Garrett Whitley

26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Philadelphia Phillies AA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Garrett Whitley in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers in December of 2021.
Inks minor-league deal
OFMilwaukee Brewers  AA
December 9, 2021
Whitley signed a minor-league contract with Milwaukee on Thursday.
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Whitley advanced to Triple-A Durham during the 2021 campaign and slashed .172/.269/.301 with two homers, 16 runs, 11 RBI and three stolen bases across 31 games. The 24-year-old will be in camp as a non-roster invitee at spring training.
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Whitley underwent surgery at the end of spring training last year to repair a torn right labrum, otherwise he would have been assigned to High-A as a 21-year-old. The 13th overall pick in 2015, Whitley was a prep center fielder from the Northeast who did not have initial success in pro ball. In 2017, however, he displayed the potential for above-average power, plus speed and good on-base skills. His strikeout rate has been north of 25% above rookie ball, peaking at 28.6% at Low-A, so it is difficult to project a particularly high batting average until he starts making more contact. However, if he were to cut down on the strikeouts, his batted ball profile (32.9 Oppo%, 40.3 GB%) would be tailor made for a relatively high batting average. He has the potential to be a plus defender in center field who hits 18-to-25 home runs and steals 25-plus bases while getting on base enough to garner consideration in the leadoff spot.
When the Rays selected Whitley with the 13th overall pick in 2015, they were not expecting him to hit right away in pro ball, as he was a prep player from upstate New York with little exposure to quality competition. It took a little longer than perhaps even they expected, but Whitley finally started tapping into his impressive set of tools as a 20-year-old in the Midwest League. He is a plus runner who should be able to stick in center field, which is a nice base, but his offensive profile is just as alluring, albeit less refined. His 28.6 percent strikeout rate with Bowling Green illustrates the amount of work still ahead with regards to pitch recognition. If he can gradually cut down on the strikeouts, he has the patience (13.4 percent walk rate) and plus raw power to profile atop a lineup or in a run-producing spot. He may have been cut loose due to his early-career struggles, but Whitley should still be seen as an asset in most dynasty leagues.
The 19-year-old Whitley had what would be considered a breakout season in 2016 at Low-A Hudson Valley, slashing .266/.356/.379 with a homer, 30 RBI and 21 stolen bases over 292 plate appearances. The numbers were up across the board for the 13th overall pick of 2015, who saw the most extensive playing time of his young career after making his season debut on June 17. One of the more intriguing aspects of his game to monitor in 2017 will be his power, which has been virtually non-existent to date. Improved plate discipline should also be an area of improvement as Whitley gets more seasoning throughout the coming season, as he's posted a 71 percent contact rate in each of his last two minor league stops, along with strikeout rates above 25 percent in both stints. Given his pedigree and stellar high school career, he certainly makes for an intriguing dynasty league candidate, with his talent level likely to enable him to bolster his present weaknesses over time.
Whitley, the 13th overall pick in the 2015 draft, had a really tough time at the plate in his first taste of pro ball. As an 18-year-old he hit .174/.293/.312 with three home runs and eight steals in 42 games between rookie and short season leagues. While this opens up an opportunity to get him at a discount in dynasty league drafts, it also highlights the risk associated with the profile. Whitley had a 37:21 K:BB in 138 at-bats, so his approach is fine for someone his age, but he really struggled to barrel balls, as evidenced by a sub-.215 BABIP at both stops. He may have the most fantasy upside of any position player in the Rays system, as a potential 20/20 player down the road, but he is at least four years away from The Show, and if his hit tool does not improve, he could be one of the bigger busts from that draft class.
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Avoids facial surgery
OFTampa Bay Rays  AA
Face
March 4, 2020
Whitely (face) will not need surgery and could possibly return in time for the start of the season, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Suffers multiple facial fractures
OFTampa Bay Rays  AA
Face
March 3, 2020
Whitley suffered multiple facial fractures but avoided damage to his eye after getting struck in the face by a foul ball in the dugout Monday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
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Suffers facial injury
OFTampa Bay Rays  AA
Face
March 2, 2020
Whitley exited Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles after suffering a right facial injury, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Back to full health
OFTampa Bay Rays  AA
March 19, 2019
Whitley (shoulder) said Monday that he received clearance for full baseball activities earlier in March, Ernest Hooper of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Undergoes surgery for torn labrum
OFTampa Bay Rays  AA
Shoulder
March 30, 2018
Whitley underwent surgery to repair a torn right labrum and will miss the 2018 season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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