White was a 12th round selection out of high school in Texarkana, Tex. in 2003. He didn't sign then; rather he stayed home to attend Texarkana Junior College, then signed in 2004. He looked pretty good in his debut with the Gulf Coast Dodgers (1-1, 2.53 ) but only managed to get into five games before a tender arm curtailed his season.
Moved to Ogden in 2005 he seemed to recover from his arm problems but showed little of his potential going 1-3, 6.92. It wasn't until midway in last season that he finally hit his stride. Used in relief at Ogden he became extremely dependable going 4-2, 2.68.
This spring he was one of the better -looking young pitchers in camp. So much so that he was thrust into the rotation for Great Lakes. There, he's continued to demonstrate he has the pitches to do well- a fast ball that rests in the low 90's plus a sharp curve that's extremely tough on lefthanders (who only hit .103 against him in 2006. )
So far, he's made two starts in which he's allowed but one run in each. He's thrown 7.2 innings in which he's given up only five hits, been a bit wild with eight walks but has struck out 13. Hitters overall are managing a mere .185 against him.
Very commendable, right? So, what's record? 0-2, that's what. Give up a run for the Loons and you're doomed; at least, at this stage because the team only manages a run or two at best. Their inept hitting has meant that some strong pitching has gone for naught.
All a pitcher can do is take care of his business, of course. That's what White has been doing. He seems to be coming of age (he's 22 and at 6-2, 185 has an ideal frame for his profession.) If he keeps on doing it, he'll be very much a bonus derived from a draft rule that is now about to become part of history.