Max White bio
Player: Max White
Jersey Number: 18
School: Williston (Fla.) High School
Hometown: Williston, Fla.
Height, Weight: 6-2, 175
Best Baseball Memory: Getting drafted.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Getting drafted.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Robinson Cano; He’s awesome.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My dad taught me to never give up, man up and work hard.
Favorite Food: Japanese.
Off-field hobbies: Hunt, fish.
Favorite Movie: “Never Back Down.”
If you don’t think Max White was born to be a ballplayer, his mother can show you proof.
“Mom has a picture when I was this high (holding his hand about knee level) dragging a bat with a helmet on,” the Rockies’ second-round draft pick out of Williston, Fla., said. He guesses he was about 2 years old. “My whole life I wanted to be a ballplayer. From the moment I was born.”
The outfielder is getting his start with the Grand Junction Rockies, opting to sign a pro contract instead of playing at the University of Florida. It wasn’t an easy decision, because he grew up 15 minutes from the Gators’ campus.
“Ever since I was old enough to play ball I wanted to play for the Gators, because I’m 15 minutes from the field, but more than that, I’ve always wanted to play professional baseball, and I got the opportunity to do this. I couldn’t turn it down.”
Playing on two or three travel teams year-round in Florida and forging friendships with players in the pros let him know this was what he wanted to do.
“In high school you practice every day, but you have to wake up and go to school,” said White, who hit .407 with five home runs, 23 RBI, 42 runs and 34 stolen bases in 37 attempts as a senior. “I don’t have to do that. I just get to wake up and play ball. This is all right.”
His high school career had plenty of ups and one major down, when he missed his entire junior season after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left arm.
“I had to sit out the whole season and watch my team struggle when I wanted to be out there,” he said. “But the good (memories) are this past year in high school I was the player of the year in the area and the region and the Swanee Conference scholar athlete of the week.”
And he figures to have more good memories from this season.
“Playing is my best memory,” he said. “Getting to play every day.”
Off the field, he likes to hunt and fish, but those are a distant second and third to his passion.
“I like to hunt and fish, but mostly I like to play baseball,” he said “Off the field it’s baseball. On the field it’s baseball. It’s what I do.”