Dodgers: Four Dodger Prospects on the Rise for 2018
By Sully Engels
Mitch White was someone who came on very strong at the end of 2016 and carried that over through the entire 2017 season. He sits behind Walker Buehler as the No.2 arm considered in Baseball America’s list. He even surpassed Yadier Alvarez, who was the Dodgers top prospect heading into last season.
White started the year in Rancho and was their best starter for the time he was there. He tossed nearly forty innings with an ERA of 3.74 in a very hitter-friendly league before breaking his toe and missing a month and a half.
After a quick rehab stint in Arizona, he jumped up to Double-A where he got even better. Over seven starts and 28 innings, he posted a 2.57 ERA with a 31 punch outs and only 13 walks.
White seems to be on the fast track to the top, and a lot of people expect him to be in the Dodgers at some point fairly soon. With two plus pitches in his mid-90s fastball and cutter-esq slider, he is on the fast track to the majors.
With his type of stuff and maturity, he might just work his way into the future starting rotation for the boys in blue. Baseball America has him slotted as the No. 5 starter on the projected 2021 lineup.
Take that for what you will, but I don’t think it’s too outlandish. He will be a starter in Oklahoma City next year, and it will be fun to see if he will get a late season call up.
Expect Mitchell White to be up in 2019 with a chance at a late in 2018.