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A few of the early questions in today’s conference call with Pat White regarded his football career and his former coach, Rich Rodriguez, who is now at the University of Michigan. White answered those questions, though the 24-year old is eager to embark on his new journey as a professional baseball player. He’s had the opportunity to play baseball before – White was drafted by the Angels out of high school in the fourth round in 2004. He instead opted to play football for Rodriguez at West Virginia University. White wanted to attend college at the time and didn’t know if he was ready to be on his own as a professional athlete.
It has now been six years since White put on a baseball uniform. Scouts kept track of White and he didn’t forget about baseball. He was selected three more times in the baseball draft – by the Angels in 2007, the Reds in 2008 and by the Yankees in 2009.
White kept in touch with the game by going to the batting cages and playing catch. Recently, he has taken cuts with a local college team in Miami. He will soon embark for the Arizona Instructional League, where he sees himself as an outfielder.
Reporters asked White if he would take the Bo Jackson approach and play both football and baseball. The fellow Alabaman downplayed the notion, simply saying that Bo is on another level.
The Kansas City Royals have signed outfielder and former Miami Dolphins and University of West Virginia quarterback Pat White to a minor league contract.
“We are excited about the level of interest Pat has in becoming a Major League player and being a Kansas City Royal,” Director of Baseball Operations Lonnie Goldberg said. “Any time that you can add an athletic-type player to your organization, you try to do it. We know the NFL may still be an option and we have discussed that with Pat, but are excited that he is open to the idea of playing professional baseball for the Royals.”
An outfielder at Daphne (Ala.) High School, the 24-year-old White was a fourth-round selection by the Anaheim Angels in 2004, but chose to attend the University of West Virginia on a football scholarship. While at Daphne, the left-handed hitter and thrower batted .487 his senior season with a .974 slugging percentage and 28 stolen bases leading to a second-team High School All-American selection by Baseball America. While at WVU, the 6-foot, 190-pounder was selected by the Angels again in the 26th round in 2007, by the Cincinnati Reds in the 49th round in 2008 and by the New York Yankees in the 48th round in 2009.
Following a redshirt season at West Virginia in 2004, White served as the Mountaineers’ starting quarterback from 2005-2008 before being selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second round (44th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. White ran for 81 yards on 21 carries last year during his rookie season before being released on September 5, 2010.
While at West Virginia, White was a two-time Big East Offensive Player of the Year (2006 and 2007), winning two Big East titles and two BCS bowl games (Sugar Bowl in 2005, Fiesta Bowl in 2007). He remains the only starting quarterback to win four bowl games and has rushed for more yards than any quarterback in NCAA Division I history.