Under The Radar #2 - The Pitching Whites

Contining with a look at players who slipped under the radar this past season, we'll examine a pair of lefthanders with the same last name who pitched for Ogden in 2006- Cody and Garret White.

Cody is from Texarkana, Tex, who was drafted in the 12th round in 2003 after high school but who didn't come to terms that summer. He stayed at home,attending Texarkana Community College for a year, then signed as a draft-and-follow. Stationed in the Gulf Coast League, he didn't get much of an opportunity before a strained muscle in his pitching arm shut him down after five games in which he was 1-1, 2.53.

He finally got healthy in the extended spring camp of 2005 in which he appeared to be coming along well. Sent to Ogden, it proved to be an illusion for he was battered, going 1-3, 6.92 with opponents ripping him for a .351 average.

That raised some questions, of course, but he provided answers this year. Again, he pitched for Ogden but this time with sparkling results as he held batters to a .190 mark, compiling a 4-2 record with a 2.68 ERA.

He 's currently in the Instructional League camp where he's throwing the ball extremely well. His fast ball hovers between 88 and 92 and he has an effective slider. A 21-year-old 6-3, 185-pounder, he should fill out more and get even stronger. Right now, he appears as a candidate to be a very effective situational lefthander.

That's a very useful person to have which is why the Dodgers chose the other (and unrelated) lefty named White- Garret - in the sixth round out of the University of Mississippi where he led the team in appearances (25) and saves (8)this past spring.

Garret, however, never approached Cody's success with Ogden as he seemed to alternate effective appearances with horrible ones to wind up 1-3, 7.62 as he was cuffed around at a .286 pace.

Hardly encouraging but he, too, has a fastball in the 88-92 range and pitches with an agresssive mentality, going right after hitters. His secondary pitches need brushing up which is what he's working on in Arizona now. Early results are encouraging.

He's a 22-year-old with an imposing mound presence at 6-5, 235. The Dodgers feel he can come on just as Cody has, giving them two more likely lefties out of the bullpen.

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