Mason Felt is expected to make a full recovery from the single-car accident that claimed his father's life, and should be able to continue to play the game both men loved.
Felt -- who graduated from Hebron Christian Academy in the spring and was a fifth-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds -- and his father Rick were driving home for the holidays Saturday when their Ford F-150 crashed near Ozona, Texas. According to police, Mason Felt was driving the truck on Interstate 10 when he veered off the road and flipped after overcorrecting.
Rick Felt, a former South Gwinnett start who pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers system in the '80s, was not wearing a seatbelt and was killed. Mason, 18, was rushed to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, where he remained Tuesday.
Heath Kennedy coached Mason, a left-handed pitching prospect, at Hebron and was with the family in Texas on Tuesday. He said Mason's most significant injuries were "respiratory," and nothing that should prevent him from playing in the future.
"He's still in the ICU but he's in stable condition and he's expected to make a full recovery," Kennedy said. "Things are looking good. It's a blessing."
Mason had been in Arizona to rehab his elbow, which was injured and required Tommy John surgery last year. Kennedy said Rick Felt had flown west to ride back home for Christmas with his son.
After the accident, the Reds flew the Felts to Texas to be with Mason. Kennedy said the family -- including Mason's mother, 16-year-old sister and 12-year-old brother -- was holding up as well as can be expected.
"It's been amazing to see all the different people that stepped up to support them and encourage them and send them well wishes," Kennedy said.
Doctors hope to have a more accurate idea of when Mason might be sent home by early next week, Kennedy said.
Meanwhile, friends, family and teammates from every level have taken to social media to share their hopes for Mason's recovery under the hastage "#PrayForMason." Sister Morgan, 16, tweeted Monday that she had prayed over her brother with the hospital chaplain.
"Every storm runs out of rain," she added later.