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Astros release P Alex White
The Astros released former first-round pick Alex White, who was with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, on Monday, according to the Fresno Bee. White was a highly-regarded prospect but injuries have impacted his career. He has a career ERA of 6.03 ERA across 149 1/3 major league innings.
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Astros release former first rounder Alex White
The Astros released RHP Alex White , a former first-round draft pick in 2009. White was drafted by Cleveland. He last appeared in the Majors with Colorado in 2012. White was 1-4, 5.56 with one save for Triple-A Fresno.
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Alex Presley, Alex White sent outright to Triple-A
Astros outrighted outfielder Alex Presley and right-hander Alex White to Triple-A Fresno, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Wednesday. Presley was designated for assignment last week after posting a .206 batting average with two doubles and three RBI this spring. He has three days to accept the assignment or elect free agency. White has been placed on Triple-A Fresno's roster
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Report: Astros place Alex White on waivers
The Astros placed pitcher Alex White on waivers Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports. White, who hasn't seen major-league action since 2012, went 3-6 with a 6.50 ERA and 53:31 K:BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings with Triple-A Oklahoma City last season.
by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer
Astros add Roberto Hernandez, Joe Thatcher to roster
The Astros have added pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Joe Thatcher to the Opening Day roster and designated pitcher Alex White for assignment, the team announced Saturday. Hernandez is set to open the season as the team's No. 5 starter in the rotation while Thatcher is likely to come out of the bullpen after signing a minor-league deal in February. Hernandez posted a 3.71 ERA with five strikeouts and seven walks in five appearances while Thatcher posted a 1.13 ERA with six strikeouts in nine appearances. White struggled in his three appearances this spring, posting a 15.75 ERA with no strikeouts and six walks.
by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer
Alex White no longer in running for rotation spot, among Astros cuts
The Astros announced Friday they sent seven players to minor-league camp, including starting pitcher Alex White, who was in the running for the fifth spot in the rotation. White was technically optioned to the minors, while the remaining six were reassigned. Also sent to minor-league camp were Colin Moran, Jason Stoffel, Nolan Fontana, Preston Tucker, Matt Duffy and Roberto Pena.
by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer
Five pitchers still vying for final spot in Astros' rotation
Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Thursday the final spot in the rotation remains up for grabs, per the Houston Chronicle. The candidates vying for the fifth spot in the rotation are Samuel Deduno, Asher Wojciechowski, Roberto Hernandez, Dan Straily and Alex White. "It's the sum of the entire spring that we pay attention to, but you always want to leave a good impression in the minds of the decision makers and coaches and your teachers," Hinch said. "They're always big. And these guys that are pitching for a spot on the team or playing for a spot on this team as a position player, there's a little bit of stress and pressure that goes into it. But that's a good thing." Deduno and Wojciechowski will be on the mound Friday against the Nationals. The duo have pitched particularly well this spring, as Deduno has allowed one run in eight innings and Wojciechowski hasn't allowed a run in nine innings. "It's a point of emphasis for Sammy to get ahead and utilize all of his weapons," Hinch said. "For Wojo to get ahead and for him to be able to expand on purpose is a great point of emphasis for him. Wojo's changeup and Deduno's fastball are pitches that we're paying close attention to just because the effectiveness that they have on the hitters."
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Hinch: Astros 'likely' to use seven-man bullpen in 2015
Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated that the team is likely to use a seven-man bullpen this season, leaving two spots open for competition this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports. "Likely," Hinch said of a seven-man bullpen. "There's always a chance that (changes) depending on how the schedule plays out, and there's always a debate on how many pitchers to carry during interleague. Now interleague is pretty much year round, so I mean, in a perfect world with our roster, it's likely to carry a seven-man 'pen. If we feel like we need an extra pitcher or injury happens, there's different ways to shape our roster, then we will, but likely 12." The two open spots will likely be filled by a left-handed pitcher and a long reliever. The competition for the second lefty in the pen likely comes down to Kevin Chapman and nonroster invitees Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs. The long relief role has a broader list of candidates, including Alex White and Asher Wojciechowski, who will prepare both as starters and relievers. "We're going to stretch out a lot of our guys," Hinch said. "Some of them are because they're competing in that fifth starter spot, some of them are bullpen guys. Will Harris is going to throw multiple innings. Obviously (Sam) Deduno has been a starter in the past, he's in a competition for the fifth man spot. Wojo, White, those guys are going to need to, going to plan for the season on both fronts, whether it's a starter or reliever. But we're preaching multiple innings. It's important if you have a seven-man bullpen that you have a couple of guys that can get four, five, six outs if needed and be a bridge to the rest of the bullpen."
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Astros' Alex White ready to contribute this season
Astros pitcher Alex White is hoping he can help the club this season, according to the Houston Chronicle. White underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2013, and admitted it took a bit longer for him to get back on track. "It was up and down," White said. "At first relieving went really well, and then you know it just kind of, it's one of those things where people say it's going to be up and down coming back that quick (from surgery) and it really was." This offseason, White was able to undergo his usual routine. "I feel like I'm back to just being a regular baseball player. Here to try to win a job. It's exciting." White, who appeared in the majors in both 2011 and 2012, is just hoping to get back. "I think we're ready to do that," he said. "I think the arm's ready to do that, and it's been a while since I've been in the major leagues, but it's time to get back." The 26-year-old posted a 6.50 ERA over 63 2/3 innings in Triple-A last year.
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Alex White comes off DL, sent to Triple-A
Astros pitcher Alex White was activated from the disabled list Saturday, but will not be joining the major-league roster. White was activated from the DL and optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma, after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Though he is expected to be a starting pitcher long-term, he will work out of the bullpen in the minors, giving him a quicker road to the majors.