Scout Notebook - Gabe White
The Cardinals are expected to call up left-handed reliever Gabe White from AAA Memphis today and he will join the team on the road in New York as the Cardinals start a three game series with the Mets. White was signed by the Cardinals as a minor league free agent on 4/24/05, after he had been given his unconditional release by the Atlanta Braves on March 30. White began the 2004 season with the Yankees but struggled mightily. He went 0-1 with an ERA of 8.27 in 24 appearances. The Yankees then traded him to the Reds in July where he would finish the season going 1-2 with an ERA of 6.23 in 40 games. He recorded one save with the Reds along with allowing 39 hits in 39 innings, 12 walks, and 33 strikeouts. White's best season came in 2000 when he went 11-2 with a 2.17 ERA in 83 innings for Colorado. In 2002 for Cincinnati he was 6-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 54.1 innings. For his career, the 10-year Major League veteran is 34-26 with a 4.55 ERA in 562.1 innings with Montreal, Cincinnati, Colorado, and New York. White is a 1990 graduate of Sebring (FL) High School, where he participated in baseball, football and wrestling. In baseball he was MVP his junior and senior years and was the High School Player of the Year in 1990. He recorded 557 strikeouts in his prep career, second-highest total in Florida high school history. SCOUTING REPORT Gabe White is very durable and he can pitch very often, on little rest. He has the ability to get right-handed batters out as well as left-handers. He is a smart pitcher with excellent control, who is a near gold glove caliber fielder who is very good at holding runners on base. White has four pitches: 1. Four seam fastball, with average major league speed and movement the he locates very well, he will also pitch inside to keep batters honest. 2. Change up, an average changeup at best 3. Slider, with above average speed and movement with a quick break that can be very effective. 4. Curve ball, is probably his least effective pitch, it's below average in terms of velocity and movement and is a slow pitch. White is not the typical ground ball pitcher that you usually see in St. Louis. When he is effective he can rack up a lot of strike outs and induce a lot of lazy fly balls. The left-hander has one of the lowest groundball/fly ball rates in the game (a microscopic 0.45 in 04), he gets in trouble giving up the long ball, it will be interesting to see if Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan can get White back to his 2002 form where White appeared in 62 games and in 54.9 innings he gave up only 49 hits while striking out 41 batters vs 10 walks.