Scouts considered White a quality defensive shortstop with a light bat at Clemson, from where the Athletics drafted him in the 11th round in 2016. He attracted little attention in pro ball before breaking out offensively in 2018, leading the Double-A Texas League in on-base percentage (.388), runs (81), hits (154) and triples (eight) and continuing to perform in the Arizona Fall League. The Rangers acquired him in December along with three pitching prospects from the Rays in a three-team trade that sent Jurickson Profar to Oakland.
White surged at the plate after making a serious of adjustments, giving him a better bat path and allowing him to drive the ball more consistently. A right-handed hitter, he won't be a slugger but he's hitting the ball harder than ever while continuing to use the entire field and tightening his plate discipline. He knows how to use his plus speed to steal and take extra bases.
White's quickness and arm strength allow him to play all over the diamond and make him a solid defender at second base, where he spent the majority of his time in 2018. He's more average at shortstop and also has seen action at third base, center field and right field in pro ball. If he continues to hit like he did last year, he could be an offensive-minded, everyday utilityman in the mold of Chris Taylor.
2B Eli White assigned to Nashville Sounds from Frisco RoughRiders.
Texas Rangers Traded SS Jurickson Profar to Oakland Athletics; Oakland Athletics Traded 2B Eli White and Future Considerations to Texas Rangers; Oakland Athletics Traded RHP Emilio Pagan and Future Considerations to Tampa Bay Rays; Tampa Bay Rays Traded LHP Kyle Bird, LHP Brock Burke and RHP Yoel Espinal to Texas Rangers and Texas Rangers Traded RHP Rollie Lacy to Tampa Bay Rays.
2B Eli White assigned to Frisco RoughRiders.
SS Eli White assigned to Mesa Solar Sox.
2B Eli White assigned to Midland RockHounds from Stockton Ports.
SS Eli White assigned to Oakland Athletics.
SS Eli White assigned to Stockton Ports from Vermont Lake Monsters.
SS Eli White assigned to Vermont Lake Monsters from AZL Athletics.