Whitley could be one of the few high school pitchers that the Astros are looking at with the 17th overall pick. He is a 6’7” high school senior who can throw the heat, with 113 strikeouts in 61 innings with a 0.34 ERA. Doing the math, that’s about 16.7 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. You can imagine that high school opponents were sick on the days Whitley took the mound. The thing he needs to work on at the next level is improving his command which you can get away with in high school, but professional baseball is a different story. (Max Preps)
If the Astros draft Whitley, they are saying that they are confident that they have the pitching depth to give Whitley the time needed to develop. He is a semi-local player as well, playing high school in San Antonio. What could impress the Astros the most is how he uses his tall frame to his advantage. Being a three-pitch pitcher with power pitching style, Whitley could be the Astros ace down the road. If the Astros are looking for a quicker option, choose someone else.
Prediction: My choice for the 17th pick, but he will be picked before the Astros.