Three Minor League Players Retire

I received the minor league camp roster today, and after checking over the names I noticed that three players were missing. The three players are right handed pitcher Noah Krol, infielder Chase Lyles, and outfielder Cole White. I’ve confirmed that none of the three players are with the organization, and all have retired.

Krol pitched the last two years as the closer in high-A and AA. He is 28 this year, and was coming off a year where he had a 4.45 ERA in 54.2 innings at the AA level, along with a 4.6 K/9 and a 3.1 BB/9 ratio.

Lyles was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2010 draft. He had strong defense at third base, but didn’t do much at the plate, and was more of an organizational guy.

White had the most interesting backstory of all three players. He was drafted out of the US Army Academy in 2008, but had his career halted that summer when the Army changed their rules on pro athletes. White was required to serve his time in the Army, but was granted leave in 2010 to resume his baseball career. He spent the 2011 season with the West Virginia Power and the Bradenton Marauders, eventually taking over at first base in Bradenton when Aaron Baker was traded to Baltimore. He hit for a .285/.351/.424 line in 151 at-bats in high-A.