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Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley arrived to camp on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old was once considered the best pitching prospect in the sport. However, it has now been three years since witnessed his immense potential, as Whitley has dealt with both injuries and ineffectiveness in recent campaigns. He's still a top-100 prospect at most publications but time is running out for him. Houston will likely have him debut at some point in 2021.
Astros manager Dusty Baker says pitching prospect Forrest Whitley has yet to report to spring training.
Baker couldn't say why but added that the team expects Whitley to report within a few days. The 23-year-old was once considered the best pitching prospect in all of baseball but has struggled in recent seasons. There's a strong chance we see him make his big league debut at some point this summer.
Astros manager Dusty Baker says top prospect Forrest Whitley dealt with arm discomfort during summer camp.
Baker added that he is still dealing with the issue. There's no word yet on his immediate future but Whitley looks unlikely to contribute to the Astros this summer. It has now been about two years since we were receiving glowing reports on the right-hander.
RHP Forrest Whitley is one of the 56 players added to the player pool by the Astros.
Whitley was added to the player pool and will be able to get work in during spring training 2.0. Whitley was dominant in the Arizona Fall League, owning a 2.88 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a 32:9 K:BB across 25 innings. The 22-year-old may not make the 30-man roster in 2020, but figures to be a key member of the Astros’ rotation in 2021.
Forrest Whitley took the loss on Wednesday against the Nationals, allowing two runs on four hits over 2 1/3 innings pitched.
Whitley struck out two and walked one in the outing, which increased his ERA on the year to 7.50. He is still viewed by many as a high-upside pitching prospect, but his shine has certainly faded over the past calendar year.