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Follow the Prospects: TJ White, LF
« Topic Start: April 30, 2022, 11:59:51 AM »
Treylen John (T.J.) White
6'2", 210 lbs.
Born 7/23/03 in Spartanburg, SC.
Played at Dorman High School in Roebuck, SC.
Switch hitter/ Throws right.
5th round, 2021 draft - signed for $400,000, (bought him out a commitment to Indiana)
Current Assignment - Fredericksburg (2.8 years younger than league average)
https://twitter.com/tj_white2021

FG page - https://www.fangraphs.com/players/treylen-white/sa3017697/stats?position=OF
They have him as a 40 prospect, with future value of 55 game power, 60 raw power, 50 speed and field, 40 hit tool.  They have him 19th in the Nats system.

To my knowledge, no connection to Spartanburg's most beloved product, the Marshall Tucker Band.

Perfect game profile: https://www.perfectgame.org/players/playerprofile.aspx?ID=482608
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Treylen "TJ" White is a 2021 OF/1B with a 6-2 210 lb. frame from Moore, SC who attends Dorman. Explosive looking frame with a strong base and wide shoulders. A primary outfielder, works the feet quickly through his approach. Has some explosive actions that should develop with maturity. The arm strength will play with a simplified crow hop as well. A switch hitter, showed huge left handed power with easy loft and a strong and accurate barrel. Right-handed is more flat and line drive oriented. Both sides are started by a balanced base and little movement to create good torque. Outstanding student.
  They rated him a 9.5 on a 10 point scale.

BA had a nice piece on him this year.  To give you a different perspective:
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White was originally a righthanded batter until, at age 6, he wanted to emulate then-Braves outfielder Jason Heyward and try batting lefthanded, too. He stuck with switch-hitting for about four years and then went back to it as a teenager. Eventually, he developed into a power threat from both sides.

In his Rookie-level stint last summer, White hit .283/.356/.547. He showed 65-grade power, good baserunning skills and an average arm. He fit in nicely in a lineup that included fellow prep picks Brady House and Daylen Lile.

Between his work in the FCL, instructional league, minor league minicamp and minor league spring training, White has made progress in the field as well. He played both corner outfield spots this spring.

“He’s showing better outfield play and really improving all around,” Watson said.

First base could be another option for White in the future, but for now he’s a corner outfielder with a middle-of-the-order bat.
https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/nationals-tj-white-shows-off-prodigious-power/

Had a nice debut at the Florida complex league last year - 59 PAs, .283/.356/.547, 4 HR.  Tried him a bit it right but played mostly LF, where he's playing now in Fredericksburg. 

The twitter link has a nice picture of him next to Brady House in uniform, backs to the camera - "White" "House."

There was a nice piece in the WaPo profiling him and talking about Darryl Lile and House as well.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2022/01/09/tj-white-nationals-prospect/
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Of their first 10 selections, seven were position players, four were outfielders and three of the top five were teenagers, plucked straight out of high school to join the start of a rebuild.

And within each of those groups was T.J. White, the switch-hitting corner outfielder from South Carolina. A fifth-round pick and recent Dorman High School grad, White had just turned 18 when he reported to West Palm Beach, Fla., in August. For the Nationals, it was settling to watch him and Brady House (shortstop, first round) produce right away in the Florida Complex League, with White posting a batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage slash line of .283/.356/.547 in 59 plate appearances. House, not to be outdone, slashed .322./394/.576, tying White with four homers in his 66 plate appearances.

Daylen Lile, an outfielder and their second-round choice, also flashed his potential and patience at the plate. The hope is that, in time, House, Lile and White either take off or fill the cracks of a system trying to claw toward average before setting its sights on good. Reflecting on the rush of professional experience, White pointed to House and Lile as a support system, his best friends and the healthy competition that pushes him, all in one.
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“One thing that always stood out with T.J. is that he and his family wanted the honest truth of what he needed to fix to get better,” [high school coach] Jolly said. “We told him to gain some speed and work on his footwork in the outfield, and what happened? He checked both boxes. Because them asking us for tips and feedback was genuine. They really wanted to hear it because he had big goals.”


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Re: Follow the Prospects: TJ White, LF
« Reply #1: April 30, 2022, 12:06:51 PM »
Some new reporting from Prospects 1500 on him:

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Playing in full-season ball at 19 years old is quite an accomplishment. The Nationals’ front office must see something in White to be so aggressive with his minor league assignment. So far, his season has started a bit rough. After his 2021 stint in rookie ball, it was clear that swing and miss were going to be a part of White’s profile, but he could still be successful if he could just hit enough and unlock that power. Unfortunately, he’s striking out at a 39% rate and only one home run.

Simply put, White needs to make more contact. He’s aggressive at the plat and doesn’t seem to have much of a plan, just swinging at everything. Pitchers have been and will continue to take advantage of this. Until he learns to become more selective with what he swings at, White’s plus power will not carry him through the minor leagues. The good thing is that White is young for this level, so an adjustment as the season progresses is likely.
https://www.prospects1500.com/nl-east/nationals/nationals-single-a-prospects-reactions-to-small-sample-sizes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nationals-single-a-prospects-reactions-to-small-sample-sizes

through 49 PAs, seems to be doing well at a very young age in Fredericksburg: .302 / .388 / .535, 2 HRs.  Seem in line with the small sample last year at the FCL.  6 Walks in 49 PAs is a decent sign of a good eye.  Playing exclusively in left.  Base stealing is not a part of his game.  K rate is starting to come down (33%) since that article.  For comparison, it was 24% in the FCL last year.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: TJ White, LF
« Reply #2: April 30, 2022, 07:39:43 PM »
Baseball America article says "At just 18 years old, switch-hitting outfielder TJ White has some of the most prodigious power in the Nationals' minor league camp this spring."

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Re: Follow the Prospects: TJ White, LF
« Reply #3: May 14, 2022, 12:17:48 PM »
struggling a bit. Down to .232 / .328 / .411.  Made a couple of errors last night in left.  11 Ks in 13 ABs in May messing up those early season rates. 

Looks like he didn't play much from 4/24 to last week (just 5/4 until 5/10).