The Major League baseball season has been described as a marathon. It is a grueling 162 game regular season that demands 11 additional wins from one team before a champion is crowned. Amidst the grind of the regular season comes a time of the year when rumors are swirling for every team as the trade deadline approaches on July 31st. At this time of year, team prospects are highlighted more and more as scouts are watching every pitch and every swing to decide what players will be involved in trade packages and proposals. Early this week, word broke on social media that three of the Dodgers top pitching prospects, Yadier Alvarez, Mitchell White, and Dennis Santana, were being promoted from Single A Rancho Cucamonga to Double A Tulsa.
White, the #6 prospect of the Dodgers on the most recent Baseball America list, was the first pitcher to get his crack at the new level when he faced the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on the road Saturday night. Placed on a strict 50 pitch limit as he is still recovering from a broken toe suffered in Mid-June, White started off strong as he induced three ground balls in the first inning. This was a common theme throughout his three innings pitched as he limited hard contact each inning. However, the Naturals were able to push across a run in the second inning on a wild pitch as White struggled with his command issuing two walks. Although his final stat line was not eye-popping, he only allowed one hit and his fastball reached 96 mph at times.
Mitchell White is going to be an important name to keep track of for the next 8 days and possibly beyond. With every pitch thrown, a healthy White increases his value to the Dodgers; either as a trade chip or an important piece of the roster down the line.