Astros: MVP – Springer, Letdown – White, Surprise – Brantley
Offensive Letdown – Tyler White
In my opinion, Tyler White has been the most disappointing offensive player so far in 2019. White’s slash line of .258/.356/.323 doesn’t necessarily look that bad at first glance. But it’s when you dig a little deeper is where you start to see his pitfalls.
In White’s 22 appearances and 62 at-bats, he’s only managed to knock in two runs and has scored five times. Batting .258 isn’t anything to throw a stick at, but with runners in scoring position is where the problem lies. His current BA is .133 in the 15 ABs he’s had with RBI opportunities, striking out in 10 of those chances.
Speaking of strikeouts, White has struck out 26 times in those 62 ABs, not a very good ratio to say the least. While his strikeout rate is climbing, his power numbers are falling. He has failed to knock one over the wall yet this year after hitting 12 homers last season.
I think the front office, and the fans alike were expecting a lot more out of White this year. But with the numbers mentioned above, an OPS+ of just 89 and a team-low -0.2 WAR, I’d say White has been quite the disappointment. He’d better keep an eye in the rear view mirror, because there’s plenty of talent in the Minors just waiting to get that call-up.