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