Future Watch: Forrest Whitley Rookie Baseball Cards, Astros – Forrest Whitley is a 6′-7″, pitcher who is currently in the Houston Astros farm system. Pitching is about intimidating a batter at times and his sheer size will do just that. He has a fastball that can top out at 97 miles per hour and considering the height he has on the mound he has the potential to be a huge nemesis to batters who face him.
Whitley studied Nolan Ryan’s mechanics, maybe the best Astros pitcher of all-time, and the prospect threw a no-hitter with “Texas Heat” in attendance. The story of Whitley is growing and it has a chance to be totally awesome.
Whitley pitched for Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio Texas. He did manage to pitch in the state championship game for them showing he can be a big-time, front-line starting pitcher in major league baseball down the road.
Last season he pitched for two rookie-ball teams and had a combined record of 1-2. He had 26 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings. He walked six and didn’t yield the long ball.
Forrest Whitley has certified autographed cards in the following 2016 baseball card sets:
He also has cards from his days with USA Baseball in 2015 Panini Elite Extra Edition.
According to his MLB.com Draft Profile:
High school pitching was the strength of the 2016 Draft, and if the Astros had their pick of any of the prep arms, they might have taken Whitley — who was still available when they exercised the 17th overall choice. A sub-6-footer with a mid-70s fastball when he entered Alamo Heights High (San Antonio), he grew to 6-foot-7 and a low-90s fastball by the time he was a sophomore and continued to improve. After impressing on the showcase circuit and with the U.S. national 18-and-under team following his junior season, he dropped 25 pounds and was spectacular as a senior. ETA 2019
Listen to his fastball pop:
Fans and collectors should keep an eye out for Whitley. He has the right stuff. It’s just a matter of time until he gets called up.
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