SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- From the day he was selected in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, right-hander Alex White began hearing his future was as a reliever. That was not a compliment then, but he's embracing it this spring.
The Rockies, who obtained White in a trade with the Indians last year, have told White his best chance of making the team to open the season is out of the bullpen. White threw two strong innings in Sunday's victory over the Reds. It was his third relief outing of the spring following two starts.
"As soon as I was drafted, that was the first thing people said, that I was going to the bullpen," White said. "I had to prove my first couple years of pro ball that I could start. I wanted to be a starter. But to get to this level, it's a very fine line. We think my best role right now is in the bullpen, and that's something I'm going to try to do as well as I can."
White throws a sinker in the 92-93 mph range, and it's his most consistent pitch. The Rockies believe he can be dominant if he controls his slider, which is 84-85 mph with depth, and his four-seam fastball, which burned in at 97 mph on Sunday and has reached 98.