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Indians sign White at deadline

By Ron Published: August 18, 2009

The Indians beat Monday night's midnight deadline by signing first-round draft choice Alex White to a contract worth $2.25 million.

In 16 starts for the University of North Carolina, White compiled an 8-4 record and a 3.87 ERA, giving up 93 hits, 44 walks and striking out 121 in 107 innings. Opponents batted .233 against him.

White, 20, is a 6-foot-3 right-hander, a junior who helped take the Tar Heels to the College World Series. In the opening game, White allowed one run and seven hits in nine innings, walking three and striking out 12.

He made the Atlantic Coast Conference first team the past two seasons and was ranked as the sixth-best prospect and the fourth-best pitcher in the draft.

The Tribe took White with the 15th overall pick. He also was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 14th round of the 2006 draft, following the pitcher's senior year at Conley High School in Greenville, N.C., but he elected to attend college instead.

Tentatively, the Indians view White as a back-end bullpen contributor.

''Alex's combination of power stuff, competitiveness, intelligence and overall athleticism made him an attractive draft pick for us,'' director of scouting Brad Grant said in a statement. ''We look forward to him beginning his career with us.''

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