Miami Marlins Season in Review: Harrison White

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 11: Fans sitting in the stands during the game between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on April 11, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 11: Fans sitting in the stands during the game between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on April 11, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /
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Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 54 of 286. Stay tuned.

Harrison White is a 5’11”, 175 lb. lefty batting righty throwing outfielder from Laguna Niguel, California out of Yale University. Born on November 18th, 1994, he was the 31st round pick of the Miami Marlins in the 2017 draft, 929th overall off the board.

The 929th pick of the draft usually doesn’t make it as far as the majors. Only two have ever graduated to the level, John Brebbia (2011, New York Yankees, 1.6 career WAR), and Greg McCarthy (1987, Philadelphia Phillies, 0.3 WAR).

White completed four seasons of Ivy League baseball with the Bulldogs, slashing a .289/.374/.404 line out in 155 Division 1 contests. He clubbed seven homers with 60 RBI.

White signed after getting drafted, and was sent to the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs, in the New York-Penn League. He appeared in 38 games for the Dogs, collecting nine multi-game hits to include three three-hit games. On August 23rd, he led off and hit two singles and a solo home run, collecting a pair of RBI in a 6-4, 11-inning victory over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Defensively, White spent most of his time in right field, appearing in left field five times. He made four errors in 59 total chances, good for a .932 fielding percentage. Overall through his first professional look, he slashed .280/.379/.348 in 157 plate appearances, with 21 walks and 32 strikeouts. He hit six doubles and a homer, with 12 RBI. The team went 36-40 through the season.

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The 2018 season would see White again start with the Muckdogs, but after going 0-for-11 with four walks and two runs scored, the Marlins released him from his contract.

After parting ways with Batavia, White later signed on with the Florence Freedom, in the independent Frontier League. He played in 19 games for them, going 16-for-76 with a home run and 10 RBI.

Going the independent league route works for some players. Exhibit A is our very own Trevor Richards, who was a substitute teacher and worked at a brewery just a year and a half ago. Going this route could pay dividends for White, but the road is long. He is free to sign any contract with an affiliated team, should one come calling.

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