When 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 Continue reading Who is Chase Whitley?
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 Continue reading Yankee Top Ten Relief Prospects (Part 1)
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” Continue reading Chuck Johnson on Chase Whitley
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 Continue reading Prospect Profile- Chase Whitley, RHP