Blue Jays acquire right-hander Mitch White, infielder Alex De Jesus from Dodgers

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins shares why they acquired right-handed pitcher Mitchell White, says being able to pitch five to six innings was very attractive.

The Toronto Blue Jays have added another arm to their pitching staff, acquiring right-hander Mitch White from the Dodgers along with infielder Alex De Jesus.

White has a 3.70 ERA in 15 appearances this season, including 10 starts, with 47 strikeouts in 56 innings. The 27-year-old was Los Angeles’ second-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft and has a 3-5 record with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP since making the move to the big leagues in 2020.

De Jesus has batted .272 with 20 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs, and 48 RBI with an .833 OPS for both Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Advanced-A Great Lakes, this season. The 20-year-old signed with the Dodgers in 2018 has slashed .273/.376/.434 with 89 extra-base hits in 241 minor league games.

Going to the Dodgers are minor league pitchers Moises Brito and Nick Frasso.

In 10 games between Single-A Dunedin and High-A Vancouver Frasso had a 0.74 ERA and 57 strikeouts through 36.2 innings. Since his promotion to High-A Vancouver, he has posted a 0.82 ERA (1 ER/11.0 IP) and 15 strikeouts. Frasso was taken in the fourth round of the 2020 MLB out of Loyola Marymount and has a combined 0-0 with a 0.65 ERA (3 ER/41.2 IP) and 65 strikeouts in 13 minor league games.

Brito is 2-4 with a 1.86 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 12 games for the Dominican Summer League Blue Jays. The 20-year-old left-handed pitcher was in his first season with the Blue Jays organization after signing as an international free agent on June 2 of this year.

Earlier in the day, the Blue Jays acquired relievers Anthony Bass and Zach Pop in a trade with the Marlins. The team also made a big splash by acquiring two-time all-star Whit Merrifield from the Royals.

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