Keeping up with the Astros Prospects: 1B-3B Tyler White
The Houston Astros are approaching the trade deadline looking for a possible bat to add to the already potent lineup, which is currently missing a few of it’s regulars with George Springer and Jed Lowrie. While missing these two guys, the biggest current weakness of the Astros lineup is the people playing first base. Jon Singleton and Chris Carter are both struggling with the bat in 2015. Carter represented someone who was supposed to be a fill-in until the first baseman of the future was ready in Singleton, but neither has taken off this year.
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At a certain point, the Astros have to address the first base situation with a trade or giving someone else in the Astros organization a chance. While the Astros are stacked with first base prospects in A.J. Reed, Matt Duffy, Conrad Gregor, Jamie Ritchie (catcher), and Tyler White, only a couple of them are ready. Duffy has been at Triple-A for the past two seasons but hasn’t been given a shot to join the Astros. However, there is someone that is quickly rising through the Astros farm system; his name is Tyler White.
Who is Tyler White?
White has risen from humble beginnings like the fictional character Walter White from Breaking Bad. Unlike the fictional White, Tyler has done things the right way after being drafted in the 33rd round of the 2013 MLD draft by the Astros out of Western Carolina University. To be drafted that late in the draft does not automatically guarantee success, but this has not stopped White from going out a playing hard every day.
I can read your mind as you read this, why do I know the name, Tyler White? Maybe this will ring a bell.
Not only was White a representative of the Hooks at the Texas League All-Star game, but he also participated in the Home Run Derby and won. After the All-Star game, White was given some good news.
Let’s take a look at some more of White’s minor league numbers (Baseball-Reference).
As you can see, White has been able to keep a steady slash line through his quick rise through seven minor league teams in three years. That is an impressive feat by anyone, much less a 33rd round pick. So let’s get to know a little bit more about the slugging first/third baseman White through an interview.
Next: Tyler White Interview