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Chase Coleman Whitley (born June 14, 1989) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played for the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, and Atlanta Braves.

Chase Whitley
Chase Whitley on May 9, 2015.jpg
Whitley with the New York Yankees
Pitcher
Born: (1989-06-14) June 14, 1989 (age 30)
Ranburne, Alabama
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 15, 2014, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through April 27, 2018)
Win–loss record7–6
Earned run average4.56
Strikeouts135
Teams

Early lifeEdit

Whitley graduated from Ranburne High School in Ranburne, Alabama, in 2007.[1] He attended Southern Union State Community College,[2] and then transferred to Troy University. The Yankees drafted Whitley out of Troy in the 15th round, with the 475th overall selection, of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Minor leaguesEdit

Whitley made his professional debut as a relief pitcher for the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League. Serving as the closer for Staten Island,[4] he had a 1.31 earned run average and 15 saves. He was named an All-Star at midseason. In 2011, Whitley pitched for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League, recording seven saves in 42 appearances. In 2012, he pitched in middle relief for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of the Class AAA International League. Returning to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2013, Whitley had a 3–2 win–loss record and three saves in 29 appearances, five of which were starts.[3]

After pitching primarily as a reliever, Whitley began working as a starting pitcher in 2014.[3] The Yankees promoted Whitley to make his major league debut on May 15 against cross-town rival New York Mets in Citi Field.[1][5]

New York YankeesEdit

2014Edit

On May 15, 2014, the New York Yankees announced that Chase Whitley would make his Major League debut against the New York Mets in the Subway Series. On the mound, he pitched 4.2 innings while issuing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. At the plate, he recorded his first career hit off of Jacob deGrom, who also got a hit and made his MLB debut in the same game.[6] Whitley took the no-decision as the Yankees would go on to win against the Mets 1–0. It was the first Yankee game since 1908 in which both starting pitchers were making their MLB debut.[7] Whitley surrendered his first major league home run on June 12 to Logan Morrison of the Seattle Mariners. On June 23, 2014 against the Blue Jays, Whitley surrendered 8 runs in ​3 13 innings pitched, leading to his first MLB loss as the Yankees lost 3–8 to the Blue Jays. In 24 games (12 starts), he finished the year 4–3 with a 5.23 ERA.

2015Edit

Whitley started the 2015 season with Scranton Wilkes/Barre. He was called up on April 27, and made his first start of the season the next day.[8] After pitching through elbow pain, Whitley exited a start on May 14 in the second inning, and was diagnosed with a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his elbow.[9] Whitley had Tommy John surgery to repair the UCL, and it prematurely ended his 2015 season. In 4 starts, he went 1-2 with a 4.19 ERA.

Tampa Bay RaysEdit

2016Edit

Whitley was claimed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays on November 20, 2015.[10] He began the 2016 season on the 60-day disabled list to continue recovering from Tommy John surgery. On August 17, 2016, Whitley was activated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to the Durham Bulls.[11] During his time with Durham, Whitley recorded a 14.29 ERA in three appearances. Despite his struggles, the Rays added Whitley to the active roster on September 6, 2016. On September 11, 2016, Whitley made his first appearance for the Rays against his former team, the Yankees.[12] In five September outings, Whitley pitched 14.1 innings while surrendering four earned runs.

2017Edit

Whitley started the season with the Triple-A Durham Bulls. On April 16, 2017, the Rays called up Whitley to replace the injured Jake Odorizzi. In his first seven appearances of 2017, Whitley did not allow a run. From mid-April to early August, Whitley pitched 47 innings and struck out 31 while allowing 17 earned runs. After allowing three runs in a relief appearance against the Houston Astros, Whitley was optioned to Triple-A on August 1.[13] He would rejoin the club on August 14 to provide long relief depth in the bullpen.[14]

Atlanta BravesEdit

On December 1, 2017, the Atlanta Braves claimed Whitley off waivers.[15][16] He declared free agency on October 15, 2018.

Personal lifeEdit

Whitley has worked at the Excel Baseball Academy in Oxford, Alabama since 2010.[17]

Whitley married Brooklyn Elise Herren in December 2010.[18]

Whitley has one son, Clete Coleman Whitley, born February 22, 2015.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Thornton, William (May 14, 2014). "Ranburne's Chase Whitley called up to 'The Show,' scheduled to make big-league debut with New York Yankees Thursday". The Birmingham News. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Shelley, Matt (June 27, 2007). "Southern Union baseball shows no signs of slowing". The Randolph Leader. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Marshall, Ashley. "RailRiders' Whitley fans career-high 11 | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "Staten Island Yankees closer Chase Whitley relishes another chance". SILive.com. August 9, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Snyder, Matt. "Yankees turn to prospect Chase Whitley for rotation help". CBSSports.com. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  6. ^ Rohan, Tim (May 15, 2014). "In Rookie Duel, a Met Gets a Loss, and a Hit". New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Castillo, Jorge (May 15, 2014). "Yankees top Mets, 1–0, in unlikely pitchers' duel". The Star Ledger. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  8. ^ Rogers, Caitlin. "Whitley called up to start against Rays". www.pinstripealley.com. SB Nation Pinstripe Alley. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "Whitley tears UCL: Yankees pitcher could face Tommy John – MLB". SI.com. SI Wire. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  10. ^ "Rays claim Chase Whitley off waivers from Yankees". HardballTalk. NBC Sports. November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  11. ^ "Rays activate, option Chase Whitley - Rotoworld.com". Rotoworld.com. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  12. ^ Braziller, Zach. "Yankees' discarded Tommy John victim returns — as a Ray". New York Post. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  13. ^ "Rays send Chase Whitley to minors, call up Ryne Stanek". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on August 15, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  14. ^ "Rays Recall Chase Whitley From Triple-A Durham". www.fanragsports.com. Archived from the original on August 15, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  15. ^ DiComo, Anthony (December 1, 2017). "Braves claim righty Whitley off waivers". MLB.com. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  16. ^ "Matt Adams, Hector Rondon among 26 new free agents". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 1, 2017. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  17. ^ Hoch, Bryan (February 8, 2015). "To Alabama youth, Whitley a teacher first, big leaguer second". MLB.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  18. ^ "Herren/Whitley engagement". Anniston Star. November 21, 2010. Archived from the original on December 3, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2015.

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