29th Round, 884th Overall: Charles White, CF, Maryland, Year: SO, , Bats: Left, Throws: Right, 5-foot-9, 175-pounds
An excerpt from Across the John:
The Report: White is a dynamic center fielder and has the ability to take over a game purely with his legs. Featuring plus speed, White finished top-5 in the nation with 39 stolen bases. He routinely disrupts a pitcher’s rhythm when he reaches base, which he did in nearly 45% of his plate appearances.
The Good: White’s speed will make heads turn. He is as good a bunter as you will ever see and uses his speed to track down balls in centerfield that seem impossible to get to. He’s an excellent slap hitter and sprays the ball to all fields for a high average (.350). On top of all that, Charlie is tough to strike out (17 Ks in 214 ABs) and possesses an above average arm.
The Bad: Many scouts will not roll the dice on White’s style of play. Without any power potential, teams must bank on the fact that he can hit for a high average all the way up to the Major Leagues. Additionally, this was Charlie’s first season as an everyday starter.
The Bottom Line: With the excitement he brings to the leadoff spot and the numbers he put up in an elite conference, it stands to reason that White will get picked. The question is, will he sign?
The Prediction: All the high-ceiling high school guys will go before him, but I bet someone pulls the trigger on White in the second half of the draft. For the right price, they might get themselves a steal, as Charlie will likely dominate the lower levels of pro ball.
MY TAKE: He hit .350/.449/.411 in 214 at bats this season. He’s a short speedster. These types of players are typically long shots, but just look at Brett Gardner — if a guy has speed and can get on base at a good clip he can be a very productive player.