Legends On Deck

Astros Prospect Drafted In 33rd Round, Makes Opening Day Roster

Photo by: Stacy Revere, Getty Images

On Monday the Houston Astros made one prospects dream come true, when they handed Tyler White the first base job.

White was drafted by the Astros in the 33rd round (997th overall) of the 2013 Amateur Draft out of Western Carolina University  in Cullowhee, NC. Actually White never received a scholarship to play baseball at the school, he was invited as a walk-on, but he excelled at each level and earned his way to play pro baseball.

In three seasons with the Astros organization, White has moved through the ranks very quickly with a career .311 batting average, with 35 home runs and 215 RBI’s. Last season in AAA, he appeared in 57 games, batting .362, with 19 doubles, seven home runs, and 59 RBI’s.

During 19 spring training games, he beat out A.J. Reed and John Singleton, who were also vying for the first baseman job, by batting .348, with two home runs and 10 RBI’s.

The Astros skipper, A.J. Hinch, chose to make the announcement to the rookie in front of the entire team:

“I wanted to make it special for him, so I let him know in front of our team”, Hinch told the media. “I stood him up with all of our young guys … the guys clapped for him. Everybody was very emotional about it because we all know the story and how he’s had to earn his keep. So it was a nice way to welcome him to making our team.”

What made the decision more special was that White’s parents were on hand and he was able to share the moment with them on the field.

Tyler White Gives mom a hug

Tyler White Hugs mom after sharing news that he made opening day roster. Image Source: MLB.com


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