2015 Draft: Garrett Whitley

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Garrett Whitley | OF

Background
Whitley, 18, is a New York kid from Niskayuna, which is a few miles outside Albany. He popped up as a significant 2015 draft prospect last summer thanks to a series of strong showcase performances, and he will be the first baseball player ever drafted out of Niskayuna High School. Whitely is committed to Wake Forest.

Scouting Report
At 6-foot-1 and 195 lbs., Whitley is a premium athlete and one of the most tooled up players in the draft class. His best tool is his speed, making him a weapon both on the bases and in center field, where he also has a strong arm. Whitley is a right-handed hitter with a ton of bat speed, which projects to above-average power down the road. His swing is far from textbook — part of that is a general lack of reps and refinement — but Whitley has a plan at the plate and, with a few tweaks, he should be able to hit for average and power down the road. Loads of natural ability.

Miscellany
Baseball America, Keith Law (subs. req’d), and Baseball America ranked Whitley as the 7th, 8th, and 17th best prospect in the draft class in their latest rankings, respectively. For what it’s worth, Law said the Yankees are in on Whitley in his most recent mock draft. There’s been talk about Whitley being the Mike Trout of this draft — the over-tooled, under-scouted prep outfielder from the Northeast — but that is so unrealistic and unfair. Whitley’s a very promising prospect though, and I get the sense he’ll be off the board by time the Yankees’ first pick (16th overall) comes around.

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Wednesday Night Open Thread
  • Robinson Tilapia

    Obviously, I’d be all over this kid like a Mean Girls-era Lindsay Lohan and, obviously, like Lindsay back then, he won’t be available.

    • Austinmac

      I had the same metaphor when I read this. The pretty girl was smiling at the guy behind me.

    • Aaron Juez

      I would take Rachel McAdams then and definitely now.

      • Fawn Lopez

        Lacey Chabert was the Mike Trout of Mean Girls.

    • RetroRob

      Knowing what we now know about Lindsay Lohan, you might have underestimated your chances. Crazy is crazy.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I have a pretty direct link to Lindsay at the moment, without exaggeration. Alas, I’m married and without a bag of coke or body-sized condom, like in “The Naked Gun.”

  • Leftballer

    Watching his bat explode through the zone while this song plays in the background on the public announcing system is gold

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OjyZKfdwlng

  • NYYFanFromThePhilippines

    Why do I have this feeling that the stars will align and he’d be available at 16, and then the Yankees….

    • RetroRob

      Posted the Mike Nikorak link in the wrong spot. I’ll move it.

  • Gary Lawrence

    Who did Keith Law project would go 30th to the Yankees?

  • RetroRob

    If he’s the Mike Trout of this draft then by all means draft him. Yet the fact he’s been referenced as the Mike Trout of this draft means he can’t be the Mike Trout of this draft. Kidding aside, my guess is he will go before the Yankees have a chance to select him. I expect a premium (meaning more likely to be drafted a few slots early) on the top position players in this draft.

  • cashmoney

    Yo Mike, thank you for the good work, I have no idea who any of these the potential draftees are, but will look back once the deed is done.

  • Gary Lawrence

    Does any of the following college and high schooler pitchers a possibility and are they signable for the Yankees in rounds 2-5? Blake Hickman, Jacob Kelzer,
    Cole Mckay, Cole Sands, Austin Riley, Luke Shilling.

    • nycsportzfan

      I’d add Peter Lambert to your list. Hickman is interesting

  • Gary Lawrence

    How about this mock for the Yankees: #16 Chris Betts C,
    #30 Demi Orimoloye OF , # 57 Alonzo Jones SS/OF/2B, #92 RHP Cole McKay
    3 top positional prospects plus a dominant right handed high school pitcher

    • BillyBall

      Are you Demi’s relative? Your in love with this kid!

    • nycsportzfan

      I could deal with those first 2 picks, but would want a pitcher at 57(maybe Juan Hillman?) I don’t know anything about the last pick. He a beast?

  • Gary Lawrence

    Sports Illustrated mocked Kyle Funkhouser to us at pick # 16.
    Does anybody see him dropping that far?

    • nycsportzfan

      Dream pick for me. I’d take him over Bickford, who I like at 16. That would be without funkhouser on the board. Best case scenario in my opinon

  • Dalek Jeter

    So…if he’s drafted before we can sign him how do we somehow blame signing Beltran for it?

  • BillyBall

    If he is there please take him!

  • Jake

    I played high school ball against this kid, im from south colonie, NY. Nisky was never really any good but he was a lot of fun to watch and play against. Has all the tools

    • Thuds81

      so you know Mr Jette and his wife I take it?

      • Jake

        Oh yes lol I sure do

        • Thuds81

          Haha Kevin and I are long time close friends. I obviously know Jen as well. I was in his wedding. Believe it or not but Kevin is a great baseball player.

          • Jake

            yeah I had heard he could play some ball. hes got quite the rep for having 4 hour long practices for his softball teams haha. coach pete is awesome too, one of the best track coaches out there

            • Thuds81

              Thats why his teams always compete with the big schools! He had 1 or 2 seniors this year! He still plays fastpich softball with me over the summer. Drops bombs and plays best short in league as a lefty. And did you know Jen is a state champion in the high jump? I think she still owns the record! Their son is going to be a great athlete should he be able to be in the sun ha 100% ginger

              • Jake

                Hahaha yeah so true there.

          • Jake

            yeah I had heard he could play some ball. hes got quite the rep for having 4 hour long practices for his softball teams haha. coach pete is awesome too, one of the best track coaches out there

  • Chip

    Would love love love to get him but its probably not going to happen. I’m all about that UCLA right hander. We need a high probability guy and we’re going to have a bunch of position players coming through soon due to the July 2nd signings

  • TheEvilUmpire

    Any relation to Chase?

    • vicki

      if garrett jones married chase whitley.

  • nycsportzfan

    Sucks Luken Baker publicly announcing he won’t sign with ML club. That kids for real as a pitcher and As a hitter. Big time right handed thump

  • Thuds81

    Id like to see him not only because im from the area but this kid is an even better person then ball player. He also does well and school and Nisky is a top 50 school in the NATION.

  • Leftballer

    Mcdaniel has the Yankees taking him in his latest mock

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/2015-mlb-mock-draft-v2-0/