Forrest Whitley

Born: 09/15/1997 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot:
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 195
Primary Position: RHSP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 1st Rd. (#17 Overall), 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft (HOU)
Entry Point: High School
Options Used: N/A
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: October 22nd, 2018
Dates Seen: October 16, 2018
Level: AFL
Affiliate: Scottsdale Scorpions
MLB Team: http://2080baseball.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/LogoMLBHOU.png
http://2080baseball.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/LogoMLBHOU.png
On 40-Man Roster: No
Physical Description
XL frame, large and durable build. Power pitcher look, imposing on the mound.
Mechanical Notes
Stretch only. Moderate effort: recoil after H3/4 slot w/ slight thwack in upper-half. Clean arm-circle, arm works very fast. Will iron out parts of mechanics as he grows into his body.
MLB ETA Present Role Future Role Role Description Risk
2019 50 70 Frontline Starter High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Range Comments
Fastball Value
Overall Fastball Value 60 70 Can throw FB by anybody, will finish a dominant pitch as command develops.
Can throw FB by anybody, will finish a dominant pitch as command develops.
Fastball Velocity 70 70 94-95 93-98 Easy double-plus velo he holds through starts. Sits mid-90s, reaches back for more.
Fastball Velocity
Fastball Movement
Fastball Movement 55 55 Above-avg overall life, heavy ball that bores hard when low. Lively ride up in the zone.
Above-avg overall life, heavy ball that bores hard when low. Lively ride up in the zone.
Fastball Command
Fastball Command 40 50 Spray command right now, XL frame and mechanical effort detract from ability to pitch to spots. Will improve as he grows into body/delivery but always will rely on stuff.
Spray command right now, XL frame and mechanical effort detract from ability to pitch to spots. Will improve as he grows into body/delivery but always will rely on stuff.
Curveball
Curveball 60 60 80-81 79-82 More consistent of two breaking balls. Power spin w/ hammer 12-to-6 shape. Out pitch.
More consistent of two breaking balls. Power spin w/ hammer 12-to-6 shape. Out pitch.
Slider
Slider 50 60 85-86 84-88 Power SL that flashes nasty action and depth at best. Rolls at times and inconsistent, though shows potential to be another plus pitch in time.
Power SL that flashes nasty action and depth at best. Rolls at times and inconsistent, though shows potential to be another plus pitch in time.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 55 60 83-84 80-85 Excellent separation, shows to both RHH/LHH and gets hitters way out front. Working on it this fall, now showing consistent dive action, potential to be plus pitch.
Excellent separation, shows to both RHH/LHH and gets hitters way out front. Working on it this fall, now showing consistent dive action, potential to be plus pitch.
Control
Control 40 50 Strikethrowing and pitchability are behind raw stuff. Loses zone, labors at times, inefficient and runs up high pitch counts. Will get to avg as he grows into mechanics and XL frame.
Strikethrowing and pitchability are behind raw stuff. Loses zone, labors at times, inefficient and runs up high pitch counts. Will get to avg as he grows into mechanics and XL frame.
Attribute Present Future
Delivery Below Average Average
Athleticism Average Average
Pitchability Average Average
Mound Presence Average Plus
Overall Summary
All the ingredients of a frontline starter, one of baseball's best prospects. Last things to work on are control/command. Could hold his own at ML level to start 2019 but will benefit from more high-minors seasoning. Will be ready at some point next year.