February 27, 2013 - Northwoods League (Northwoods) - Rochester Honkers
(Rochester, MN)-- The Rochester Honkers Baseball Club announced today that Adam White, an assistant coach at Penn State University, will be their new field manager for the 2013 Northwoods League season. White takes over for Brian Aguailar who stepped down to take a position with the AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead such a great organization into the 2013 Northwoods League season," said White. "It has always been a goal of mine after my professional career to be a head coach, and I am thankful to have the opportunity so early in my career."
White feels that his experience from college through the professional ranks gives him the needed edge to win in the Northwoods League. "I know my experience in the game will help guide players to get the most of their abilities, learn the game, and put a winning product out on the field every game," added White. "There is only one goal, to bring a NWL Championship back to Rochester!"
White, 27, spent 4 seasons in Minor League baseball with Cleveland Indians from 2007-2010, reaching the Advanced A level before being released. A 9th round pick by the Indians in 2007, the speedy switch-hitting outfielder was tabbed a Top 100 Cleveland Indians Prospect. He was rated the fastest player in the Indians organization, and in 2008, stole the second most bases in the entire organization.
"My professional career has taught me many valuable lessons about the game, and as well as life. One of the reasons I have pursued a coaching career after I was released was to be able to help teach the game to young players," said White. "Personally, I had to outwork and study the game more because I was a more of an athlete playing baseball, rather than being a baseball player. Professional baseball taught me how to become a complete player, and teaching my players how to approach the game professionally is one of my main goals this summer as well as winning a championship."
White began his collegiate career at West Virginia University where he was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, a National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American, a two-time All-Big East Selection, and a Pre-Season Big East Selection all before being drafted in 2007 after his redshirt sophomore season.
"Going into college, I was not a highly recruited player because I did not play baseball year round," said White. "Being a running back in football, wrestling, and playing baseball made me an all-around athlete. I am thankful that the West Virginia coaching staff gave me the chance to ultimately reach my goal to play college and professional baseball."
After pro-ball, White began working his way through the Penn State baseball organization while continuing his education at PSU. He served as the team's Director of Baseball Operations, Team Manager, and now an assistant coach. White currently holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Education at PSU and is currently pursuing his National Strength and Conditioning certification as a strength and condition specialist. White's father was also an All-American wrestler at Penn State.
Aguailar will report to the Minnesota Twins in Fort Meyers, FL mid-March, before settling in with the Rochester Red Wings (AAA affiliate) in New York on April 1st. He will be their Video Coordinator for the hitters, work in the bullpen and batting practice, as well as pre-game duties.
The Rochester Honkers 20th season begins on May 29th when they travel to Mankato, MN for a 7:05pm start versus the MoonDogs. Their home opener is Thursday, May 30th against the same Mankato MoonDogs. First pitch at Mayo Field is 7:05pm. Season Tickets, Bonus Books, Suites and Patios are now available. Call the Rochester Honkers office at 507-289-1170 for more information.