With today being the 4th of July, it seems only fitting that Cole White be today's profile. White was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 42nd round of the 2008 draft out of the United States Military Academy. The Pirates also took Chris Simmons in the 41st round that year. White and Simmons started out the year with State College, but their seasons ended quickly, due to a policy change with the US Army.
West Point cadets are required to serve two years of active duty upon graduation, although there was an exception for professional athletes, who could delay the obligation until their playing careers were over. In July 2008, the Army changed the policy so that the service time had to come first, making it so that athletes had to serve two years before applying for a re...
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