For those who play in dynasty formats, identifying high upside prospects who may not have fully broken out or caught the attention of other owners is paramount. Of course you need to be ready to sell, if needed, when a prospect with a bigger name appears to be losing value.
With that said, let’s take a look at the Dodgers’ Mitchell White, who entered the season with high hopes and has been backing up the hype. He took things to another level on May 6 when he tossed 6.0 shutout innings allowing just 1 H and 1 BB while striking out 9 (and he followed that up with 7 K over 5.2 IP). Overall he owns a 3.63 ERA and 0.98 WHIP over 34.2 IP, showing both strikeouts (38) and control (8). He hasn’t been generating many groundballs this season (0.86 GO/AO), though that too has been a strength in the past (1.42 GO/AO for his minor league career).
He was recently promoted to Triple-A, and his first start was shaky to say the least as he allowed 7 ER on 8 H and 1 BB over 4.2 IP. That shouldn’t put a blemish on his outlook, and given his proximity to the Majors it’s possible that he gets an opportunity at some point in 2019.
According to Rob Terranova of MILB.com White “decided to focus on improving his breaking balls after his last start”. White further elaborated on that, being quoted in the article saying:
“Two bullpen sessions ago, we just focused on the slider and getting it to a different place. Mixing up the grip of it,” he said. “And the other day it was all curveballs. Being able to throw it for strikes, and that’s all about hitting the right line with it. Getting it to break down in the zone. … That definitely helped me out today.”
Any further development in those two pitches, which were already good, with a fastball that Baseball America has said generally sits in the mid-90s, but can touch 97, and the upside is evident. White generally flies under-the-radar, but the stock is rising and he could soon emerge next great Dodgers’ pitching prospects. Grab him now, if you can, before it’s too late.
Stock – Rising Quickly
Sources – MILB.com, Baseball America