Top Texas Rangers pitching prospect Owen White, 24, has been called up to the big leagues.
The Rangers recalled White from Double-A on Thursday, MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported. Texas lost to the Los Angeles Angels 6-9 in 12 extra innings on April 13. The bullpen was depleted, and even Jon Gray, who was scheduled to start on the 14th, had to skip his start due to blisters. The bullpen needed to be retooled, and that’s where White came in.
White was selected in the second round, 55th overall, in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. Signed for $1.5 million ($19 million). He was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 2 Texas prospect for 2023, behind outfielder Evan Carter, and the No. 1 pitcher. 43rd overall if you widen the scope to the entire big leagues. Averages 92-96 mph (148.1-154.5 km/h) and tops out at 98 mph (157.7 km/h) with a fastball that mixes in a quality slider, curveball and changeup.
After being drafted, Tommy John surgery 안전놀이터 (elbow ligament reconstruction) and the pandemic shutdown delayed his professional debut until May 2021. According to MLB.com, Owen “made an error in his first start of 2021 and broke his hand while slamming into the ground, sidelining him for another three months. This season, he went 2-3 with a 3.54 ERA in Double-A.
Texas recently lost ace Jacob deGrom for the season. DeGrom, who has had elbow issues, underwent surgery on July 7 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right ulna. Having already undergone Tommy John surgery in 2010, it’s hard to say how long the rehab will take. “It’s always hard when you’re told you’re not going to be able to play for a while. I’ve been through this before, so I know what it takes to come back. That’s the goal.” Gray’s blister issues added to his troubles on the mound.
“Making the jump from Double-A to the majors is difficult for anyone, but manager Bruce Bochy is confident that White can provide quality innings for the team,” MLB.com said.