White solid in Astros debut
Alex White, who was acquired in last December’s trade with the Rockies, made his first start for the Astros on Wednesday against the Blue Jays and threw two scoreless innings. He threw 25 pitches, 14 strikes, and allowed one hits and one walk.
He was facing a Blue Jays lineup stacked with regulars Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, Brett Lawrie, Colby Rasmus, J.P. Arencibia and Emilio Bonifacio.
“It was good to get out there and get some work in,” he said. “I felt really good. There were a few things I wanted to work on mechanically with my delivery and it felt great today. If I can stay consistent in my delivery, I think my command is pretty good.”
White said he threw mostly two-seam and four-seam fastballs.
“I threw maybe two breaking balls and maybe one or two splits,” he said. “I have to throw my fastball for a strike and that’s what I’m trying to do here early and make sure I have command of it.”
White feels he’s made a good impression early in camp.
“I put in a lot of time this offseason and made a lot of changes throughout my delivery to be more consistent,” White said. “I think now I’m just kind of seeing that I’ve put in the work and hopefully good things will happen. I have to make sure I throw a lot of strikes, and that’s the key.”
White was the last of the Astros’ candidates for the rotation to get a shot to show new manager Bo Porter what he can, but he knows the competition is going to be good for all involved.
“I’ve gotten to know a lot of these guys pretty well and they’re all good guys,” he said. “We enjoy competition. We obviously want these spots and we’re going to do everything we can to earn them and keep pitching.”