Who is Chase Whitley?

Chase WhitleyWhen Joe Girardi made the official announcement that Chase Whitley would start, there was a collective response from Yankees fans …

Who?

With all the injuries to the pitching staff, New York needed to fill CC Sabathia’s Thursday start. So, Girardi dug into the minors and yanked out Whitley, a 25-year-old righty from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Whitley spent most of his minor league career as a reliever. He’s played in 151 games, but wasn’t moved to the starting role full time until this season. He’s made 14 starts in the minors. In seven games (six starts) this season, he has a 2.39 ERA with 32 strikeouts and seven walks in 26.1 innings. He has a 1.025 WHIP, and has not given up a home run yet this year.

Whitley wasn’t just a pitcher out of college. He also played third base at Southern Union State Community College and Troy University, both in Alabama.  Perhaps, he won’t be a liability with the bat during when plays the Mets at Citi Field.… Click here to read the rest

Yankee Top Ten Relief Prospects (Part 1)

As I’ve said before, the Yankees have been the best organization at developing relief pitchers over the last decade. With all these top prospect lists heading our way, I rarely see much loving handed out to the relief pitchers, so I figured we could focus on an impressive group of guys that could become the team’s future. Who knows, one of these guys might be the next Mariano Rivera. While guys like Dellin Betances might ultimately become relievers, this list is for players that currently project out of the bullpen. While closeness to the majors was a factor, upside was primary, which pushed LOOGYs and many older AAA relievers off this list. Without further ado, the top ten relief prospects.

Manny Barreda, Courtesy of Tug Haines

10. RHP- Manuel Barreda (23)
Drafted in the 12th round of the 2007 draft, Barreda was a small pitcher with velocity to gain and a potential plus changeup. Through his first season and the beginning of 2008, the right hander saw a lot of early success with the GCL Yankees.… Click here to read the rest

Chuck Johnson on Chase Whitley

Over at New York Baseball Digest, Chuck Johnson posted some of his thoughts as a scout on the Yankees Arizona Fall League crew. He got to see everyone play but David Phelps. I recommend reading the whole thing, caveating that he’s drawing conclusions only after observing a very limited example of what a player does. He doesn’t have many good things to say about the (admittedly unimpressive group of) Yankee prospects, but he does have some interesting things to say about Chase Whitley:

Chase Whitley: The Yanks 15th rounder in 2010 out of Troy State, Whitley is a big 6’4” 220 right-hander with a nasty repertoire. He throws a four seamer which touches 96 and has a very late rise, just enough where he will miss a lot of barrels. He throws an 85 or so slider, and while the break isn’t big, it’s late, which, in the overall scheme of things is almost a preferred option because the potential of a mistake is less.

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Prospect Profile- Chase Whitley, RHP

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Chase Whitley was drafted by the Yankees in the 15th round of the 2010 draft. He was a 2 way player at Troy University in Alabama, playing 3rd base and pitching in relief. Originally from Ranburne Alabama, Whitley attended Southern Union State community college before transferring to Troy University. As a junior, Whitley posted a .364/.464/.564 with 10 HRs at 3rd base, but scouts saw more promise in his arm as he went 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA. He was the 475th overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Whitley got off to a great start in Staten Island. He took over the closer role and went 4-2 with a 1.31 ERA and 15 saves. In 34 innings, he had a K/9 rate of 11.5 with a BB/9 of 3.9 with a 2.03 FIP. Whitley also made the New York Penn League all-star team and locked down the game, earning the save for the American league.… Click here to read the rest