Most fans were hoping to see Noah Syndergaard return to the Blue Jays organization, but after he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, management turned to a familiar trading partner to bolster the pitching corps.
TSN’s Scott Mitchell reported that the Blue Jays were acquiring 27-year-old right-hander Mitch White, along with prospect INF Alex De Jesus from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for pitching prospects Nick Frasso and Moises Brito. White comes with several years of control as he is not arbitration eligible until after the 2024 season and does not become a free agent until the end of the 2027 season.
White doesn’t carry the resume or limelight that the name Syndergaard does, but he is a capable back-of-the-rotation starter or long-man reliever for the Blue Jays. White is a former second-round pick made by the Dodgers back in 2016 and made his MLB debut in 2020. Last year White split his time between Los Angeles and their Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City.
In 2022, White has been a mainstay with the Major League club and moved into the rotation on May 21. He had a rough first outing allowing three runs over four innings on five hits and three walks, but he has been quite impressive in almost every start since. In his nine starts since that outing, White has tossed five innings without allowing a run and in his most recent appearance, he threw his first quality start as he pitched six innings allowing just two runs. Overall as a starter in 2022, he has an 0-2 record with a 3.47 ERA.
Prior to the trade deadline the Toronto Blue Jays acquire starting rotation depth in 27-year-old Mitch White from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Alex De Jesus is a 20-year-old infield prospect that was ranked #19 by MLB Pipeline within the Dodgers organization. He has split 2022 between Single-A and High-A where he has combined for 34 extra-base hits (11 home runs) in 86 games with a slash line of .272/.386/.447.
The two Blue Jays prospects they gave up in the deal are still far away from pushing for a spot in the Major Leagues, but Frasso was having a strong 2022 campaign. The 23-year-old right-handed pitcher had split time between Dunedin and Vancouver where he combined for a 0.74 ERA over 10 starts and 36.2 innings. Brito was signed as an international free agent two months ago and was still pitching in the Dominican Summer League.