At the big league level, the 28-year-old White has been a jack of all trades, having played first, second and third base, in addition to a bit of left field. The North Carolina native has also made six pitching appearances, although most have come in late-inning, mop-up duty. His career MLB ERA is 18.56. In four games this season, the right-handed hitting, right-handed thrower has posted a 21.60 ERA with two punchouts and five walks over 3-1/3 innings pitched.
White, who stands at 5-feet-11 and weighs an imposing 225 lb., was designated for assignment on July 19 by the Astros, seemingly making the deal easier to get done for the Dodgers. Upon his designation, he was hitting .225 (49-for-218) with three homers and 21 RBI in 71 games. He had a breakout season in 2018, batting .276 (58-for-210) with 12 homers and 42 RBI. In parts of four big league seasons with Houston, he has slashed .241/.319/.410 with 26 homers and 101 RBI.
Being that White’s primary position is first base, the deal by the Dodgers doesn’t do much for the team aside from providing depth at the upper-levels of the farm. The depth chart on the parent squad is quite deep, as Joc Pederson has recently seen plenty of time there because of potential overcrowding issues in the outfield.
The 24-year-old Scrubb was originally drafted in the eighth round of the 2016 MLB draft out of High Point University. He appeared in 29 games for Double-A Tulsa this year, going 6-1 with a 2.45 ERA (13 ER/47.2 IP) and 56 strikeouts. In four minor leagues seasons, he posted a combined 21-6 record with a 2.37 ERA (46 ER/ 175.0 IP) and 201 strikeouts over 108 games.
Across three levels of the farm last year, Scrubb went 7-2 with a 2.86 ERA and a 10.3 K/9. He pitched in the Arizona Fall League at the conclusion of the 2018 regular season.
Although he was groomed as a starter on the Los Angeles farm, many pundits feel that Scrubb profiles much better as a reliever. The Virginia native throws two primary pitches—a four-seam that tops out at 96 MPH and a very hard curve ball that might as well be considered a slider.
After the trade, the Dodgers’ 40-man roster now sits at 39 players.
White was assigned uniform No. 28.