Pat White didn’t make it in the NFL. Now he’s going to try Major League Baseball.
The Kansas City Royals announced Friday that they have signed the former Miami Dolphins and University of West Virginia quarterback to a minor league contract.
“We are excited about the level of interest Pat has in becoming a major league player and being a Kansas City Royal,” Royals Director of Baseball Operations Lonnie Goldberg said in a statement.
“Any time that you can add an athletic-type player to your organization, you try to do it. We know the NFL may still be an option and we have discussed that with Pat, but are excited that he is open to the idea of playing professional baseball for the Royals.”
An outfielder at Daphne (Ala.) High School, White, 24, was drafted in the fourth round by the Anaheim Angels in 2004, but instead accpted a football scholarship from West Virginia.
A left-handed hitter and thrower, White batted .487 his senior season in high school with a .974 slugging percentage and 28 stolen bases. he was named second-team High School All-American by Baseball America. While at WVU, the 6-foot, 190-pounder was selected by the Angels again in the 26th round in 2007, by the Cincinnati Reds in the 49th round in 2008 and by the New York Yankees in the 48th round in 2009.
White was West Virginia’s starting quarterback from 2005-2008 before being selected by the Dolphins in the second round (44th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. Used primarily in Miami’s wildcat package, he ran for 81 yards on 21 carries last year during his rookie season. He was released by the Dolphins earlier this month.
While at West Virginia, White was a two-time Big East Offensive Player of the Year (2006 and 2007), winning two Big East titles and two BCS bowl games (Sugar Bowl in 2005, Fiesta Bowl in 2007). He is the only starting quarterback to win four bowl games and has rushed for more yards than any other QB in NCAA Division I history.