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Forrest Whitley

Born: 09/15/1997 (Age: 19)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 7" Weight: 240
Mechanics
Large human, big legs, long levers, likely maxed out, could possibly add strength in upper body; plus arm speed, smooth delivery, mild head whack, clean action, over-the-top slot, great extension.
Evaluator Emmett Rosenbaum
Report Date 06/18/2017
Affiliate Quad Cities River Bandits (Low A, Astros)
Dates Seen 06/11/17
OFP 60
Realistic 50; No. 4 starter/set-up man
MLB ETA 2020
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 55 91-93 94 Held velo through 4 2/3 innings of work, great plane, moderate tail given the arm slot, command can waver.
CT 55 60 89-91 92 Hard action, plus movement, creates whiffs, generates weak contact, mixed usage with fastball.
CB 50 60 74-76 76 Good depth, hard bite, sharp, two-plane movement, potential swing-and-miss offering, used when ahead, buried in the dirt.
SL 40 45 85-87 87 Short, power slider, below-average movement, located well to the glove side, lacked confidence in pitch, used only on RHBs.
CH 40 50 81-83 84 Good fade, above-average movement, struggles to repeat arm speed, poor command, frequently left up to the arm side, pitch currently garners swings and misses but location won't play at higher levels,
Overall

Whitley boasts a deep repertoire of tantalizing pitches, but the overall profile is still quite raw. He boasts legitimate weapons in the curve and fastball/cutter, but the slider feels like an afterthought and the change is very inconsistent right now. He doesn't throw enough strikes at present and will sometimes lose the zone entirely with his fastball. His easy delivery makes is possible to see him finding the zone with some frequency, but his size will likely prevent him from ever hitting his spots consistently. The size and stuff all point to starter, but the idea of the stuff bumping a few ticks out of the bullpen is appealing if he never learns to throw enough strikes. However, the cutter gives him a decent option to use against opposite handed hitter if the changeup doesn't develop, and his ultimate home should be in the rotation.

Control: 30/45
Command: 30/40

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