China Grove Carson pitcher Owen White was selected by the Texas Rangers in the second round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft Monday night.
White was the 55th overall pick, with a slot value of $1.3 million. White will now choose between a seven-figure payday or college at South Carolina.
White was named the 2018 N.C. Gatorade baseball player of the year.
A 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior pitcher, White finished the season with a 10-1 record and an 0.22 ERA. He led Carson to a 24-6 record and an appearance in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state semifinals.
White, a right-hander who has committed to South Carolina, struck out 101 batters and allowed 28 hits and 15 walks in 63.2 innings. Also a shortstop on defense, White hit .333 with 10 doubles and 25 runs score. He ends his career as the school's all-time leader in hits, runs, RBIs, doubles, wins and strikeouts.
“Owen White is the best pitcher we faced this year,” said Brian Hightower, head coach of East Rowan High. “Owen does all the little things on the mound that make him even better as a pitcher. His pick-off move is ridiculous, and he fields his position like no other.”