OH – The Akron Aeros named starting pitcher Alex White the team’s Player of the
Week today after excelling again with two more starts in the Eastern League.
The award covers the week of July 5th through July 11th
where the Aeros played seven games against the Trenton Thunder and the Erie
SeaWolves. White started in Akron’s victories Monday night and Saturday night,
leading the way with another string of quality starts.
right-hander finished the week with a 1-0 record and a 0.75 ERA in 12.0 innings
pitched. He recorded eight strikeouts against only seven hits and two walks,
continuing his consistent streak of Double-A pitching. In his outing Monday at
Canal Park against the Thunder, White tied a career-high with 12 groundball
outs but did not factor into the decision as the Aeros struck for seven runs in
the deciding seventh inning. He then held the SeaWolves scoreless through six
innings Saturday night, earning the easy victory.
the course of his 10 starts for Akron this year, the 21-year-old has easily emerged
as the leader of the starting rotation. He is now 4-1 with a 1.53 ERA in 59.0
innings pitched, holding Eastern league opponents to a .190 batting average
against with a team-leading eight quality starts. He has permitted 22 runs
total while only allowing 10 earned runs and has an even more impressive 0.74
ERA over his past four appearances.
began the 2010 season with the Class A Kinston Indians in the Carolina League,
his first taste of professional baseball. In his eight starts with the K-Tribe,
he finished 2-3 with a 2.86 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 44.0 innings pitched. He
recorded quality starts in each of his final four starts before earning the
promotion to Akron on May 23rd. Cleveland selected White in the
first round (15th overall) of the June 2009 Draft after a very
successful three seasons at the University of North Carolina.
Baseball America recognized the
Greenville, NC native in their pre-season and mid-season rakings of baseball’s
best prospects. He was named the ninth best in the Indians system before the
year as well as the #65 prospect in all of the minor leagues. In a recent
update, White jumped all the way up to #47 according to the esteemed publication.
The Akron Aeros will
award their Player of the Week honor to an individual player every Monday for
the rest of the season. In the case of a Monday closure of the team offices,
the Aeros will announce the award Tuesday morning. Akron outfielder/first baseman
Matt McBride won the award last week as well as the Eastern League Player of
the Week. This week, the separate EL Player-Pitcher of the Week Awards went to
Binghamton’s Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Reading’s Vince Worley, respectively.
The first half of the Eastern League regular season concludes this
evening as Akron finishes a four-game road trip in Erie. The Aeros hope to keep
pace in the Western Division playoff race Monday night with a 7:05 p.m. first
pitch at Jerry Uht Park. Akron left-hander Eric Berger (4-4, 4.74 ERA) will
make the start in the series finale against SeaWolves starter Thad Weber (5-9,
4.05 ERA). Join Jim Clark for Monday evening’s radio broadcast beginning at
6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information,
please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.