Tyler White (Haymarket 2010) is not technically a “prospect,” as he exceeded rookie limits in 2016, when he had 276 plate appearances for the Astros and hit 217/286/378.
However, returned to the minor leagues for 2017, Tyler had an excellent season for Triple-A Fresno before he returned to Houston for 67 plate appearances near the end of the season. (In which he performed pretty well, hitting 279/328/525; the high slugging comes from 6 doubles and 3 home runs.)
Tyler hit so well in the minors that Tyler Maun, from milb.com, named him an organizational All-Star for Houston, at the “utility” position. (By the way, if you enjoy podcasts, Tyler is involved with milb’s “The Show Before the Show,” a pretty cool look at the minor leagues.)
Here is what Tyler Maun wrote about our very own Tyler White:
Utility — Tyler White, Fresno (111 games), Houston (22 games): After primarily manning the corner infield spots for the first four years of his career, White was all over the defensive map in 2017. The 27-year-old played every infield position and saw time in left field for Fresno, all while compiling a .300/.371/.528 line with a career-high 25 homers and 89 RBIs in 111 Triple-A games. A year ago, White batted .217/.286/.378 in 85 big league games but held his own in his return to that level, hitting .279/.328/.525 in 22 games with Houston.
When I first read this, my thought was, “Wait a minute. Tyler played second base? He played shortstop?!?” Indeed he did; he appeared at second in 221 games, and at short for 20. Whoa. I didn’t see that coming.
Tyler might have to join a different organization to get serious playing time in the majors in the future, but at least he’ll get a ring for Houston’s title in 2017!