Cody White Says Goodbye to the Loons

Well, the TV show theme for "The Jefferson's" might resonate a little differently for Cody White if by chance, he happens to hear it in the next couple of days. Manager Lance Parrish got the phone call early Sunday morning that White would be leaving the club after his start that day and moving on to the High-A affiliate, the Inland Empire 66er's in San Bernardino, California.

He will be rejoined with former Great Lakes Loon's players, outfielder Bridger Hunt, pitcher's Francisco Felix and Jesus Rodriguez who were promoted earlier in the season.

With all the hype surrounding Clayton Kershaw, many Loon's fans might have overlooked the impressive stuff of White who, although may not have a fastball that leaves smoke signals, is every bit as impressive in getting hitters out in tight situations.

For example, last Sunday versus the South Bend Silverhawks, Cody encountered a bases loaded situation with nobody out, pitching coach Glenn Dishman decided to take a stroll to the mound. "He told me that I should use my changeup," White smiled. And that he did, making the next three hitters look like nothing less than a group of 8 year olds with deplorable hand eye coordination. We can only guess who will replace White in the rotation upon his departure.

Parrish has been pleased with White's development this season and, though he has been very consistent thus far in 2007, is a better pitcher at this juncture in the season as opposed to the beginning.

"I think as his progression has gone this season," Parrish said, "he's really worked on his command. He went from early in the season walking a lot of guys to trying zero in on the zone. He's made a lot of improvement."

White spent the previous two seasons with the rookie league Ogden Raptors after beginning his professional career with the Gulf Coast Dodgers.

The move up will represent the highest level of baseball that he has encountered thus far. But it had become clear that Cody had mastered the Midwest League and that it was imminent that he would be moved along. Out of the prospects promoted this far for the Great Lakes Loons, White has the most potential at being successful in High-A.

As for right now, White is excited about the prospects of it all. He immediately called his mother following the completion of Sunday's ballgame to relay to her the good news. "She was excited but she thought I was lying to her," White laughed. "I told her before that I got released so she thought I was lying this time."

White is expected to join the Inland Empire 66ers at some point Monday, though he had no clue when it was that he was supposed to be leaving.

I imagine that his teammates in Midland will send him off with a grand hurrah like they have before with their lucky brethren. Arrowhead Credit Union Park will be his home and now he will be working under the tutelage of pitching coach Charlie Hough, that one knuckleballer who used to pitch for the Texas Rangers (I hope he doesn't teach Cody that pitch).

So I guess it's adios and do not take this the wrong way but I hope you do not have to come back.

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