Boys athlete of the year: Patrick Schuster still deciding his future
Schuster, SI.com's boys athlete of the year, rode his swerving 91-mph fastball to stardom in April when he broke a state record that had stood for 22 years by throwing four consecutive no-hitters for J.W. Mitchell High. Now, Schuster must choose between signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks and playing for the Gators.
Schuster got a call from Diamondbacks officials shortly before they made their third-round selection during the MLB amateur draft June 10. But the club went with another player and Schuster fell to the 13th round, where Arizona finally selected him. Schuster doesn't know if his signing bonus request scared away teams in the early rounds, but he has until 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 18 to decide whether to sign with the Diamondbacks or stay in Gainesville. Schuster said he isn't entirely sure how much Arizona would have to offer to lure him away from college.
"I really haven't sat down and thought about it," said Schuster, who finished his season 8-1 with a 0.93 ERA. "Before, it was quite a lot of money. Thinking about it now, I don't really know. I really can't sit here and tell you what it's going to take. They're just going to have to give me a number, and I'm going to have to sit down and think real long and real hard about it."
Whether he turns pro or plays at Florida, Schuster already has enjoyed a limelight some professionals never experience. After he threw his third consecutive no-hitter, he was interviewed on ESPN by
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