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Pat White Signs Minor League Contract With Kansas City Royals

Former WVU Mountaineer quarterback Pat White has signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.  White, who was recently cut by the Miami Dolphins, caught the eyes of Royals scouts with his sheer athleticism:

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“He’s a tremendous athlete with a baseball background,” said assistant general manager J.J. Piccolo, who oversees the Royals’ scouting and player-development operations.

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“Anytime we can add someone as athletic as Pat to our system, we have to do it.”

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White has a long history of playing baseball, though he played none at West Virginia.  He was drafted four times, by three different major league franchises, during his time at WVU.  This statement makes it seem like the door may not have completely shut on football, however:

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“We know the NFL may still be an option and we have discussed that with Pat,” said Lonnie Goldberg, the club’s director of baseball operations. “But (we) are excited that he is open to the idea of playing professional baseball for the Royals.”
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Anyone who remembers White leading the Mountaineers to four bowl wins in four years has to wish the kid the best of luck.  I, for one, would still love to see him catch on in the NFL, but admit that looks increasingly unlikely.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.