20-Year-Old Outfielder – Tampa Bay Rays
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
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 ...
Garrett Whitley Contract Information:
Signed a contract with the Rays in June 2015 that includes a $2.962 million signing bonus.
Whitley (undisclosed) is back in action at Low-A Bowling Green. He is hitting .250/.329/.421 with two home runs and four steals (on five attempts) through 76 at-bats.
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Tampa Bay Rays Roster
MajorsAlvarado, Jose (P)
AAAAdames, Willy (SS)
AALowe, Brandon (2B)
A+Ciuffo, Nick (C)
ABurke, Brock (P)
RookieBetts, Chris (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.