman (Rockies), and Lannan (Nationals, Phillies, Mets) -- have ultimately reached the highest level, playing in the majors.