After the combined no-hitter in his last start, Mitch White gave up one hit, and more importantly, has still not given up a single earned run in his entire professional career. On a night when the Quakes complied 11 runs and racked up 17 hits, the story in the minds of many, is the future MLB star pitcher that was hurling seeds past 66ers hitters.
It was a balanced scoring attack from the Dodgers High Class A affiliate tonight. Every batter in the lineup had at least one base hit in the game. Most of the runs scored early. The Quakes scored three in the first and added one more in the second inning, to help attentions turn to the stud on the mound for the Rancho squad.
There are many ways to describe the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Mitch White. Thus far my favorite is the way his Manager, Drew Saylor, choses to paint the picture regarding his right handed pitcher. Coach quipped, “I have been describing him (Mitch White) like this, if your playing MLB 2017 (Video game) and if you were to develop a player, from a physical standpoint, from a leadership standpoint, grit, hardworking…the guy you create would be Mitchell White.” Full Chat with Manager Saylor Appropriate and accurate.
Mitch White has not only never allowed a run in his professional baseball career, in his last start, he did not allow a hit. He and Alex Hermeling combined for a 7 inning no-hitter, the first no-no in the Quakes 25 year career.
Mitch White came out of the gate as expected tonight, efficiently working through the Inland Empire line-up. As an example, White threw only 12 pitches in the first inning with 8 of those being strikes. You need to be at the top of your game to use only 12 pitches in one inning, especially while striking out two of the batters in that inning. That is how Mitch White began tonight’s game against the 66ers. That is also, pretty much the way he disposed of opposing batters all night.
White’s Line From Tonight
After three runs scored in the first and one more in the second, the early part of the game seemed to be in complete control with Mitch White mowing down batters with relative ease, or at least that’s how he made it look. White, although only facing the minimum amount of batters, did surrender both a hit and a walk. The base hit he gave up was erased quickly enough as the DH Jared Foster of Inland Empire tried to stretch the single into a double and was unsuccessful. In the 3rd inning, after a lead off walk by White, he bared down for the ground ball double play on the very next batter, Cody Ramer. That was the only signs of life from the Angles minor league affiliate against Mitch White in his five innings of work. The RHP from Santa Clara finished his dominate start after 5 innings. He struck out 6 batters to go with the 1 BB and 1 H that White allowed. He finished the night throwing 59 pitches, 37 of which were strikes. After speaking with a few of the many scouts in the crowd, the consensus was that White had topped out at 97 MPH, and stayed consistently around 93-95 with the fastball. Impressive performance for Mitch White, especially considering he still, has not allowed an earned run in his entire professional career. That is now 31 career innings without a base runner coming across and scoring an earned run. As a matter of fact, he has only allowed 1 unearned run in his career, with only 8 hits allowed. I spoke with Mitch after the game, and asked him what his secret has been, his humble response, ” Been working with Kip Wells (Quakes Pitching Coach).” Post Game Chat with Mitch White A tremendous performance tonight, and an equally outstanding attitude. Look forward to seeing him pitch for the Dodgers for years to come. With outings like this, our chance to watch Mr. White in Rancho will be fading fast, he continues like this, Tulsa is not too far away!
Mitch White Career Pitching Stats