Brooklyn, NY- The Tri-City Valley Cats are in a hot-spot this week, working to make the New York Penn League playoffs. First baseman Tyler White has contributed in a few ways down the stretch. In the twenty-two games he's played with the ValleyCats, he's gotten twenty-five hits and eighteen RBI, and worked nine walks.
White has level jumped three times this year, starting off in the GCL, then to Appalachian League, finally landing in Short-Season A ball in early August. The Astros selected White in the 33rd round, on the final day of the 2013 MLB Draft.
The team visited Brooklyn to take on the Cyclones, who are also battling for a playoffs spot, and he spoke about adjusting to the league, and playing in the same league as a former Western Carolina alum.
Getting Acclimated: I wouldn't say harder, just different. They threw me in the mix, and it just took me awhile to get back to what I've always done and simplifying.
First to Third: It took me a long time to get back to playing third. It was weird for me. But now I'm comfortable. It's easier and I definitely like playing third better.
Former Teammate, Now "Rival": [Julian Ridings] Oh, we're good buddies. We work out together at the same gym in the off-season. We knew each other since high school. We're both from a small town. We play different...he's definitely entertaining. We're different on the field, put it that way.
The Big Hurt: Being away from home and family is the hardest part. I'm not sure why I started slow, but I think I just needed to stay within and get comfortable here.
The Big Lesson: From last season to this season, I'm seeing more pitches. I'm getting in better counts. I'm trying to hit the ball in the gaps, up the middle, and not trying to do so much when I get up there.