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 13th, 2018
Dates Seen: October 9, 2018
Level: AFL
Affiliate: Scottsdale Scorpions
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On 40-Man Roster: No
Physical Description
Tall, lean, loose and athletic. Slim frame may add a few pounds, presents moderate durability risk.
Mechanical Notes
No windup, direct to plate w strong acceleration, effort at release. Loose arm, inverted-W, spine tilt to clear arm; electric arm speed, plus extension from H3/4 slot.
MLB ETA Present Role Future Role Role Description Risk
2019 60 70 Frontline Starter High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Range Comments
Fastball Value
Overall Fastball Value 60 70 Velocity and plane make pitch lethal when spotted down; command step will let pitch to play at double-plus
Velocity and plane make pitch lethal when spotted down; command step will let pitch to play at double-plus
Fastball Velocity 70 70 95 92-99 Sat 95-96 1st 3 innings, lost tick. Gets on hitters w extension.
Fastball Velocity
Fastball Movement
Fastball Movement 60 60 Plus plane from high slot, hitters get top half of ball down in zone, late life to armside.
Plus plane from high slot, hitters get top half of ball down in zone, late life to armside.
Fastball Command
Fastball Command 45 50 Consistently down in zone, works well laterally. Effort in delivery affects consistency when fatigued, will pull offline and miss up. Pitch quality gives margin for error.
Consistently down in zone, works well laterally. Effort in delivery affects consistency when fatigued, will pull offline and miss up. Pitch quality gives margin for error.
Curveball
Curveball 55 60 82 80-82 Power CB w 12-5 shape, not a straight-downer. Flashes plus depth and hard bite, can leave it up and be barreled; should tighten consistency and location half-grade with reps. Uses as second pitch.
Power CB w 12-5 shape, not a straight-downer. Flashes plus depth and hard bite, can leave it up and be barreled; should tighten consistency and location half-grade with reps. Uses as second pitch.
Slider
Slider 45 50 86-87 86-88 Inconsistent; when sharp has distinct shape from FB 11-5 with average depth and bite. Doesn't locate as well as other seconds, more for chase.
Inconsistent; when sharp has distinct shape from FB 11-5 with average depth and bite. Doesn't locate as well as other seconds, more for chase.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 60 60 84 83-85 Repeats armspeed, plus separation off fastball creates deception. Has fade to miss bats; throws it all counts and same-side; uses as 3rd pitch.
Repeats armspeed, plus separation off fastball creates deception. Has fade to miss bats; throws it all counts and same-side; uses as 3rd pitch.
Cut Fastball
Cut Fastball 50 60 90-91 89-91 Similar 11-5 shape as slider with sharper late bite; deception off fastball. Still developing, will get around it but flashes plus and shows present feel.
Similar 11-5 shape as slider with sharper late bite; deception off fastball. Still developing, will get around it but flashes plus and shows present feel.
Control
Control 50 55 Aggressive in zone; throws all pitches in or just off zone; can go to CH and CB for strikes. Will lose FB when fatigued.
Aggressive in zone; throws all pitches in or just off zone; can go to CH and CB for strikes. Will lose FB when fatigued.
Attribute Present Future
Delivery Average Average
Athleticism Plus Plus
Pitchability Plus Plus
Mound Presence Average Average
Overall Summary
Ace-level repertoire lead by FB with many ways to get outs, ready for middle of MLB rotation now. Body and delivery present moderate durability risk; pitcher will lead rotation if healthy. FB/CB/CH/CTR all generate swing and miss.