MASON CITY | Jake Peter didn’t own any Chicago White Sox gear prior to Friday.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any at his family’s house.
“My dad was a big White Sox fan when he was younger. He has some retro hats he’s trying to dig out,” Peter said.
The Peter family may have plenty of White Sox apparel very soon. The Mason City High alum and Creighton junior was selected in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Friday by the White Sox.
The 198th pick in this year’s draft, Peter was selected as a shortstop – a position he hasn’t played since his days as a Mohawk.
As a three-year starter at Creighton, Peter played at second base and saw time as a reliever.
“It’s still surreal,” Peter said. “Maybe (it will set in) when I go somewhere or actually play in the organization. Right now, I’m still on Cloud 9 and just enjoying the moment.”
Peter, who still has a year of eligibility remaining at Creighton, said it’s very likely he will sign and forgo his final season.
“They (the White Sox) gave me a good enough number where I think I’ll end up signing,” Peter said.
Peter became the highest drafted player out of Mason City, going six rounds sooner than his teammate from the 2011 Mason City team, Brandon Platts. Platts was selected in the 13th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates but never signed.
Peter drove in 37 runs and hit .299 en route to being named to the all-Big East first team as a junior. He hit .350 as a sophomore.
He said the White Sox haven’t discussed using him as a pitcher, where he was 2-1 in each of the past two seasons. As of now, the plan is for Peter to be playing every day at shortstop.
“I had a good feeling about them,” Peter said. “The phone call I had with the regional scout was a positive one. I kept my eye on them every round. I felt very confident.
“It’s just another position to me. You just have to keep getting better every day.”