Last Friday, July 19th the Houston Astros deemed Tyler White as designated for assignment (DFA) after his production is not what the organization is hoping for. The Los Angeles Dodgers, on the other hand, felt that the struggling hitter was of service to the team, trading relief pitcher Andre Scrubb to the Astros in exchange for White.
Tyler White, recently DFA’d by the Astros, is headed to the Dodgers, sources tell The Athletic. Unclear if it’s via trade or a waiver claim.
— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) July 25, 2019
Through seventy-one games in 2019, White has barely hit his weight at .225/.241/.420 with only 3 home runs and 21 RBI for the Astros, not impressive at all for a team that is running away with the National League West. The Dodgers are taking White on as a first baseman option but most likely as a pinch hitter role providing he stays with the big league club and is not sent down due to his rough stat line.
Here’s the scoop on the Astros return for White, Scrubb is a relief pitcher who is currently at the Double-A level who has never seen promotion higher than the Double-A level. He is not a top prospect, coming in as a former eighth-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. He is 6-1 with a 2.45 ERA at the Double-A with only two starts and twenty-nine games.
All-in-all, this was a simple swap of position player who is struggling for a murky pitching prospect who has not shown flashes of anything and is yet to even see the Triple-A level. The deadline has not provided fans with much and this is nowhere near the hopeful blockbusters that could come in the next few days as teams become buyers and sellers.