Future Watch: Mitchell White Rookie Baseball Cards, Dodgers –Mitchell White was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round of the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft. He first played for Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, CA. He then had Tommy John surgery in his freshman season at Santa Clara University. He eventually pitched in 29 games for the Broncos as a relief pitcher and 15 as a starter. In just over 124 innings he had 158 strikeouts and continued to develop his post-surgery strength.
In two seasons of minor league baseball he’s played for a total of six teams. That’s not that unusual for a pitcher. This year started with him playing in the Arizona League for the Dodgers on a rehab assignment. He tossed seven innings giving up just two hits and no runs. He struck out eight and then he was off to his next team.
His next stop was the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Class A. White was 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA. Over 38 innings he struck out an amazing 49 batters. Opponents were hitting just .187 against the right-handed hurler. He capped off his time there tossing a no-hitter. In that effort, he was two outs from pitching a perfect game. This was the first no-no in the Quakes’ 25-year history.
White then pitched for the Tulsa Drillers in AA. In Oklahoma, he went 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA over 28 innings pitched. During that span, he gave up just 17 hits and eight earned runs. He struck out 31 batters and the opposition hit a paltry .168 against him. White’s WHIP over his MiLB career is 0.93 to go along with 118 whiffs in 95 2/3rds innings. Now 22, he’s getting closer to reaching his dream of pitching for the Dodgers.
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
White started hitting the mid 90s with his fastball at the end of his redshirt sophomore season, and he could do so more consistently in the future. He usually operates at 90-94 mph with life on his heater. Los Angeles believes both his upper-80s cutter and his downer curveball have the upside to become plus pitches, while his changeup is much more of a work in progress. ETA 2019.
Here’s a look at the 6’4″ prospect dealing:
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