Name: Garrett Whitlock
Weight: 190 lbs
Affiliate: Trenton Thunder (AA)
Role: Long Reliever/Spot Starter
Risk Factor: Moderate
MLB ETA: 2020
Background: Garrett Whitlock is a right-handed pitcher from Snellville, Georgia. He attended University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and was drafted by the Yankees in the 18th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
Whitlock pitched in three different levels in 2018, starting the season in Class-A Charleston and ending his season in High-A Tampa with a one-game cameo in Double-A Trenton. He put up some great numbers with a 1.86 ERA and he gave up only three home runs in 120 innings.
Despite two trips to the injured list this season, Whitlock has pitched well for Double-A Trenton. In 14 starts for the Thunder, he has worked a 3-3 record and pitched to a 3.07 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP. He struck out 57 batters over 70 1/3 innings while walking 18 batters.
Fastball: Whitlock sits 92-94 with his fastball with armside run. He was able to limit hard contact for the most part. He will occasionally hit 95 mph with his fastball, but it does not happen often.
Slider: Whitlock throws his slider at 82-84 with tight break and he shows a pretty good feel for it both in and out of the strike zone. This is his best pitch in my opinion.
Changeup: He flashed an 81-84 mph changeup but doesn’t rely on it too much. Developing this pitch as a complement to his fastball and slider could be the key for Garrett to improve his profile and have a chance to start in the big leagues.
Body: One of the biggest pluses for Whitlock is his frame. At 6’5”, 195 lbs he has a great build for a pitcher, with long legs and possibly some room to get a bit stronger
Mechanics: Whitlock throws from a medium arm slot, at a ¾ angle, with good arm speed and decent extension toward home plate. It’s not an ideal delivery due to his long arm action which can hold him back at times, potentially messing up his timing and weight shift as he strides toward home. However, this long arm action helps him with his deception.
Command: Whitlock’s command waxed and waned in my second look, while it was decent in the first start that I saw against Portland. His BB/9 has steadily decreased with each level he has pitched at.
Overall: Whitlock does not of the stuff that would blow hitters away. His fastball and slider hover around average pitches. He is at-best a fifth starter type in the major leagues but will probably be more destined for a long-relief role.
He has lost some time this year due to several injuries, the first due to a fingernail issue and the second time due to an arm injury. There have been no updates on the severity of the current injury.