Bryce Mosier thought he had his mind set on attending San Diego State University.
Mosier, a 33rd round pick by the White Sox in June's amateur draft, had Sox scout George Cachigian come to his house and make him an offer to sign last week.
With the offer not being what he wanted, Mosier was planning on delaying pro ball and playing collegiately for three years, which is what players are forced to do before they're eligible for the draft again.
However, Mosier ended up having a change of heart. He talked to people he knew who had played college ball and decided that going pro straight out of high school would be better in the long run.
Mosier said that the former college players he talked to told him that too often in college, coaches are too concerned with a players' hitting style and won't let them hit how they want to and aren't flexible.
That's something that helped sway Mosier's decision.
"When the scout came to my house and gave me an offer, we were kind of set on going to school that night," Mosier said. "I wouldn't have signed if I didn't think I could make it as an 18-year old being away from home."
Mosier's dad Steve grew up in Morris and still has family in town. He was happy to see his son finally sign the dotted line and get off to pro ball.
"He's very relieved," Steve Mosier said. "He was pretty happy. When he weighed everything out on the table, he wanted to go play baseball instead of being in the classroom. It worked out, I think, the way he wanted it to."
Mosier was originally hoping to land a six-figure bonus, but that wasn't able to come to fruition. Steve Mosier said that he wasn't allowed to release the details of the contract.
As a player who was expected to go higher than he did, Mosier's bonus was a lot of money for where he was drafted.
One stipulation in the contract was that the White Sox would pay Mosier's college tuition at a state school should he eventually decide to attend one.
"I definitely want that taken care of," Mosier said. "I wouldn't have signed if they wouldn't have given me school paid for."
The fact that he would be forced to stay in college for three years is another thing that made Mosier sign with the Sox.
"That definitely played a big part. I didn't want to be locked up for three years," he said. "I was going to get better anywhere I went. I wasn't going to get worse by any means.
"The college experience is fun if you win. San Diego State hasn't showed that in the last couple years. Being locked down for three years and not winning, I think I'd kind of regret some things."
Mosier will head to the Sox' rookie ball affiliate in Bristol, Va. to start his professional career. He took his physical Monday and will catch some bullpen sessions today. He hopes to get 30 or 40 at-bats this summer. The Bristol White Sox' season ends Aug. 30.
After the season, Mosier will head to the Sox' instructional league camp at their spring training complex in Glendale, Az. Next season, Mosier will most likely head back to Bristol, or the White Sox' other rookie ball affiliate in Great Falls, Mont.
"I'm sure they probably want me to come back to Bristol next year and get a whole year of rookie ball," Mosier said. "I'm taking it one day, one step at a time. It'd be great to make a single-A roster out of spring training. I don't know if that would be a goal of mine. That would definitely be something that I'd love to do."