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Lonnie White was a two-sport prep athlete who could have played wide receiver in college, but he signed with Pittsburgh after they gave him a $1.5 million bonus in the 2021 draft. We've known about the raw tools (plus speed, plus raw power) for years, but injuries limited him to 11 total games in rookie ball prior to 2023. He had a strong 105.3 mph 90th percentile exit velocity while slashing .276/.406/.476 with nine home runs and 18 steals in 61 games across the Florida Complex League and Single-A. White's 28.0 K% at Single-A was a bit of a red flag for a 20-year-old hitter at that level. He is a patient hitter who ran a low chase rate (19.8 percent), but his contact rate was poor (63.5 percent), suggesting he was taking really big hacks when he did opt to swing. At 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, White will need to stay on top of his conditioning in order to stick in center field and retain plus speed, but he's got a very high fantasy ceiling if he can keep the strikeout rate below 30 percent.

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  • Pirates' Lonnie White: Bumped to Single-A

    White was promoted to Single-A Bradenton on Tuesday. White was sidelined for the first two months of the season with a thumb injury, but he has been back in action across the last month. He stuck around in rookie ball for a total of 76 plate appearances and managed a .317/.434/.444 line before his promotion. The 20-year-old will face a more significant challenge with Bradenton and is likely to stick at the level for the rest of the campaign.
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  • Pirates' Lonnie White: Activated, stays in FCL

    White (thumb) was reinstated from Triple-A Indianapolis' 60-day injured list Monday and assigned to the rookie-level Florida Complex League. Though White opened the season on Indianapolis' IL, he was never a serious candidate to join the Pirates' top affiliate when healthy, given that he's yet to even debut at the Single-A level. He should eventually make his way to Single-A Bradenton later this summer, but for now, the Pirates want the outfield prospect to get some steady playing time in the FCL now that he's healthy again. Since making a full recovery from left thumb surgery and beginning a rehab assignment in the FCL on June 5, White is slashing .327/.413/.455 with a home run and five stolen bases over 63 plate appearances in rookie ball.
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  • Pirates' Lonnie White: Rehabbing in FCL

    White (thumb) began a rehab assignment June 5 with the Pirates' rookie-level Florida Complex League affiliate and has gone 7-for-37 (.189 average) with a 5:16 BB:K through nine games. White remains on Single-A Bradenton's 60-day injured list after he underwent surgery on his left thumb in late March, but he looks to be on the cusp of his full-season debut now that he's gotten some reps under his belt in the FCL. The 64th overall pick of the 2021 First-Year Player Draft has played in just 20 total games during his young professional career while tending to multiple injuries.
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  • Pirates' Lonnie White: Opens on 60-day IL

    Triple-A Indianapolis lists White (thumb) on its 60-day injured list. White is likely on the Triple-A roster for procedural purposes, as he has yet to play above the rookie-ball level and is expected to be assigned to Single-A Bradenton once he makes a full recovery from the left thumb surgery he underwent in March. His placement on the 60-day IL ensures he'll miss at least the first two months of the minor-league season.
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  • Pirates' Lonnie White: On mend from thumb surgery

    White is expected to sidelined for 7-to-9 weeks after recently undergoing surgery on his left thumb, Alex Stumpf of reports. White apparently suffered the thumb injury while sliding into second base during a recent minor-league game on the back fields at the Pirates' spring training camp. Following his surgery, White doesn't look like he'll be ready to make his 2023 debut in the minors until at least early June. The thumb injury is yet another setback on the health front during White's brief professional career, as the 64th overall pick in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft also missed considerable time in 2022 with UCL and hamstring injuries.
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  • Pirates' Lonnie White: Clean bill of health for spring

    White (elbow/hamstring) isn't expected to face any restrictions during minor-league spring training, Justice delos Santos of reports. The 64th overall pick of the 2021 first-year player draft, White has thus far played just nine career games in the minor leagues. He missed most of the 2022 campaign while recovering from a UCL injury to his elbow as well as the hamstring injury, but he appears to have made a full recovery over the offseason. Expect the 20-year-old outfielder to open the 2023 campaign at Single-A Bradenton.
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  • Pirates' Lonnie White: Shut down with UCL injury

    Single-A Bradenton placed White on the 7-day injured list Wednesday with a UCL injury, Alex Stumpf of reports. After posting an .851 OPS over 33 plate appearances at the rookie-ball level in 2021, White will have to wait a little longer to make his 2022 debut while he contends with the elbow injury. The severity of the injury isn't yet known.
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