Addition To The Rockies Farm: Alex White

At this point in the season it is often the case that major league parent clubs often “raid the pantry” from their minor league teams, moving top prospects to make an impact at the major league level.

Well for once, the Colorado Rockies have supplied the Drillers with a few players that could easily have an impact on the team winning the second half of Texas League north division and make the playoffs.

With that said, it was no secret that over last weekend that the Rockies traded All-Star and former Driller, Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians for four top prospects.

Over the next few days, I’ll give you a little background information on the prospects, and where they figure in both the Drillers and Rockies plans throughout the rest of this year, and the foreseeable future.

RHP – Alex White

After playing four years as a pitcher/shortstop at Conley High School in Greenville, North Carolina, White was drafted in

White has missed 11 weeks with a torn tendon pulley in his right middle finger, the same injury that sidelined Jorge De La Rosa for 13 starts in 2010. White will make his Tulsa Drillers debut today, where he's expected to make four starts in anticipation of joining the Rockies' rotation in September.

the 14th round of the 2006 June First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. White did not sign with the Dodgers in 2006 and chose to attend the University of North Carolina.

White was eventually drafted by the Cleveland Indians after his junior year at North Carolina, as the 15th overall selection in the first round in 2009.

White did not pitch in the Indians organization in 2009, but had a terrific 2010 season. Over High-A Kinston and Double-A Akron, White was a combined 10-10 with a 2.45 earned run average in 150.2 innings, walking 46, but striking out 117.

In 2011 White made four starts with Triple-A Columbus before being called up to make his major league debut with the Indians on April 30, 2011. Even though White has been on the disabled list the last two months, he had three impressive starts at the major league level.

With Ubaldo Jimenez leaving, White will have some big shoes to fill in the Rockies rotation, but many in the organization and media expect him to fill them. White is a sinker ball pitcher that has a good chance of benefiting from the National League and Coors Field.

Currently White is scheduled to make five rehab starts in the minors before making his Rockies debut later in the season, with four of those coming with the Drillers.

Alex White’s current 2011 stat line:

          

              W    L  ERA        G  GS     IP    H        R     ER    BB       SO

CLE(ML)   1     0   3.60     3      3     15       14     7        6        9       13

COL(INT) 1     0   1.90     4      4     23.2    19     7       5        5       28

           2     0   2.59     7      7     38.2   33   14    11       14      41

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