Scouting Analysis: Steven White

With so much attention given to breaking down prospects piece by piece, looking at their strengths and weaknesses with great detail, we present Scouting Analysis here at PinstripesPlus.com. Now, let's take a look at righty pitching prospect, Steven White.

Mechanical Strengths. First and foremost, Steven White is a power pitcher. Since college, he has become a stronger, harder throwing hurler. In fact, he has elevated his fastball velocity from the low 90's to the mid 90's in one year. But, his mechanics can also take credit for that. When you see his mechanics, you immediately see torque.

White has mastered using his entire body, using every bit of his ideal pitching build. He drives hard and straight toward home plate and he gets well over his front leg when he released the baseball. Not to mention, his arm is fast, yet smooth from a high three-quarters arm slot. But, it doesn't end there. The tall righty also bends well at the waist as he is excellent at forcing the ball low in the zone when he's on top of his game.

Despite a somewhat violent motion, White retains very good balance, especially out of the stretch position. He remains tall and upright throughout his motion and keeps the ball well hidden until he releases it. With a loose arm and loose wrist, White creates the appearance that the ball is exploding out of his hand at the last possible second. Between hiding the ball well, and a low, loose arm angle, the big Texan tends to miss a lot of bats.

Mechanical Flaws. Overall, White is typically very mechanically sound. However, when he is not quite on top of his game, he is easily thrown out of sync. With a somewhat violent delivery, he tends to lose his release point at times. The result? His normally, low, moving, live fastball sails up and out over the plate. One of his problems has been falling off the mound to the first base side. When this happens, his arm angle drops and his pitching rise. With his arm and body falling away from each other, he loses his normally good control, plus the good movement as well.

Perhaps the most significant effect this can have on the righthander is regarding his breaking ball. When his weight is falling away from his arm, he fails to get on top of the curveball and it tends to roll up to the batter rather than have the hard break he has the potential to achieve.

Repertoire Strengths. The best pitch a pitcher can have is a good, moving fastball. Steven White definitely has the working in his favor. With a fastball that sits between 92-94 MPH, touching 95 MPH with outstanding movement, he went much more exclusively to his heater in 2004. But, in 2005, despite battling injury woes, he found more consistency in his breaking ball and changeup. With his natural lower slot being at a high three-quarters, White developed a good "slurve" in 2005 with Trenton. As long as he keeps himself from falling to the first base side of the mound, it works as an excellent put away pitch.

Repertoire Weaknesses. Right now, White is not truly in need of another pitch. So, it is quality, rather than quantity of his pitches. His breaking ball was a big improvement for him and made him much more of a strikeout pitcher in 2005. However, his changeup could still use some improvement. It all comes down to consistency. If he can get it in the zone with more frequency, he'll be one step closer to succeeding.

Notes. One thing White has been known as since his college days is a work horse. When he's healthy, he has excellent stamina and is not afraid to throw a lot of pitches and go deep into games. If you're looking for an innings eater, he's your man. He has a bulldog mentality and attacks the zone with every batter.

What Scouts Look For. At this point in his career, it is going to be all about health for White. His stuff is there and the pitching intellect is there. But, to keep his value as a prospect, scouts will want to see a large sample size of White. This will make his health a huge key.

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\r\n\r\n\r\nMechanical Strengths. First and foremost, Steven White is a power pitcher. Since college, he has become a stronger, harder throwing hurler. In fact, he has elevated his fastball velocity from the low 90's to the mid 90's in one year. But, his mechanics can also take credit for that. When you see his mechanics, you immediately see torque.
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\r\nWhite has mastered using his entire body, using every bit of his ideal pitching build. He drives hard and straight toward home plate and he gets well over his front leg when he released the baseball. Not to mention, his arm is fast, yet smooth from a high three-quarters arm slot. But, it doesn't end there. The tall righty also bends well at the waist as he is excellent at forcing the ball low in the zone when he's on top of his game.
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\r\nDespite a somewhat violent motion, White retains very good balance, especially out of the stretch position. He remains tall and upright throughout his motion and keeps the ball well hidden until he releases it. With a loose arm and loose wrist, White creates the appearance that the ball is exploding out of his hand at the last possible second. Between hiding the ball well, and a low, loose arm angle, the big Texan tends to miss a lot of bats.
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\r\nMechanical Flaws. Overall, White is typically very mechanically sound. However, when he is not quite on top of his game, he is easily thrown out of sync. With a somewhat violent delivery, he tends to lose his release point at times. The result? His normally, low, moving, live fastball sails up and out over the plate. One of his problems has been falling off the mound to the first base side. When this happens, his arm angle drops and his pitching rise. With his arm and body falling away from each other, he loses his normally good control, plus the good movement as well.
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\r\nPerhaps the most significant effect this can have on the righthander is regarding his breaking ball. When his weight is falling away from his arm, he fails to get on top of the curveball and it tends to roll up to the batter rather than have the hard break he has the potential to achieve.
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\r\nRepertoire Strengths. The best pitch a pitcher can have is a good, moving fastball. Steven White definitely has the working in his favor. With a fastball that sits between 92-94 MPH, touching 95 MPH with outstanding movement, he went much more exclusively to his heater in 2004. But, in 2005, despite battling injury woes, he found more consistency in his breaking ball and changeup. With his natural lower slot being at a high three-quarters, White developed a good \"slurve\" in 2005 with Trenton. As long as he keeps himself from falling to the first base side of the mound, it works as an excellent put away pitch.
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\r\nRepertoire Weaknesses. Right now, White is not truly in need of another pitch. So, it is quality, rather than quantity of his pitches. His breaking ball was a big improvement for him and made him much more of a strikeout pitcher in 2005. However, his changeup could still use some improvement. It all comes down to consistency. If he can get it in the zone with more frequency, he'll be one step closer to succeeding.
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\r\nNotes. One thing White has been known as since his college days is a work horse. When he's healthy, he has excellent stamina and is not afraid to throw a lot of pitches and go deep into games. If you're looking for an innings eater, he's your man. He has a bulldog mentality and attacks the zone with every batter.
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\r\nWhat Scouts Look For. At this point in his career, it is going to be all about health for White. His stuff is there and the pitching intellect is there. But, to keep his value as a prospect, scouts will want to see a large sample size of White. This will make his health a huge key.
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