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68 Forrest Whitley SP

Houston Astros

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February 19, 2020 11:24 AM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Likely headed to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astros pitching coach Brent Strom said Tuesday that he expects Whitley to be assigned to Triple-A Fresno to begin the 2020 season, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

This was the expectation, but Strom essentially confirmed that the team's top pitching prospect is not in the hunt for a spot in the Opening Day rotation. "And when it's right, it'll happen, but I don't think right now I would consider him, you know, a viable candidate [for the No. 5 spot]." Whitley struggled to a 12.21 ERA in eight appearances at the Triple-A level last year while battling through shoulder fatigue. He returned late in the calendar year, putting up an impressive 32:9 K:BB in 25 innings in the Arizona Fall League. Whitley is in camp with the big-league squad.

January 21, 2020 03:44 PM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Invited to big-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley was invited to the Astros' big-league camp Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

A first-round pick back in 2016, Whitley endured a tough 2019 campaign. In 11 starts for Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Round Rock last season, he posted a 9.00 ERA and 1.85 WHIP while featuring a 29.5 percent strikeout rate and 15.43 percent walk rate. With just five of those starts coming at the Triple-A level, the highly rated prospect likely needs some more minor-league experience before he's ready to push for a big-league roster spot.

September 25, 2019 03:44 PM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Excellent in first AFL start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley, who took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of his 2019 Arizona Fall League debut, attributed a lot of his woes this season to trying to make some necessary mechanical adjustments that he hopes will ease the stress on his shoulder going forward, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports. "I'm getting a lot more comfortable with the newer delivery, throwing a lot more strikes as of late, bullpen [sessions] have been really solid lately," Whitley said.

He missed seven weeks with shoulder fatigue this year, which is what led to the mechanical tweaks that he says resulted in some growing pains that will be worth it in the long run. Whitley is working on maintaining a better posture in is upper body, and it is understandably not an overnight fix when adjusting a delivery that he has been using for the past seven years. He struck out six while allowing one hit and two walks in 4.2 innings for Peoria over the weekend. Whitley is simply too talented to struggle for much longer if his health cooperates. He won't make the big-league rotation out of spring training, but if his mechanical adjustments pay off, he could spend a good chunk of 2020 in the majors.

August 28, 2019 12:44 PM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Headed to AFL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley will throw in the Arizona Fall League, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Astros' top pitching prospect has endured a season plagued by injuries and ineffectiveness. Whitley pitched to a 12.21 ERA over his first eight starts before the organization sent him to Florida for a two-month reset, a period during which he was on the minor-league injured list with right shoulder fatigue. Since his return to full-season affiliates, the right-hander has been inconsistent, posting a 4.94 ERA over six starts for Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Round Rock.

August 11, 2019 09:44 PM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Outside chance to reach majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley (shoulder) could still contribute in some capacity in the majors this season, but he faces an uphill battle to do so, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. "He would have to prove to us in August that he could help us, which is a high bar (because) he's not currently on the (40-man) roster," general manager Jeff Luhnow said Saturday. "But I'm not going to rule it out, that's for sure."

He walked five and only threw 42 of 82 pitches for strikes in 3.2 innings Saturday for Double-A Corpus Christi, interrupting what had been a nice three-game run for him. In his three previous starts -- two at High-A and one at Double-A -- Whitley struck out 16 and walked only three in 12.1 innings of three-run ball. Whitley is certainly talented enough to make a case for joining the big-league roster in September, but he would really have to be lights-out going forward to force the Astros to clear a 40-man roster spot for him. In all likelihood, he will make his big-league debut in 2020.

August 9, 2019 05:40 PM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Set for another Double-A start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley (shoulder) will make another start for Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday.

The right-hander fared well in his first rehab start for Corpus Christi on Aug. 4, allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five over four innings against Midland. Whitley has been slowly working his way back from a bout of shoulder fatigue, which sidelined him initially in late May. It's not out of the question that we could still see Whitley with the big club in September, but he's not on the 40-man roster, and the Astros may very well decide they're set without Whitley this season.

August 1, 2019 01:52 PM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Moves to Double-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley (shoulder) was transferred to Double-A Corpus Christi on Thursday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Whitley has been sidelined since late May with shoulder fatigue, but he's ready to move his rehab to the upper minors after striking out nine and allowing just one hit across five scoreless innings in his most recent outing with High-A Fayetteville on Tuesday. It remains to be seen how many appearances the young righty will make with the Hooks before rejoining Triple-A Round Rock.

July 29, 2019 11:00 AM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Not moving up yet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley (shoulder) will make at least one more start at High-A Fayetteville before moving up to either Double-A Corpus Christi or Triple-A Round Rock, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Whitley, who was shut down in late May with shoulder fatigue, started for Fayetteville last week, throwing 61 pitches (37 strikes) and 3.1 innings. It looks like the Astros are building up his pitch count before he moves up to an advanced-level affiliate.

July 23, 2019 06:40 PM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Starting at High-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley (shoulder) will make a rehab start for High-A Fayetteville on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Whitley was shut down with shoulder fatigue in late May after opening the season with a 12.21 ERA in 24.1 innings for Triple-A Round Rock. He hasn't been any better thus far on his rehab assignment, allowing five runs (four earned) while walking nine batters in 4.1 innings at the rookie-ball level, but he'll move up to a full-season affiliate Wednesday despite his continued struggles.

