Former Mitchell College baseball player Anthony Santiago will join the professional ranks this summer with the rookie affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
Santiago, an all-conference first team selection in 2011 with the Mariners, is heading to Bristol, VA this weekend to sign a contract with the Bristol White Sox of the Appalachian League. The team plays a 68-game schedule that begins on June 19 and runs through August.
A scout from the White Sox organization had been following Santiago's progress this past spring in the junior college ranks. After he wasn't selected in the draft, Santiago received a phone call from the White Sox that came with an offer of a pro contract.
"When I got the call, all kinds of emotions were running through me because this is what I had been waiting for my whole life," he said. "It was a dream come true."
In his only season at Mitchell, Santiago led the Mariners to a NECC title and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. The freshman catcher started all 35 games behind the plate and hit .400 with 24 RBI and 53 runs scored.
Santiago is the second member of the 2011 Mitchell baseball team to sign a professional contract. Former teammate Drew Rossi played with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League in the summer of 2011.