MLB.comlisted some prospects who just missed the Top 100. Among them were the Dodgers own Mitchell White. They had this to say about him:
Mitchell White, RHP, Dodgers
White had Tommy John surgery after graduating from high school and didn’t start to take off until late in his redshirt sophomore season at Santa Clara in 2016, which is why he lasted 65 picks in the Draft that June. He can be unhittable at times with his combination of a heavy 92-97 mph fastball, an even nastier cutter/slider and a curveball that shows flashes of becoming a true hammer.
This guy will be in the rotation in 2019, if he maintains his progress and builds arm-strength. His ceiling is that of a #2 starter. He’s part of the reason, along with Urias, Buehler, Santana, Alvarez, Cooper and May why the Dodgers are hesitant to sign a Free Agent like Darvish.
It has been suggested that the Dodgers could package Kemp with someone like Wilmer Font and get out from under the Luxury Tax. That would be nice, but I am sure other teams are thinking Buehler instead of Font. I think that suggestion is delusional… even if it did come from Fangraphs. By the way, the article in Fangraphs gives a glimpse of how the Dodgers are helping prospects advance their skills. I do agree that Wilmer Font deserves a chance. He’s not likely to be a starter in LA, but he could do well in the bullpen. I think he’s in the mix!
I will say this: Mitch White could go down as one of the great draft picks in some time. Even fans in his backyard did not know who he was and when I say he could be a #2, I mean a #2 behind Kershaw. It would not surprise me if he is better than Walker Buehler – I’m not predicting it, just saying what I think is possible… especially if that curveball becomes The Hammer!
Nothing is going to happen until some free agent signs, which may be the next century and of course, Tony Clark is opening his mouth to show how stupid he really is. The MLBPA is running the risk of alienating their fans is they head down this path. It’s all very dumb!
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