July 22, 2019 06:44 PM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Joining High-A soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Jeff Luhnow said Whitley (shoulder) will pitch for High-A Fayetteville before the end of the month, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Whitley has been sidelined since the end of May with right shoulder fatigue. After making a pair of rehab starts in the Gulf Coast League, the young righty is set to join Fayetteville for his next start. It remains to be seen how many more rehab starts Whitley will require before being cleared to rejoin the Triple-A rotation.

July 20, 2019 10:48 AM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Struggles in rehab outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley (shoulder) gave up two runs (one earned) on one hit and six walks while striking out five in 2.2 innings during Friday's rehab appearance in the Gulf Coast League.

This is shaping up to be another semi-lost season for Whitley, who has missed significant time with shoulder fatigue and has pitched poorly when he's been healthy. His stock is clearly down, but he is still just 21 years old and his ceiling has not changed. The extremely hitter-friendly environment of the Pacific Coast League has not helped matters. He is a strong candidate to be assigned to the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost time if healthy.

July 3, 2019 02:04 PM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Throws off mound
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley posted a video on his personal Twitter account Friday of him throwing off a mound at the Astros' spring training complex.

The game's top pitching prospect has not pitched in a game since May 23 due to shoulder fatigue, but he has been ramping up his throwing program of late. The hope is that Whitley can return to the Triple-A rotation in the coming weeks. He will need to pitch much better this time around in the Pacific Coast League in order to earn a promotion to the majors in the second half.

June 26, 2019 02:00 PM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Nearing mound work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley (shoulder) is expected to resume mound work within the next couple weeks, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Whitley was placed on the minor-league injured list in late May with right shoulder fatigue and has been rehabbing at the Astros' spring training facility in Florida. The 21-year-old is expected to return to minor-league games around the third week of July, assuming he avoids any setbacks.

June 8, 2019 08:52 AM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Preparing to throw
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley (shoulder) has been working out with the training staff in the gym but is not yet ready to throw, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Whitley was placed on the minor-league 7-day injured list with shoulder fatigue. "He looks good. He feels good. We're going to give him a little more time before he starts throwing again. Once he does, we'll come up with a plan," said Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow. With Whitley unavailable and Corbin Martin getting sent back to Triple-A Round Rock because of poor performance, pitching depth in the system is being tested.

May 30, 2019 12:04 PM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Suffering from shoulder fatigue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley was placed on the 7-day injured list with shoulder fatigue Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Whitley has struggled to a 12.21 ERA in 24.1 innings and seen his strikeout rate (which typically sits above 30 percent) fall to 24.4 percent while his walk rate has spiked to 12.6 percent. He'll head to the Astros' spring training facility to rehab and sort himself out, so it sounds as though he could be taken out of action for quite some time. Any plans of him making his big-league debut any time soon appear to have been put on hold, but he's close enough to the majors and talented enough that a late-season debut remains possible if he can return to being healthy and effective.

May 12, 2019 09:28 AM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Getting knocked around at Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley has a 10.80 ERA over 18.1 innings for Triple-A Round Rock.

The Astros bypassed Whitley, their top-ranked prospect, in favor of Corbin Martin, who will start in place of a struggling Collin McHugh on Sunday. Whitley has been knocked around during his first taste of the most elite level of the minor leagues. He was tagged for three home runs in his most recent start Friday and has given up seven long balls thus far. It's no wonder why Houston tabbed Martin as a replacement starter instead of Whitley.

April 16, 2019 12:04 PM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Hit hard in second Triple-A start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley lasted 1.1 innings Monday in his start for Triple-A Round Rock, conceding five runs on four hits and two walks while striking out one in a 10-2 loss to Memphis.

Making his second appearance of the season, Whitley endured one of the roughest outings of his largely immaculate minor-league career. The right-hander wasn't merely the victim of bad luck on balls in play either, as all four of the hits he surrendered were doubles. One poor outing in a hitter-friendly environment won't dim Whitley's long-term outlook or change his standing as baseball's top pitching prospect, though it could give the Astros some pause about accelerating his arrival to the majors.

April 4, 2019 10:56 AM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Opens at Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley is opening the year with Triple-A Round Rock, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports.

He will be pitching in games right away this season, which is noteworthy, as the Astros could have opted to hold him back in extended spring training in an effort to make sure he still had plenty in the tank for a postseason run. They can still manage his innings and make that happen going this route, of course, and he should quickly show that he has little left to prove against minor-league hitters. He could be promoted to the majors at any moment this season.

March 16, 2019 09:04 AM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Spins four scoreless innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley walked two and struck out four over four hitless innings Friday against the Cardinals.

Whitley was sent to minor-league camp earlier this week but did not let that disappointment impact Friday's start. With just 10 starts at the Double-A level, Whitley will head back to the minors this season to build up innings.

March 12, 2019 02:32 PM
Astros' Forrest Whitley: Sent to minor-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitley was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

Whitley has allowed just two runs in eight innings of work this spring, recording an 11:2 K:BB, though he was never considered likely to break camp with the team. He has just 10 starts at the Double-A level under his belt, but his talent level is high enough that he's expected to debut at some point this season.

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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-7/195
Birthdate:
9/15/1997
Age:
22
Hometown:
San Antonio, TX
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Houston Astros
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