Alex White To Make Major League Debut Saturday

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.

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  • by Steve Location: Greenville on Apr 30, 2011 at 04:28 AM
    There lies the problem, ECU fans always want respect, pick a team and stick with it. Guarantee no Auburn fan pulls for Alabama in basketball then switches back during football. Pull for the heels if you want, but don't come get on our ship during football, take your KY Jelly and go back to Cheater Hill
  • by Wrights Location: Farmville NC on Apr 29, 2011 at 06:30 PM
    Go Alex White. You are an inspiration to others and your fans love you. May GOD Bless you in all that you do on and off the field and Keep you safe. Wish we could be there in the Stands watching you but do know we are pulling for you and Wishing you the very best Game and Season!!!
  • by Tee Location: Rocky Mount on Apr 29, 2011 at 03:20 PM
    Why to go worked very hard to get there, show them your talent, we are pulling for you.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 12:28 PM
    Go Alex!
  • by Fan at OBC Location: Greenville on Apr 29, 2011 at 09:17 AM
    Great kid from a great family who has done it the right way. Good luck Alex. We are proud of you.
  • by unc grad Location: Greenville on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    @ Jim - ???? There are quite a few people down east that care a lot about UNC - and quite a few that went to UNC, came to Greenville and fully supports the Pirates in many if not all aspects. I know several business men in Greenville, that people think of as Pirate Purple, that really support ECU, but graduated from UNC and happened to settle in Greenville. You should do some looking around first......
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      by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:24 PM in reply to unc grad
      Did you pass freshman English at UNC?
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      by Jim on Apr 29, 2011 at 02:50 AM in reply to unc grad
      That's the problem unc grad, to many people pull for ECU in football and then when basketball starts up put on their light blue. If you are a pirate fan, be a pirate fan, don't switch teams depending on the sport in season. Some people wish that ECU would get more respect, well if you are one of those seasonal fans, your not helping the cause, GO PIRATES!
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        by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 05:03 AM in reply to Jim
        we will pull for who we want, when we want and how we want, deal with it
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      by Sam on Apr 29, 2011 at 08:32 AM in reply to unc grad
      To UNC Grad, I do agree as there are a few that I know that do. Same goes vice versa for ECU alums up in the triangle/triad/sandhill that will support the heels. Also, I agree with Jim that there are those who are split ECU/UNC fans just like there are split ECU/Duke fans, and there are also State fans (including alumni) who will pull for State in football and then turn around and pull for either UNC or Duke in basketball. That's just the state of North Carolina for you right there.
  • by Jim Location: Greenville on Apr 28, 2011 at 05:18 PM
    Why UNC, this is ECU country, leave it at D.H. Conley and Kiston Indians star pitcher, no one care about the heels down east, wish him the best~
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      by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 05:01 AM in reply to Jim
      UNC has more fans in the east then ECU does...
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        by Sam on Apr 29, 2011 at 08:24 AM in reply to
        That's not true at all.
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          by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 12:13 PM in reply to Sam
          you would be surprised
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          by Sam on Apr 29, 2011 at 01:02 PM in reply to Sam
          The only east that you would be talking about would be east coast probably, and that's only cause Michael Jordan went there.
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        by Bill on Apr 29, 2011 at 04:12 PM in reply to
        Anonymous is right, Pirate fans. Greenville has more ECU fans than Carolina but Eastern NC has far more UNC fans. Heck, many ECU football fans are die hard UNC hoops fans. That's a fact.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 05:06 PM
    I wonder if Dave realizes that Alex White went to UNC. Dave, maybe a retraction is in order...
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      by Dave on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:45 PM in reply to
      I hate UNC too.
  • by John Location: Ayden on Apr 28, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    Congratulations and good luck to you, Alex!!! Dave and Fred - keep your envious thoughts to yourself....but, how much credit can you give to a couple of guys who sound like an animated duo?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    AG Cox Middle School staff is pulling for you. Good Luck.
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