SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) -- A high school baseball player in Brunswick County has a tough decision to make: accept a scholarship to play college ball or head to the minor leagues. It's nearly every little boy's dream to play ball in the big leagues. For West Brunswick High pitcher Jay Gause, that dream could soon be a reality.
"As soon as I've been able to pick up a baseball, I knew I wanted to play pro," Gause said.
Tuesday the Cleveland Indians picked Gause in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Draft.
"I was watching the draft from like 12-3, and then it was like the eighth round, and I was like it's time to lay down," Gause said. "I was getting a little mad, and I woke up and my agent called me, and then like 30 seconds later (the Indians) called me asking me for my shirt size, shoe size. They were going to send me some stuff in."
Gause has also been offered a partial scholarship to play ball at NC State.
"There I could be better and be drafted higher, I believe, or I could get drafted in the 25th round and do baseball every day what I love, so it's a big decision I have to go through," Gause said.
The 6'3", 230-pounder averages more than 12 strikeouts a game and throws more than 90 mph.
"His most impressive stats for the year is he threw 53 innings and he had 96 strikeouts," WBHS coach Mike Alderson said, who said getting drafted out of high school says a lot about Gause and the school's program. "I'm real happy for him. I've been here 22 years, and it's the first one I've had out of high school that had the opportunity to get drafted."
While his mind his not made up, Gause gave a hint of where he may play next.
"Probably school," he said.
Gause says he'll take some time to make his choice. He has until August 15 to decide. If he decides to sign with the Indians, he would most likely head into their minor league system. That could eventually mean playing close to home. The Indians have a farm team in kinston.
By the way, five UNCW players were also drafted yesterday. We'll hear from their coach tomorrow about their future in college or the pros.