Reds Take A Football Star

The Reds get versatile with its 49th round pick. Cincinatti selected Pat White from West Virginia. Yes, the same Pat White that quarterbacks the Mountaineers during football season. White was an unsigned 4th rounder of the Angels in 2004.

White has not played baseball since high school, but here’s his high school scouting report from our 2004 draft coverage:

An all-state football player as an option quarterback, White has a scholarship to West Virginia (he changed his mind on signing day, eschewing an oral commitment to Louisiana State) that complicates his signability. He has emerged this spring as the best athlete in the prep class. White is an explosive runner whose quick hands at the plate and power potential evoke Devon White comparisons, and his power/speed combination is unmatched in the state. He hit .487-12-48 with 26 stolen bases this spring. To see White’s power, scouts have to watch him take batting practice; his approach means it’s usually absent during games. He’s shown more polish than expected in center field, and may not make it out of the third round.

The 49th round is over, here comes the 50th and final round…