It has been quite a success story for infielder Tyler White with the Houston Astros. Here’s why he’ll certainly have longevity with the franchise. Look.
The Houston Astros are looking like their old selves now that the bulk of roster is back in the fold from injury. With George Springer, Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve missing extensive time away from the team, the potent offense that this team is known for seemed futile through the stretch.
What I expected to see was what happened — we’d still be able to win a bit but a lot of narrow losses. In fact, for the month of August, out of the Houston Astros‘ 10 losses, six of them were by two runs or less so that goes to show the offense was putting up just enough to stay in games but not enough to put themselves over the top.
There will be some nights where even with a full staff, the team will be hard-pressed to conjure up prolific scoring but still expect those nights — like yesterday evening’s loss 4-3 loss to the Oakland A’s — to be few and far in-between.
But I tell you what — there’s an infielder on this team that will be a mainstay for the Houston Astros for the foreseeable future. He’s doing everything asked by the franchise and even more. He’s big-time in clutch situations and never shies away from an opportunity to excel.
Are you thinking I’m talking about Alex Bregman? Think again. I’m talking about Tyler White, who has carved himself a niche with the Houston Astros. He truly is hell-bent on not being sent down again and I feel he’ll be an integral part of the team’s playoff roster, wherever the team’s chips fall barring the outcome of this exciting race between the Houston Astros and the A’s.
Through 130 plate appearances, White is currently slashing .304/.385/.617 for a 1.002 OPS along with nine home runs, 24 ribbies, 35 hits, five doubles and two triples. He has only 27 strikeouts to his credit.
The man is getting on base and that is the number one qualification when you’re a batter with the Houston Astros. Batting average is important but one must be able to get on base so that the incessant cycle of the factory-like production of runs remain paramount and keep this team uber-competitive.
White also hit .333/.444/.569 for a 1.013 OPS with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies this season. Sometimes we have to take those Triple-A numbers with a grain of salt because a lot of our hitters tend to do well at that level but they seem to bomb when they called up to the majors.
Kyle Tucker is slashing his tail off right now with the Grizzlies but why was he not able to do that
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in his short stint with the Houston Astros?
I partially blame the non-competitive balance of the Pacific Coast League Northern Division this season but it’s important to note that the entire league has an average winning percentage at about .500. The balance is there but just not in their division, to which they play those opponents quite a bit.
I also think it’s the climate that these guys play in on West Coast that’s more conducive for the balls hit into play to sail a bit and help pad these guy’s stats. At a 78-55 record (.586), the Grizzlies still have the 3rd-best record in the PCL. The Grizzlies have already clinched the Pacific Northern Division with a 10.5 game lead over their nearest competitor in the Reno Aces.
Tucker currently is slashing at .327/.388/.586 with a .974 OPS through 120 games this season in Fresno but could only conjure up a .154/.254/.212 line and .466 OPS through 59 plate appearances in the majors.
I think Tucker will eventually get to the point of domination but it’s too early to tell when that will be in the majors.
But one thing’s for sure — the GREAT WHITE is ready to go and I think there’s no stopping this guy’s momentum shift in the forward direction. You’re definitely going to have move out of the way as the White Train comes barreling down the aisle!
For this reason, I think White has a long-term home for the Houston Astros as he still has four seasons of team control left before becoming a free agent in 2023 at age 31 so he continues to be a win-win on not only the production side but the financial side of things as well.
We’ll have to see but let’s just sit back, relax and watch greatness unfold.
Keep it going Tyler!