Here’s what I said in the top 100 starters last year, “Here’s what Prospector Mike said this offseason, “This is a touted arm, but one that barely pitched this year. Forrest Whitley served a 50-game drug suspension followed by two trips to the disabled list for oblique and lat injuries. There’s too much upside in his plus heater and curve to knock him out of this tier and he’ll likely still rank highly on other 2019 lists. In 118 innings over the past two seasons he’s posted a K/9 north of thirteen. That strikeout potential is where I think his fantasy value lies. He’ll be pitching in the Arizona Fall League and could find himself in the mix for a rotation spot at some point. I doubt they rush things though, so it will most likely take an injury or a shuffle for him to get many meaningful MLB innings in the coming year.  Speaking of injuries, who do I have to pay to incapacitate Grey?”  Hey!  As for the other things PM said, I agree.  I think everyone is being way too aggressive on drafting and ranking Whitley this year.  Maybe if the Astros are hit by multiple injuries, but he’s 21 years old and would be overworked to throw 100 innings this year, and I think will see closer to under 40 IP in the majors, so why rank him this high even?  He’s a decent flyer with a ton of risk.”  And that’s me quoting Prospect Mike quoting me! I’m sorta in the same place this year. Do we really see legit innings from Forrest Whitley in 2020 in the majors? Or, rather…So, what can we expect from Forrest Whitley for 2020 fantasy baseball?

Forrest Whitley was awful last year, coupled with missed time due to shoulder fatigue. Between IL stints, Whitley pitched across four levels of the minors and went 3-7 with a 7.99 ERA in 59 2/3 IP. He had 86 strikeouts — yay! — and walked 44 — lowercase yay! — and allowed 11 homers — can we get a lower lowercase yay? Guess we could just write off the whole year, due to the aforementioned injury, but with the resources the Astros have is he really even on the major league team’s radar for 2020? Will he just be used to bang the ceiling of the dugout on opposing teams’ changeups? I suppose we could see him, if there’s some injuries to the major league team, but he’s gotta do better than a 5+ BB/9, otherwise he’s going to be chewed up and spat out like Roberto Alomar seeing an umpire. At 22 years old, there’s still a chance for him. There’s a lot of chances, actually. We’re here talking about him because his stuff is so good. He could be great in two or three years from now, but I put no faith in his 2020 season, and wouldn’t be drafting him anywhere, just as I wasn’t really interested last year. He is absolutely the type who I would grab in all leagues if he were promoted though, because of the 11+ K/9 potential. So, wait and see on Whitley, unless your leagues are so deep you need the draft an extreme flyer. For 2020, I’ll give Forrest Whitley projections of 2-3/4.78/1.45/34 in 27 IP, and a 25% chance of getting another rookie outlook post next year.

 
  1. Smitty says:
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    Sorta reminds me Alex Reyes, in more ways than one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sadly — but they’re still young

  2. The Great Knoche says:
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    What’s your KDS? I’ve got 7 guys in 2 tiers I want 1-7. Then I think I’m reverse ordering it from there.

    • Dave D says:
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      I think I’m top 4, then bottom 4. No middle ground for me.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, yeah, same as Dave

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sounds about right… I always want the top 5 then I start to look at going with the end of the 1st round so I get a double pick or at least close to double — middle is a drag, especially in this league bc of the time between picks

  3. TC says:
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    In a 15 keeper, no limits, standard scoring league, would you keep Mackenzie Gore over Trevor Bauer if I am already keeping Scherzer, Cole, and Clevinger. I can only keep 4 arms as I already have too many good bats I have to keep. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I’d go Bauer

  4. Dave D says:
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    FYI, Whitley just went #329 a few minutes ago in my 1st slow.

    No thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m not down with him either… Astros aren’t giving him real IP

  5. FrankGrimes says:
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    Survivor #MeToo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I know… With the super serious, over black titles about what they did by talking to everyone then…they all seemed totally in the dark still! Did they talk to touchy Dan or not?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        They said they did.
        Maybe a million dollars is worth being harassed!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I wish they made a bigger deal of Elizabeth pretending to be harassed for the vote

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            Haha True. I’m sure it’s a tricky tightrope in the editing room.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, like “Do we show Creepy McCreepstein touching everyone in a creepy way and not let him know he’s being shown like that or do we let him in on it?” Eventually they decided to let him know in the 2nd hour!

  6. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    I don’t get it.. wouldn’t the catcher get conditioned to hearing loud banging every time he calls an off speed pitch as he’s essentially as close to the dugout as the batter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So much other things to pay attention to? I don’t know, tbh

      Trevor Plouffe just said: According to Carson Smith and now confirmed by my source, the Astros had someone watching a live feed and then relaying the pitch calls via ear piece to the bullpen catcher. Hands up on fence for FB and hands down for offspeed.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No idea how Plouffe has an source

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        Now that makes more sense than someone banging away in the dugout all night

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, completely — Trevor Plouffe’s got sources!

  7. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    Jeez Loueez, when did Razzball become an AL-only site?! Granted, I haven’t been reading every day (stupid off-season) but what?, one of the 31 rookies you’ve covered play in the Senior Circuit?! SEE YOU IN MARCH. Oh, I’m kidding, you know I can’t quit you, Grey …

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I didn’t even realize it was so heavily slanted towards one league

  8. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Ì am looking for diamonds in the rough.
    Best of this bunch for 2020 only
    Pivetta
    Eickoff
    Velazquez

    If you had to pick one.

    • bigbear says:
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      Um… I’d go Eickoff on that one.

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