Army Notebook

AP photo by Michel Euler.

Just call them Army's Boys of Summer. Pitchers Nick Hill and Milan Dinga made West Point proud last year when they were both selected in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

Army outfielder Cole White could end up joining Hill and Dinga in the club. While White, a senior isn't expected to go as high in the draft as Hill (seventh round, Mariners) or Dinga (10th round, Angels), scouts view him as a legit prospect.

White's numbers don't lie. White, who leads top-seeded Army into this weekend's Patriot League tournament, is batting .383 with 13 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 37 runs scored and 26 RBI. He ranks third among Patriot League leaders in batting average, tied for third in doubles, fourth in runs scored, tied for fourth in home runs, sixth in total bases (84), first in on-base percentage (.494) and second in slugging percentage (.656).

White was named Patriot League Player of the Week this week. He batted .545 for the Black Knights, finishing with two doubles, two home runs, six runs scored and gour RBI. White produced an off-the-charts 1.273 slugging percentage by collecting 14 total bases.

Numbers like that get noticed by pro scouts. Let's hope White pads those gaudy stats in leading Army to the Patriot League championship.

Dinga update: The Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels have placed Dinga on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 3, with a strained rotator cuff.

Dinga pitched on May 2 against Fort Wayne. He gave up two hits and three runs with two strikeouts and two walks in an inning, taking the loss. It was Dinga's first appearance of the year for Cedar Rapids.

He pitched one scoreless inning for the Class AAA Salt Lake Bees earlier in the spring. Dinga’s promotion to Salt Lake marked the highest level a former Black Knight has advanced in professional baseball. No West Pointer has ever reached the Major Leagues.

Hill update: In eight games, including four starts, Hill is 0-2 with a 4.67 ERA for Seattle's top Class A team, the High Desert Mavericks.

He has given up 29 hits in 27 innings with 22 strikeouts and 12 walks. Hill had a 0.51 ERA in 35 innings at short-season Everett last year and did not allow a homer while the opposition hit .197 against him.

With his makeup and ability he has a good chance to move, and we've pushed prospects in the past," Seattle director of player personnel Greg Hunter said. "He still has to go out and perform, but he's a guy who could move pretty quick."

Extra points: Did you know? Former Army players Cameron Craig and Jeremy Trimble are both represented by Kelli Masters, a former Miss Oklahoma. Craig got a tryout with Detroit during mini-camp last weekend and Trimble got a look from the Chiefs. Masters, a civil litigation attorney, is based in Oklahoma City ...... Brig. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., Army's starting center in 1973-74 and still a big Army football supporter, is leaving his post as Commandant of Cadets to lead the 25th Infantry Division. Brig. Gen. Michael S. Linnington replaces Caslen in his West Point post.

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