The outfielder from South Carolina was drafted in the fifth round this year and has shown power in pro debut …
WASHINGTON – Dorman High in South Carolina has produced two Major League players, at least seven draft picks, and a slew of Division I college baseball players.
Now another recent graduate is off to a fast start in the farm system of the Nationals.
T.J. White, an outfielder, was drafted by Washington earlier this year in the fifth round.
“He’s young, very young,” Nationals’ Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Baca told reporters after the second day of the draft this past July.
“Switch hitter,” Baca added. “I think that the intriguing part for us with him, is the fact that he’s switch hitter, his youth, he’s only 17, and he’s got a chance to have power from both sides of the plate.”
“He’s not a runner,” Assistant GM and VP of Scouting Operations Kris Kline added.
“He’s going to be a corner player, but there’s some electricity in his bat, and it may take a little longer to develop, but I don’t think he’s that far away.”
The native of Spartanburg, South Carolina – who turned 18 in July – has shown some pop in the Florida Complex League.
Playing for rookie manager and Richmond native Jake Lowery, White was hitting .286 in his first 35 at-bats with three homers and eight RBIs.
He had an OPS of .930 after getting two hits in three straight games through Monday.
“Switch-hitter with a calm presence in the box,” Lowery wrote to Federal Baseball on Tuesday.
“He can drive the ball to all fields, which is impressive for a high school draft pick. It’s been fun to watch his growth thus far and aptitude to listen and learn.”