Damonte Ranch grad Nate Nolan drafted by White Sox

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Damonte Ranch high school graduate Nate Nolan was drafted by the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

"It's a dream when you're little, and as you progress through college you hope that the dream becomes a goal," said Nolan.

The Saint Mary's catcher was taken with the 10th pick in the 8th round; number 236 overall.

"I was actually supposed to go for a workout with them (White Sox) last week but luckily we made a Regional for our college team, so I couldn't attend," added Nolan. "But I knew that they were one of the teams that were interested in me."

Nolan helped the Gaels win the West Coast Conference championship this season. He batted .271 with seven home runs and 28 RBI.

He was also named to the WCC's All-Academic first team this season, majoring in economics.

The 236th pick in the draft is slotted to earn a $181,100 salary signing bonus. Nolan has not yet decided if he will skip his senior season and sign with the White Sox. But he is leaning that way, although the money is not the main concern in his decision.

"It's more just talking to my family and seeing how their feelings are; seeing what they think is best," admitted Nolan. "But right now I think I probably am going to sign."

Nolan made a big jump on the scout's radar over the last three years, from going undrafted out of high school, to the 8th round today.

"When you get drafted by a team you start to like them more, I mean, they instantly became my favorite team today," said Nolan. "They have a lot of history, they won the World Series a few years back (2005) and it's a good city as well."