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The Road to The Show™: Forrest Whitley

Astros righty on the cusp of Major Leagues if health allows
March 5, 2021

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Houston Astros right-hander Forrest Whitley. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. All too often on the path

State of the System: Houston Astros

Whitley leads developing group of high-potential talent
November 18, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. This year was an unorthodox one, to

Toolshed: Top 2016 picks meet Rule 5 protection

Gauging which prep selections will be added to 40-man rosters
November 13, 2020

Next Friday will be an important day on any prospect lover's calendar. Nov. 20 is the date by which Major League clubs have to add eligible players to their 40-man rosters or leave them unprotected for this year's Rule 5 Draft, which will take place on Dec. 10. Rule 5-eligible

Prospects in the Astros’ 2020 player pool

Houston bringing plenty of experienced prospects to 60-man roster
July 14, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Toolshed: Astros' Whitley ready, standing by

Top prospect preparing for potential MLB role after 2019 bumps
July 10, 2020

Prior to Wednesday, the last time Forrest Whitley stepped on the mound at Houston's Minute Maid Park was March 25, 2019 in a late-spring exhibition game against the Pirates. That three-inning outing was meant to provide the Astros faithful with a promising glimpse of the future. A lot has happened

Toolshed: Non-roster invitees to follow

Madrigal, Rutschman, Gore worth watching in Spring Training
January 31, 2020

Saturday means the start of February, which means the start of Spring Training, which means the return of baseball.The storylines will pile up with players descending on Arizona and Florida in the coming weeks. Some of them are not on 40-man rosters but will still participate in Major League camp

Astros taking Whitley to spring camp

Top Houston prospect looking to rebound after rough 2019
January 21, 2020

Forrest Whitley is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2019 season. The first steps on that road to redemption will come in West Palm Beach, Florida.The Astros extended non-roster invites to Major League Spring Training camp to their top prospect and 18 others on Tuesday.

Toolshed: FIP and top prospects

Twins' Balazovic among those shining in advanced category
October 15, 2019

"Yeah, but what about his FIP?"Fielding Independent Pitching isn't quite on the same level as ERA when it comes to standard baseball jargon, but that is something more and more fans have been asking around the game in recent years. ERA is easy to understand. How many earned runs did

In AFL, Astros' Whitley begins his reboot

No. 16 overall prospect racking up K's once again in Arizona
October 10, 2019

Heading into Wednesday, no one in the Arizona Fall League had more strikeouts than Forrest Whitley.Sound familiar? It should. Whitley left the 2018 edition of developmental circuit with an unmatched 36 K's and an expectation that he -- then the top pitching prospect in baseball -- soon would be fanning

Toolshed: BABIP and top prospects

Evaluating how balls in play impacted stats for Top-100 talents
September 24, 2019

In play, out(s).In play, no out.In play, run(s).These are common phrases to anyone who has followed an or Gameday feed in the past two decades. It seems simple enough with three types of general outcomes once the bat meets the ball and the ball stays within the lines

Astros' Whitley stays hot in Arizona

No. 17 overal prospect yields one hit, fans six over 4 2/3 innings
September 21, 2019

In his first start of the Arizona Fall League season, Forrest Whitley picked up where he left off after dominating the circuit last's No. 17 overall prospect gave up one hit and struck out six over 4 2/3 scoreless innings in Peoria's 4-1 loss to Mesa on Saturday night

Arizona Fall League Preview: Four Hooks Hoping to Shine

Astros prospects begin play Wednesday with Peoria
September 16, 2019

The season picks back up Wednesday for select minor leaguers - including four 2019 Hooks players - with the start of the Arizona Fall League season.Commonly known as the Fall League, the six-team circuit in the Phoenix area allows teams to send a handful of players for an extra month

Ferguson, Express book trip to PCL Finals

Astros outfield prospect homers, drives in three to back Whitley
September 8, 2019

It was the most gut-wrenching series of manager Mickey Storey's career but the next stop for his Triple-A Express: the Pacific Coast League Championship Series.Houston outfield prospect Drew Ferguson bashed a homer and drove in three runs as Round Rock doubled up Iowa, 10-5, on Sunday at Principal Park to

Whitley flashes dominant form for Hooks

Astros No. 2 prospect yields one hit, fans eight over 5 1/3 innings
August 28, 2019

Forrest Whitley journeyed to an inning he had not reached in more than two years Wednesday night. The result was one of his best starts of an otherwise trying season.Houston's second-ranked prospect allowed one hit and struck out eight over a season-high 5 1/3 frames as Double-A Corpus Christi edged

Whitley Wonderful in 2-1 Hooks Win

Top pitching prospect fans eight over 5.1 one-hit frames
August 28, 2019

CORPUS CHRISTI - Top Houston Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley was dominant Wednesday, firing 5.1 inning of one-hit ball to lead the Hooks to a 2-1 win over the Arkansas Travelers.Whitley (W, 2-2) struck out eight batters, five of which were looking.

