Pete Rose Jr. probably will hit the books before he hits baseballs.

Selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 12th round of baseball's amateur draft earlier this month, Rose said this week he's leaning toward going to junior college rather than signing a professional contract.

Rose Jr. said he was disappointed that he was drafted in a late round and that the Orioles' initial contract offer was $7,000. He said the Orioles hadn't increased their offer.