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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: TYLER WHITE 1B HOUSTON ASTROS

Ahhh the ghost of Chris Shelton lives on.  When it comes to April stars turning to May duds and then out of the game altogether, former Detroit Tigers first baseman Chris Shelton stood as the most shining example of why you should never overreact to early season offensive numbers from previously unknown players.  Already in 2016 we are seeing two such examples in Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and Houston Astros first baseman Tyler White.  With Story mercifully getting a day off Tuesday by the Colorado Rockies as his average sank to .247 under mammoth K rate, the Houston Astros proceeded to drop White to the sixth spot in the order for that same night's game given the massive struggles he has gone through since his own hot start.  White was right there with Story as one of the biggest stories of the first two weeks of the season when he proceeded to smash 5 home runs and hit well over .400.  However we quickly warned you all not to overreact here as White was only considered a moderate prospect heading up the Astros farm system and while he as a good .300 hitter, his power was considered just average as his rates suggested nothing but 20 being his highest possible yield there.  Opposing pitchers soon adjusted to White as we saw when he hit just .083 with 14 strikeouts and zero home runs in his last 41 at-bats.  With top prospect A.J. Reed waiting in the wings, it is entirely possible that White will be moved to a backup role or even sent to the minors if this keeps up.  Again it goes to show you how early sample sizes from unknown players are more likely a mirage then anything and White is proving that point in stark terms. 

 

2 comments:

  1. He will be up by July 1 or even June 1 if the Astros continue to struggle.

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