||Born: April 3, 1985
Height: 6′ 4″
Drafted: 42nd Round, 1254th Overall, 2008
How Acquired: Draft
College: United States Military Academy
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|White was an effective two-way player for the Army. For much of his career he was the team’s best hitter while also serving as a rotation stalwart. He went 19-8, 2.99 in his first three years, although his pitching hit a snag in his senior year. The Pirates drafted him as an outfielder. He signed under an Army policy that allowed an athlete to pursue an athletic career while fulfilling his military service by undertaking activities such as recruiting.
Wasn’t initially a starter at State College, but quickly hit his way into leadoff spot every day and for a while was about the only bright spot on a frightfully bad team. After White had played 21 games, however, the Army changed its policy and required him to report for duty.
White requested and received a pause in his commitment to resume playing baseball. He reported to State College just after its season started. Once again, he hit his way into regular role in right, but he tailed off as season went along. Given the layoff, he hit reasonably well, but he was 3-4 years older than most of the opposition.
White opened the season as a backup at Bradenton. He struggled there, hitting just .206 in limited playing time in April and May. The Pirates sent him down to West Virginia and he hit very well, although his plate discipline was weak. He moved back up to high A in August and got hot, hitting 341/410/489. His walk and strike totals were identical to his numbers at West Virginia, except he had one more walk. White played mostly first at Bradenton, with a few games in left. At West Virginia he was mostly a DH and played just a little in left and at first.
White will turn 27 at the start of the 2012 season, so he’s obviously not a prospect. He could move up to Altoona and serve in a 1B/LF/DH role. He’ll be eligible for the Rule 5 draft this winter but won’t be selected.