ROOKIE BALL

Tyler White enjoys hot start to pro career

Rookie

Former Catamount baseball standout Tyler White broke into the big league in a big way as the 25-year-old rookie with the Houston Astros notched a pair of three-hit games, three home runs and nine RBIs in the first week of the season. That torrid start, which included smacking a single on the road in Yankee Stadium in his first Major League at-bat, garnered the former 33rd-round draft pick with American League Player of the Week honors. White, who began his baseball career at WCU as a walk-on, also appeared on the TV show “MLB Tonight” after earning his way into the Astros’ starting line-up. Above (from left), the MLB Network’s  Ken Rosenthal, Brian Kenny and Al Leiter interview White and his WCU head coach, Bobby Moranda.