Dodgers Prospects: Three rookies that could make debut in 2020
Dodgers Prospect likely to be called up in 2020 – Mitchell White
When the Dodgers selected Mitchell White with their second-round pick in 2016, the team thought they were getting a steal. A pitcher with three pitches, including a loud fastball in the mid-’90s and two solid breaking pitches, the team thought White would make his way through the system quickly.
Injuries got in the way a bit though, and White has since slid a bit in the team’s prospect rankings. Still, he’s made his climb to Triple-A at 24-years-old but ran into some bumps in the road there. After going 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA and a 11.1 K/9 rate in 30 innings at Tulsa, White got knocked around to the tune of a 6.50 ERA and 13 home runs allowed in 63.2 innings of work in Oklahoma City. He then made a few appearances in the Arizona Fall League but gave up seven earned runs in his 4.1 innings of work in the desert.
Still, the team saw enough in him last season to add him to the 40-man roster over the winter to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Given that he worked exclusively out of the bullpen in the AZL, the Dodgers could look to transition him into a relief role in 2020.
With the uncertainty surrounding the Dodgers bullpen going into the season, and the likelihood that more relief arms will be carried as part of expanded rosters, the Dodgers may give a call to White if he shows well early in the minor league season. Otherwise, the team could call on him in the chance to see if he will be able to contribute at the big league level or if they should free up his roster spot for next winter.