TEXAS LEAGUE BASEBALL: RockHounds’ White uses consistency to shine

MIDLAND Consistency has been the biggest thing for MidlandRockHounds’ first baseman Mikey White this season.

White used that effort to earn his spot on the 2019 Texas League South Division All-Star team.

“Consistency and staying focused on every pitch,” White said. “Being the player that I know I can be. Last year, I struggled a little bit and this year, I’ve just been trying to stay consistent.”

White is currently in his second season with the RockHounds and admitted being named to the all-star team was a big accomplisment.

“It’s a huge honor,” White said. “There are so many good players in this league and it’s a huge honor to have and it’ll be great to go out and get the experience out there in the All-Star game.”

This year’s All-Star game will take place June 25 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Okla.

White feels like he’s having a better year than he anticipated.

“It was a little bit of a surprise,” White said. “I’m having a little bit more of a better year than in the past. I’ve never been a part of an all-star team so this feels pretty amazing.”

The first baseman is currently hitting .266 and leads the RockHounds with 20 doubles and 40 RBIs.  

White’s biggest takeaway from this season so far has been helping the club get victories and stay in the hunt for the first-half title. Midland finished 34-35 record in the first half of the season, one-half game behind first-place Amarillo.

“I guess just being consistent and trying to help the team win,” White said. “I’ve been trying not to be selfish and help the team win and do whatever it takes to get the win at the end of the day.”

For RockHounds manager Scott Steinmann, White brings a positive vibe to the team along with his offensive production.

“Mikey brings a fun experience, not discounting the offensive numbers he’s put up,” Steinmann said. “He’s got so many doubles but he brings our community together. Our dugout and ball club community together. He’s got a fun personality about him and a great teammate.”

White’s enjoyed his time in Midland so far.

“Playing with these guys is fun,” White said. “It’s fun to come to work every day and hopefully, we can grind it out and take care of business in the second half of the season.”