Rookie off to White-hot start in Majors

Prospect hits first home run, drives in four during loss to Yankees

April 8th, 2016

NEW YORK -- The sensational start to the year by Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has garnered him much of the media attention, and deservedly so. Three games into the regular season, however, it's been rookie Tyler White who has been on base more than any Houston player.

White continued his torrid start Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, where he went 3-for-4 with his first career homer and drove in four runs in the Astros' 8-5 loss to the Yankees. White, the Astros' No. 13 prospect, is 6-for-9 through three games of his career.

"I wouldn't say it's surprising," White said. "I'm just going out there and playing my game and enjoying being out there and enjoying playing with these guys."

White, 25, was a career .311 hitter in 294 Minor League games entering this season after being drafted in the 33rd round in 2013. He won the starting first-base job by hitting .353 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 22 spring games, so his track record is that of a natural hitter.

"I think that's the key for him is he looks like he's a guy that's in every at-bat, certainly so far in his young career," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "That's encouraging, to watch him keep his heart rate down, keep the at-bats going, have really good at-bats, doesn't try to do too much, but yet does do damage and has contributed quite well."

White homered off Nathan Eovaldi in the second inning, and he then had a two-run single in the fourth to give the Astros a 5-2 lead. He became the first Astros player since George Bjorkman in 1983 to have at least four RBIs in a game within his first three career games.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about White is he doesn't seem overwhelmed by anything so far. Not by playing in Yankee Stadium, not facing top-tier pitching and not being behind in the count.

"It's just having confidence that your approach works," he said. "Two strikes, one strike -- I try not to let it matter to me. I try to go out there and attack the baseball."

So far, so great.