Minors: Alex White profile, top 11 for '11
Updated: April 28, 2011, 1:19 PM ETBy Jason Grey
With Carlos Carrasco (elbow) having been placed on the disabled list, the Cleveland Indians will need a starter for Saturday. David Huff is the next starter in line at Triple-A, especially since he's already on the 40-man roster. However, he would be working on three days' rest. So the Indians likely will turn to prospect Alex White, the 15th overall pick in the 2009 draft. White is expected to make his big league debut after posting a 28-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a sub-2.00 ERA in his first four starts of the season (at Triple-A).
White has been on the fast track since he was drafted out of the University of North Carolina. He debuted (professionally) at the high Class A level last season, then finished the year with 18 appearances at Double-A. He has had success from Day One thanks to the plus sink on his low-90s two-seamer, and he can dial up a fastball to the mid-90s when he needs a little something extra. He pairs that sinker with a late-breaking splitter that is a swing-and-miss pitch, and his two-pitch mix is impressive enough that some teams viewed him more as a power reliever.
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