Penn State football fans and likely, even the coaching staff itself were probably hoping that four-star wide receiver signee Lonnie White Jr would not be selected early in this year’s MLB Draft.
That hope ran out on Monday afternoon when the Malvern Prep graduate was drafted 64th overall on Monday by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The slot value of the 64th overall pick is just north of $1 million. Though with the Pirates going “under slot” (taking a player who will sign for cheaper than the recommended value) with their No.1 overall pick, they will have more money to offer White during negotiations. All in all, the Pirates will be be hoping they are able to sign White and keep him away from State College.
For Penn State, losing White to baseball was a known risk but would still be a hard pill to swallow. Should he make it to campus with the Nittany Lions, he is expected to become a game changer at wide receiver whether it’s this year or in the near future.
That being said, being drafted this high in the MLB Draft is an incredible achievement and the entire BSD Staff congratulated Lonnie on being selected by the Pirates.