CLEVELAND, Ohio - Former Tar Heel All-America and 2009 first round draft pick Alex White will make his major league debut for the Cleveland Indians Saturday night as he will get the start against the Detroit Tigers. White has posted a 1.90 ERA in four starts with AAA Columbus this season and becomes the first Tar Heel from the 2009 draft class to make his major league debut.
White who earned a trio of All-America honors during his time at Carolina and began his professional career near his hometown of Greenville, N.C. when he opened with the Kinston Indians of the Carolina League.
White posted a 2.86 ERA in 44.0 innings with the Indians before getting the call up to AA Akron. With the Aeros, White finished the year with a 2.28 ERA in 106.2 innings racking up 76 strikeouts to just 27 walks. He posted an 8-7 record during his time with the Aeros.
White opened the 2011 season with the Columbus Clippers the AAA affiliate of the Indians and did not allow more than two runs in any start en route to a 1-0 record and a 1.90 ERA over 23.2 innings of work. White has shown incredible control striking out 28 batters to just five walks on the season.
White will face the Detroit Tigers in a 6:05 p.m. contest at Progressive Field in Cleveland. White will face right-hander Rick Porcello who signed with the Tar Heels out of high school before signing a major league contract with the Detroit Tigers after being selected in the first round of the 2007 MLB draft.