Outfielder Charlie White, pitcher Jake Stinnett drafted in 29th round of MLB draft

After seeing its highest-drafted player since 2007 taken on the MLB draft’s second day, the Maryland baseball program had two more current Terps drafted within 15 picks of each other in the 29th round.

Pitcher Jake Stinnett, a previously under-the-radar arm who worked his way into the weekend rotation this season, was drafted 869th overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates, while outfielder Charlie White, currently one short of the all-time steals record, went 884th to the New York Yankees.

In the 21st round of last year’s draft, the Yankees took Terps pitcher Jimmy Reed, the player chosen Friday afternoon in the sixth round by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Stinnett finished this season with a 2.83 ERA in 16 starts, including nine appearances. He struck out 48 and walked 24, allowing just 11 extra-base hits over 63.2 innings, and no homers. He is slated to play in the Cape Cod League for the Brewster Whitecaps this summer. Reed declined to sign with the Yankees and pitched in eight Cape League games before watching his draft stock rise 15 rounds. Stinnett could position himself for something similar.

White, Maryland’s leadoff hitter and starting centerfielder as a redshirt sophomore, was named all-ACC after leading the conference with 39 stolen bases, ranking fifth with 75 hits and eighth with a .350 batting average. Those 39 stolen bases put White at 61 for his career, and was a Maryland single-season record.

Should he decide to return to Maryland, White would play for the Eau Claire Express of the Northwoods League alongside teammate Blake Schmit.

UPDATE: Senior catcher Jack Cleary went in the 39th round to the Milwaukee Brewers. Two signees — catcher Nick Cieri (32nd round, San Francisco Giants) and  RHP Michael Shawaryn (32nd round, Kansas City Royals) went as well.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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