|Standout centerfielder Charlie White (photo / T.Flynn)|
College Park, MD - Maryland's loss is the Chicago Cubs' gain as they signed standout centerfielder Charlie White to a contract this week. The rising senior was drafted by the New York Yankees last season in the 29th round, but opted to return for his junior year with the Terrapins.
His stock rose to the 21st round in 2014, and perhaps more importantly he was drafted by his hometown Cubs. White is a native of Naperville, Illinois, roughly 40 miles to the southwest of Wrigley Field.
"Ever since I was a little kid, the Cubs were my favorite and it's always been my dream to play in the big leagues," White told the Naperville Sun. "I'm really thankful for getting this opportunity and I'm looking forward to it."
White will be joining right-handed pitcher and fellow Terrapin Jake Stinnett in the Cubs' organization. Stinnett was Maryland's #1 starter this year and like White was previously drafted. In 2013 the Vista, California native was chosen by the Pirates, also in the 29th round. A standout senior campaign helped push Stinnett well up the ladder to the second round with the Cubs this year.
As per Maryland's sports information department both players are presently assigned to the Cubs' rookie league team in the Arizona League, which has not begun play.
They may be re-assigned to the Cubs' short season team, the Boise Hawks, who recently began their 2014 season. The pair do not appear on the Hawks' roster at present.