Adell, Lewis headline Fall League rosters

Twenty Top-100 prospects headed to Arizona for showcase
August 28, 2019

The Arizona Fall League is going to be a little different in 2019, but the talent level will be as high as ever.Angels outfielder Jo Adell (No. 4) and Twins shortstop Royce Lewis (No. 7) headline the list of 20 Top-100 prospects named to the Arizona Fall League rosters released

Hooks' Whitley earns first Double-A win

No. 2 Astros prospect matches season high with nine K's
August 23, 2019

Forrest Whitley's winding path back to the precipice of the Majors reached another checkpoint Thursday night -- his first Double-A win.Houston's No. 2 prospect matched season highs with nine strikeouts and five innings pitched, allowing two runs on three hits to guide Corpus Christi past Arkansas, 4-2, at Dickey-Stephens Park.

Fayetteville Smothers Wilmington in Series Opener

Pitching Tosses Tenth Shutout as Offense Plates Six
July 31, 2019

Following their recent stretch of pitching dominance, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers blanked the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Tuesday, a series-opening 6-0 win. Fayetteville plated five of their runs after the fifth inning, and they leaned on near-perfect outings from Forrest Whitley and Cody Deason to keep the Blue Rocks from ever

Astros' Whitley rebounds in rehab outing

No. 17 overall prospect allows one hit, fans nine in five frames
July 30, 2019

After dealing with injuries the past few years, Forrest Whitley reevaluated his delivery. And although it's taken some time for him to get a feel for it, he showed off the benefits of doing so with his most dominant outing in at least a year Tuesday.Houston's second-ranked prospect allowed a

Woodpeckers Pack Historic Performances in Doubleheader Sweep

Fayetteville Claws Out Two Wins Behind Standout Outings
July 25, 2019

The Fayetteville Woodpeckers came to play in Wednesday nights doubleheader versus the Lynchburg Hillcats, walking-off the Hillcats in game one and silencing Lynchburg in game two. The first matchup saw the top prospect in the Astros system Forrest Whitley take the mound for Fayetteville, while a Woodpeckers vet Michael Papierski

Forrest Whitley to Make Rehab Start with Fayetteville

Astros Top Pitching Prospect to Start Against Lynchburg on Wednesday
July 23, 2019

The Fayetteville Woodpeckers announce that right-handed pitcher Forrest Whitley is now scheduled to make a rehab start at Segra Stadium on Wednesday, July 24th. Whitley, the Astros top overall prospect according to multiple publications, has been on a journey back to Triple-A Round Rock after being sidelined with right shoulder

Whitley headed to IL with shoulder fatigue

Top Astros prospect to rehab in Florida after rough Triple-A start
May 29, 2019

The Astros' injury bug has now hit one of the most promising players in the Minor Leagues.Top Houston prospectForrest Whitley is headed to the Triple-A Round Rock injured list with shoulder fatigue and will rehab the injury in Florida, according to's Brian McTaggart. 

Tucker, Alvarez steer Express past Omaha

Top Astros prospects combine for six hits, drive in five runs
May 10, 2019

Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez demonstrated again Friday night that reinforcements are ready should they be needed in Houston.The Astros' second- and third-ranked prospects, respectively, collected three hits apiece and combined to drive in five runs as Triple-A Round Rock held on for an 8-7 victory over Omaha at Werner Park. 

Whitley spins another gem for Astros

No. 7 overall prospect fans four over four hitless innings
March 15, 2019

Back for one more start in big league camp, Forrest Whitley made the most of his's No. 7 overall prospect tossed four hitless innings, striking out four and walking two, as the Astros blanked the Cardinals, 5-0, in a split-squad contest in West Palm Beach.

Astros Prospect Primer: Whitley shows focus

Alvarez, Toro among Houston youngsters set to make noise in '19
March 14, 2019

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2019 season approaching, takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Shining star:Forrest Whitley, RHPThe 2016