Florida baseball player turns a shark attack while surfing into a major league contract

Jacksonville, Fla. - Last year, a fun day at the beach in Jacksonville, turned tragic for Clayton Schulz.

"I felt something grab my foot and all I could really feel was just teeth on it, that's all I could really feel is teeth." Schulz recalls.

While surfing, Clayton had been bitten by shark. After five in a half hours of surgery and 400 stitches on his left foot. He never thought he'd be back to old self, anytime soon.

"When they told him that he had a 90 to 95 percent chance maybe even a hundred of recovering fully he just relaxed. he said ok know I need to get to work and work hard. " Clayton's father Peter said.

Shulz was a pitcher on the University of North Florida's baseball team. His number one goal, was to get back on the mound.

"They waited and held me out of throwing to make sure that i was strong enough. I definitely got stronger and stronger as the season went on and just gained strength not only in my foot but in my arm and body."

Clayton didn't just return to the mound stronger, he returned a better pitcher. He was named the 2011 prospect league pitcher of the year. Big league scouts started to take notice. In particular the Kansas City Royals.

"It was at that point when it really got me going, this guy is really taking some interest for a big guy (royals scout) like that to come out and watch me throw. He came out to watch and the next day he made me an offer." Clayton said.

Earlier this month clayton signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals.

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