Mariner High School senior Audry Santana has a life-changing decision to make in the next several weeks - pro baseball or college.
The Tritons infielder was drafted Wednesday by the Chicago White Sox in the 48th round, the 1,448th player selected in the 2010 Free Agent Draft, a three-day marathon that started Monday. Not a promising position for a player coming straight out of high school.
"We have not heard from the White Sox," said Audry's father, Rafael Santana, a former Major League player himself. "We will wait for that call and what they are offering and go from there. The numbers we have heard are not what we like, so he could go to college for a chance to become a better player."
Audry has several college offers to choose from, but as yet has not made a commitment. He was the only Cape Coral prep player taken in this week's draft of 1,5... players.
"I'm not disappointed," said Rafael, who has another son, Alex, who will be a senior at Mariner next fall and could face a similar decision in a year. "I'm happy that he was drafted considering he only had one season where he got to play every day and show what he could do, and he put up some good numbers."
The family will take a few days to consider any offer forthcoming from the White Sox before deciding on Audry's immediate future.
"I tell him to stay positive and every day on the field give everything you have. Give the best you have and anything can happen," said Rafael, who played shortstop on the New York Mets' 1986 World Series-winning season over the Boston Red Sox.