SLAMMERS’ CHARLIE WHITE SIGNS WITH CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

 

Joliet, IL —The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy are excited to announce Slammers’ outfielder Charlie White signed with the Chicago White Sox organization Wednesday, September 14.

Standing at 5’10, 175 lbs., the Naperville- native was one of the smaller guys on the Slammers roster, but his presence did not go unnoticed. White’s speed allowed him to steal 28 bases over the course of the season and track down almost any ball hit his way in center field.

White completed the 2016 season with a .260 batting average in his 90 games played. He had 61 runs scored and 35 RBI. He was also one of the six All-Stars selected from the Joliet Slammers this season.

Prior to joining the Slammers in 2015, he played with the Boise Hawks in the summer of 2014. The Chicago Cubs selected White in the 21st round of the 2014 draft after he earned All-ACC Second Team honors his sophomore and junior years at the University of Maryland. He departed Maryland as the Terp's all-time stolen base leader with 86 steals. White earned All-State honors his senior year at Naperville North High School.

“I think I’ve got to this point in my career mainly because of my speed,” White said earlier this season. “Getting on base, stealing bases, manufacturing runs that way, and also in center field, using my legs to track down balls in the gap.”

White was the only local player on the Slammers roster for the full season. As a kid, he was always familiar with the previous Jackhammers team and the Frontier League growing up.

“It’s been awesome,” White said about his experience with the Slammers. “The competition is great and the guys are great and the coaches are great. We get good crowds, we get good support from the town. It’s fun coming out here every day and playing.”

Yet, he is looking forward to one day playing alongside some of the Major Leaguer’s he looks up to.

Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton is built the same way as White and plays the way he does. He also enjoys watching Brett Gardner, outfielder for the New York Yankees.

“You know, smaller left-handed hitting outfielders who use their legs, but they have power too,” White said.

The Joliet Slammers season ended last Saturday following a game four Frontier League Division Series loss to the Evansville Otters. 

About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is a 12-team league entering its 25th season of play in 2017.  Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammers or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers!

 

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