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8/29/1988 (28 y, 5 m, 27 d)
2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 15, Overall: 15, Team: Cleveland Indians
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White was granted his unconditional release by the Astros organization Monday, Bryant-Jon Anteola of the Fresno Bee reports. (6/8/2015)
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The number two guy in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, White had a rocky (no pun intended) introduction to the Major Leagues last year. In seven starts with Colorado, White posted a 7.65 FIP, largely thanks to allowing 12 home runs in just 36.1 innings. His results in Cleveland -- a much friendlier park for pitchers, particularly with regards to home runs -- were not much better: in 15 innings over three starts, he allowed three home runs and his 5.69 FIP calls into question a decent 3.60 ERA. To adjust to Major League hitting, White needs to keep the ball in the zone and in the yard. He does not figure to be a strikeout heavy pitcher (expecting much more than 6.5 strikeouts per nine is probably not wise), and in the minors, he had his greatest success when he avoided walks and home runs, even if it came at the expense of strikeouts. This may make the move to Colorado a troublesome one -- White's fly ball percentage was not terrible, but it wasn't great either, and unless he can learn to get far more ground balls, Coors Field is going to be a house of terrors for him. (Chad Young)
The Quick Opinion:
Alex White's first 50 Major League innings were not what he hoped for, and he seems to be a poor fit for Coors Field. If he can start getting more ground balls, keep his walks down, and keep the ball in the park, he can increase his value, but he isn't there yet.
Colorado should be happy, one supposes, that Ubaldo Jimenez has flopped so spectacularly in Cleveland, because Drew Pomeranz is not exactly lighting things up for them and Alex White played his way into being traded for a reliever. The Rockies' follies aside, White was a nice acquisition for the rebuilding Astros, despite his limitations. He was pretty awful for the Rockies in 2012 -- if one wants to imitate Aaron Cook, there is more to it than a fantastic ground ball rate, you actually have to avoid walks. He strikes out more batters than Cook (who doesn't?), but in 2012 White walked almost as many batters almost as he struck out, which predictably ended in disaster. The move out of Colorado should help, although he was never all that impressive in striking batters out in the minors. White may very well end up in the bullpen, and while it is a good move for a rebuilding team like the Astros to give him a long look in the rotation, it does not make sense to take a chance on a player like that in fantasy. Avoid for now. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Alex White is going to get a shot to revive his career as a starting pitcher in Houston after a horrible year in Colorado. He is young, so it might work out, but you should not spend a pick on a player who is a back-of-the-rotation starter on likely the worst team in baseball.
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