Pirates acquire pitcher David Whitehead from Phillies

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired right-handed pitcher David Whitehead from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for pitcher Charlie Morton. The announcement was made by Pirates Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

Whitehead spent the entire 2015 season with Single-A Clearwater of the Florida State League, where he went 9-11 with a 4.44 ERA (135.2ip/67er) and 94 strikeouts in 25 appearances (25 starts).

The 23-year-old Whitehead made his professional debut with the Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League in 2014 after being selected by the Phillies in the 34th round of the 2013 First Year Player Draft.

In his first professional season in 2014 as a member of the Crosscutters, Whitehead went 4-4 with a 2.19 ERA (74.0ip/18er) and 43 strikeouts in 13 appearances (13 starts). He finished the season ranked second in the league in ERA while allowing two earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 13 starting assignments. Whitehead also allowed the fewest walks (0.97) per 9.0 innings among starting pitchers while being named a New York-Penn League mid-season All-Star.