Dodgers acquire Tyler White from the Houston Astros
The Dodgers made a trade on Thursday, although it wasn’t one of their big deadline deals that fans are waiting on. The club acquired Tyler White from the Astros.
With Dodgers fans holding out hope for reliever acquisitions before the trade deadline, the club made a minor deal on Thursday acquiring Tyler White from the Houston Astros. White was a 33rd round pick in the 2013 draft and was recently designated for assignment. He is also out of options so the move is interesting.
The odd twist for Tyler White is that he became expendable due to Yordan Alvarez, the ex-Dodger prospect, breaking out and becoming a mainstay in the Astros’ lineup. With Alvarez raking, the loaded Astros roster had no room for Tyler White. Now the Dodgers will have to find room for White.
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White has the type of versatility that the Dodgers love. Last year in AAA, he played every infield position except for catcher, and he also played in the outfield. This season he struggled with the Astros batting .225 with three home runs. He only played first base this season for the Astros outside of a few garbage time relief outings.
The Dodgers sent reliever Andre Scrubb back in the deal. Scrubb was having a nice season in AA with the Tulsa Drillers. He has a 6-1 record with a 2.45 ERA in 29 appearances. He did make two starts this season and was an eighth-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2016 draft. Scrubb was the Dodgers’ 50th ranked prospect this season according to Prospects 1500.
Given the injury to Kiké Hernandez last night, it will be interesting to see what dominos fall for the rest of the roster. Kiké’s injury was not believed to be serious so he shouldn’t miss much time if any for LA. Tyler did show signs of promise from 2017-2018 as he mashed 15 home runs while slugging over .500.
Last season he mashed left-handed pitching posting an OPS over 1.000 while batting .305 with three home runs in 59 at-bats against southpaws. He even hit right-handed pitching launching nine home runs in 151 AB’s against righties. White will turn twenty-nine years old right around when the 2019 World Series kicks off.