Bama junior shortstop Mikey White was selected in the second round of the MLB draft by the Oakland A's. White was the 63rd overall pick, just as Spencer Turnbull was last year by the Detroit . The signing bonus slot money for that position is $979,600 this season. Turnbull signed for $906,000 last season.
White started at shortstop in all 184 games of his Tide career and finished with a career .308 batting average while scoring 132 runs and driving in 98. In 2015, White led the team with a .339 average. Prior to coming to the Capstone, White, the son of former Bama football player, starred at Spain Park High School in Hoover where he was named Mr. Baseball in Alabama in 2012.
Many scouts project White as a second baseman at the next level, and that appears where he will be headed, as the A's used the 20th pick in the draft to select Florida shortstop Richie Martin. White isn't known for doing any one thing great, but is above average in most aspects of the game. He isn't a plus runner, but can steal a base. He doesn't have a gun for an arm, but can make all the throws needed. He doesn't have elite power, but can hit doubles in the gap and pop an occasionally home run. The best compliment he is continuously given is that he is a "baseball player" that grinds, plays hard, and plays the game the right way. A team knows with White on the field, they will always get maximum effort.
White will most likely report to the A's rookie team after signing for "short season" and begin the transition to second base, but could also play some short and third. Being versatile is so important in professional baseball right now, and the more roles you can fill, the better chance you have of advancing. Short season will last through August. White is the perfect type player for the A's, who seem to favor gritty, hard-nosed players.
Through the first two rounds of the draft, Tide signee Mike Nikorak was picked 27th overall by the Colorado Rockies, and White was taken in the second. Expect Casey Hughston, Georgie Salem, Kyle Overstreet, Ray Castillo, and Taylor Guilbeau to be selected over the next two days. Hughston is a draft eligible sophomore who is expected to be taken in the 3rd-4th round.
- Hughston has been selected in the third round (96th overall) by the Pirates.
- Guilbeau is taken in the tenth round (314th overall) by the Nationals.
- Overstreet 14th round (#417) to the
- Will Carter 14th rd (#423) to the .
- Salem 39th rd (#1156) Diamondbacks. Only a junior, he may return to improve his stock.
- Surprisingly, Castillo was not drafted. Just a junior, the RHP should return to Bama.