Tyler White
Tyler White
29-Year-Old First Baseman1B
 Free Agent  Foreign
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
When you are the 977th overall pick in a draft, nobody expects you to make it to the majors. White has played 257 games, amassing 859 plate appearances at the MLB level while hitting .236/.315/.409 in that time. That line won't cut it for a DH-only player who can play first base in a pinch, even if that player hit .311/.399/.539 in Triple-A over parts of four seasons. The last version of White we saw was a Quad-A hitter who could mash in the PCL, but struggled against MLB pitching. The Dodgers sent the Astros a minor-league reliever for White at the deadline, and have since worked on treating a thyroid issue, which has resulted in him slimming down this offseason. He is out of options and will be made available to other teams if he does not make the roster out of spring training. It's possible he will be an improved hitter and defender if this treatment/diet plan allows him to maintain his new physique. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $582,900 contract with the Astros in March of 2019. Traded to the Dodgers in July of 2019.
Heads to Korea
1BFree Agent  F
July 15, 2020
White signed a contract with the SK Wyverns of the KBO on Wednesday, Daniel Kim of MBC Sports+ reports.
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White had been with the Dodgers in spring training but was not included in the team's 60-man player pool, so he'll head to South Korea in search of at-bats. White has produced a roughly league-average 98 wRC+ in 257 career MLB games, so it's not out of the question he unlocks something overseas given everyday at-bats. However,he's already 29 years old, so his odds of making a big-league comeback aren't particularly high.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+11%
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+47%
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+21%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .689 176 17 4 19 0 .209 .324 .365
Since 2018vs Right .766 340 28 11 46 0 .255 .332 .434
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .473 104 8 1 8 0 .146 .260 .213
2019vs Right .695 175 10 2 15 0 .245 .337 .358
2018vs Left 1.010 72 9 3 11 0 .305 .417 .593
2018vs Right .837 165 18 9 31 0 .265 .327 .510
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+11%
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+7%
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+25%
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Since 2018Home .778 253 29 11 33 0 .243 .332 .446
Since 2018Away .704 263 16 4 32 0 .237 .327 .377
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2019Home .590 132 12 2 7 0 .198 .288 .302
2019Away .633 147 6 1 16 0 .218 .327 .306
2018Home .984 121 17 9 26 0 .292 .380 .604
2018Away .789 116 10 3 16 0 .260 .328 .462
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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White earned a mid-June promotion after slashing .338/.444/.579 with Triple-A Fresno. He played sparingly for a month before heading back to the Grizzlies. After just two weeks in the minors, he was summoned when Jose Altuve was placed on the DL in late July. White played regularly at first base, pushing Yuli Gurriel over to fill in for Altuve. When Altuve returned, the Astros kept White's productive bat in the lineup, replacing the slumping Evan Gattis as the main designated hitter. White continued to take advantage of the playing time, posting an .887 OPS for the season. With Evan Gattis leaving for free agency, the primary DH job appears to be White's to lose. His defensive limitations and the amount of talent the Astros figure to break camp with will put a lot of pressure on White to maintain his 2018 levels. Fortunately his December ADP of 254.3 means it won't be expensive to bet on 2018 being the new normal for White.
White's performance in April of 2016, particularly in his first 10 games, intrigued the fantasy community as he appeared to be an unheralded prospect on the verge of contributing in a loaded Houston lineup. Of course, he cooled off and ended up spending most of the year back at Triple-A, and slashed .202/.274/.324 from May 1 on that season. Not surprisingly, the Astros had alternatives at the ready to cover first base and DH in 2017, and White was simply an organizational depth option. He was very productive, but as a 26-year-old in the Pacific Coast League, it's difficult to put much stock in his line (.300/.371/.528) as a significant indicator of skills growth, though his 25 homers at Fresno were a new career-high. The emergence of Yulieski Gurriel paired with the surprising step forward from Marwin Gonzalez will likely leave White on the outside looking in at a 25-man roster spot when spring training ends in March, unless he gets a fresh start with a new organization.
Some players are afforded copious opportunities to succeed or fail in the majors, but for a 26-year-old whose weaknesses were already exposed at the highest level, that window of opportunity can be fleeting. Similar to teammate Preston Tucker, White started the 2016 campaign on an absolute tear, managing five extra-base hits in his first five games of the season. Then the league adjusted, with White struggling to an anemic .148/.221/.279 line for the rest of April and a continual downfall until he was demoted in mid-June. He didn't fare much better upon his recall, slashing just .229/.264/.361 in 32 games of part-time work over the final two months of the season. White might already be lost among the viable (and cheap) alternatives in Houston, and one wonders if a change of scenery will be necessary for White to secure the playing time necessary to adjust to big-league pitching.
As someone who has hit well at every stop in the minors, you'd think that White would've generated a bit more buzz entering this season. Alas, the 33rd round pick of the 2013 draft was not in many discussions to see time in Houston this year, let alone break camp with the Astros. The 25-year-old has been impressive this spring, however, and has a realistic shot at being Houston's starting first baseman on Opening Day. White lacks the power upside that A.J. Reed and Jonathan Singleton possess, but he impressed with a .325 average, 14 home runs, 99 RBI and .939 OPS between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno last season. He has potential to be a .300 hitter at the big league level, so keep him on your radar during the later rounds of your drafts and move him up accordingly if he wins the starting first base job in spring training.
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Outrighted, back at camp
1BLos Angeles Dodgers  F
February 17, 2020
White was re-invited to camp after being outrighted off the Dodgers' 40-man roster Monday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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DFA'd by Los Angeles
1BLos Angeles Dodgers  F
Lat
February 10, 2020
White was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Monday.
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Moved to 60-day injured list
1BLos Angeles Dodgers  F
Lat
September 2, 2019
White (lat) was shifted to the 60-day injured list Monday.
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Out for season
1BLos Angeles Dodgers  F
Back
September 1, 2019
Manager Dave Roberts said that White (upper body) won't be activated off the 10-day injured list this season, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
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Heads to IL
1BLos Angeles Dodgers  F
Upper Body
August 13, 2019
White was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a right trap strain.
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