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Don't forget the other rookie: Astros' Tyler White outhitting Trevor Story

Houston Astros rookie first baseman Tyler White went 2-for-4 with a single and double in Houston's 8-2 win over Kansas City on Monday -- which means he had a bad game. Lost in the hurricane of home runs that was Trevor Story's first week in the majors, White also had a fairy-tale debut, joining Story in winning Player of the Week honors as they became the first pair of rookies to win the award in the season's opening week.

And get this: White has actually outhit Story so far. That's right, White is hitting .545/.577/1.091 compared to Story's meager .333/.357/1.111 line. White is out OPSing a guy who has seven home runs in six games. In other words: Let's talk about Tyler White.

White was a 33rd-round draft pick in 2013 out of Western Carolina, the school that also produced former Royals closer Greg Holland but is hardly a baseball powerhouse. White was a senior draftee, signed for $1,000. He had put up big numbers at Western Carolina -- hitting .363 with 16 home runs -- but didn't have an ideal body and would have to move from third base to first base, where there were doubts about his power. The Astros drafted him because of those numbers -- why not? -- but still thought so little of him that they initially assigned him to the Gulf Coast League, which is where you send high school kids and Dominican teenagers.

Last summer, Sig Mejdal, the Astros' director of decision sciences, explained to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle how the Astros drafted White, beyond noticing his numbers:

"He didn't have your typical athletic baseball body. Western Carolina, I'm not sure how much that's on the radar of the scouts. I want to give kudos to the scout, to Tim, Tim Bittner, he went to Western Carolina. He saw this guy and he saw enough that he liked about him to write him up, and I don't know how many other organizations wrote him up, but I'm sure it wasn't unanimous. It's tough, he didn't have the athletic body. Tim spoke about the chances of him losing weight and developing."

White says the Astros never talked to him. The only team that did was the Giants, who talked about maybe drafting him and converting him to catcher. White had just started coaching an AAU team when the Astros called. Less than three years later, he's in the majors.

White hit .311 in the minors with more walks than strikeouts. In spring training, he beat out A.J. Reed, Jon Singleton and Matt Duffy to win the job vacated by Chris Carter's departure.

White doesn't fit the profile of a power-hitting first baseman; he hit .325 with 14 home runs in the minors last season, but did homer in three straight games last week. There's always the chance he's a late bloomer in that department as well: At Western Carolina he hit just one home run as a junior but knew he had to add power to have a shot at professional baseball. Then he hit those 16 home runs as a senior.

But mostly White has the one tool that is perhaps the most important in the game, and sometimes the easiest to miss: He can hit. These are small-sample numbers, but they can give us an idea of what type of hitter White is by comparing some of his rates to the MLB averages so far:

Swing rate

White: 40.5 percent

MLB average: 45.4 percent

Miss rate

White: 26.7 percent

MLB average: 24.4 percent

Chase rate

White: 28.8 percent

MLB average: 27.5 percent

Ground ball rate

White: 26.3 percent

MLB average: 43.3 percent

There isn't anything too unique until we get to the final number. White has shown some good patience for a rookie, not being too aggressive or expanding the strike zone. The big thing is his ability to get the ball in the air, which explains why six of his 12 hits have been for extra bases.

You know who White's profile kind of reminds me of? Kevin Youkilis. That's high praise, considering Youkilis was a three-time All-Star. Youk had that bad body, although he was athletic enough to play a good third base for several years. He had great discipline at the plate. Like White, he didn't reach the majors until he was 25. At his peak he hit 29 home runs, but generally hit 15 to 20. And, like White, he was a baseball rat.