Recent

0

Daily Prospect Profile: Cole White

White

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 release.  White was hitting for a .338/.404/.455 line in 77 at-bats at the State College level at the time.

In 2010, White returned to professional baseball, after having served two years of his five year commitment to the Army.  He returned to State College and hit for a .250/.327/.396 line in 144 at-bats.  At the age of 25 he was a little old for the level, but considering that he had spent the last two years serving our country, being able to put up those numbers without much preparation was very impressive.  White is currently with the West Virginia Power, where he’s hitting for a .310/.370/.524 line in 42 at-bats this year.  He has one home run, a walk off homer against Lakewood last week.

Baseball players are often considered heroes, and we spend a lot of time talking about MLB service time.  The fact is that baseball players just play a sport which is meant to provide us with entertainment.  All it takes is a guy like Cole White to put that in perspective.  It’s then that we realize that MLB service time isn’t nearly as important as the service time Cole has accumulated in his other career.  Regardless of whether White makes the majors, hits more walk off homers, or continues to put up strong numbers, his biggest accomplishment will always be his service to this country, both before the 2010 season, as well as the years he will serve when his baseball career is finished.  Baseball players aren’t heroes.  They’re athletes that entertain us by playing a sport.  The real heroes are guys like White, and everyone else who has served for their country.  We salute those heroes today, because without them, we wouldn’t have the luxury of being able to have things like professional baseball.

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

Indians Wrap Up Road Trip With A Loss In Toledo

Next Story »

Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/3

  • Anonymous

    Hooray for the red, White and blue.

    Good perspective Tim.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KAH4DKCURJYHBMKZIAASB6DP44 VincentR

    Did Fox News write that copy?

  • Lee Young

    Agree wholeheartedly. I work for the Navy and have a brother and nephew who were Marines,

Latest Analysis

  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    15 hours ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    2 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    3 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    5 days ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    6 days ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    6 days ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    1 week ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    1 week ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Cody Dickson is a lefty with the upside of a middle of the rotation starter. (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

    The Mental Adjustment that Led to Cody Dickson’s Dominant 2014 Second Half

    1 week ago

    Trusting his stuff and not trying to do too much — that has been the key for left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson so far in his professional baseball ...

    Read More
  • Third Base Mathisen Luplow Joe

    Who’s on Third? In the Pirates’ Farm System, It Could Be Anyone

    2 weeks ago

    If you have ever played third base in your life — professional, college, high school, slow pitch softball — then the Pittsburgh Pirates might be contacting you ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles

    More