Astros Sign First-Round Draft Pick Forrest Whitley

Right-handed pitcher to be introduced to media at 12 p.m. press conference today

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros announced today the signing of right-handed pitcher Forrest Whitley, who was selected with the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 MLB First Year Player Draft. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The official announcement was made by Astros Director of Amateur Scouting Mike Elias.

 

Whitley and Elias will be made available to the media in the press conference room at Minute Maid Park at 12 p.m. today.

 

In regular season action, Whitley, 18, posted a 9-1 record and a 0.31 ERA in his senior season at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas. He struck out 126 batters in his 68.0 innings of work. Whitley pitched Alamo Heights into the UIL Class 5A Final by tossing a dominant 6.2 innings pitched, with 11 strikeouts, vs. College Station HS in the Semifinal Game at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

 

In 2016, the 6-foot-7 righty was named to the Rawlings-Perfect Game 1st Team All-America and Texas All-Region 1st Team. In his junior year, he was named to the Perfect Game Underclass Second Team and played on the USA Baseball 18U National Team.

 

The last right-handed pitcher taken out of high school in the first round by the Astros was RHP Lance McCullers out of Jesuit HS in Tampa, Fla., who was taken 41st overall in 2012. The last time the Astros had the 17th overall selection was in 1998, when they took RHP Brad Lidge out of the University of Notre Dame.

 

In addition to Whitley, the Astros have also signed six more players taken in the 2016 MLB Draft: C Raymond Henderson-Lozano (22nd round), IF Troy Sieber (24th), LHP Nathan Thompson (27th), OF Chaz Pal (38th), IF Tyler Wolfe (39th) and RHP Lucas Williams (40th).

 

Houston has now signed 26 of its 40 selections from the 2016 draft, including nine of the club's top 10 selections.

 

Signed Draft Picks from the Astros 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft

Rnd (Pick)         Player                                                         School                                                     Ht/Wt                       Date Signed

1 (17)                    RHP Forrest Whitley                           Alamo Heights HS (TX)                  6-7/240                    6/22

2 (61)                    OF Ronnie Dawson                             Ohio State                                             6-2/225                    6/17

3 (97)                    C Jake Rogers                                         Tulane                                                     6-1/190                    6/15

4 (127)                 LHP Brett Adcock                                 Michigan                                               6-1/225                    6/16

5 (157)                 IF Abraham Toro-Hernandez         Seminole State                                   6-0/190                    6/20

6 (187)                 OF Stephen Wrenn                             Georgia                                                   6-1/185                    6/16

8 (247)                 RHP Nick Hernandez                          Houston                                                 6-2/215                    6/16

9 (277)                 LHP Ryan Hartman                              Tennessee Wesleyan                      6-3/200                    6/16

10 (307)              RHP Dustin Hunt                                   Northeastern                                       6-4/185                    6/16

11 (337)              RHP Chad Donato                                West Virginia                                       6-0/195                    6/20

12 (367)              OF Carmen Benedetti                        Michigan                                               6-2/225                    6/16

13 (397)              IF Ryne Birk                                              Texas A&M                                            5-9/185                    6/20

15 (457)              IF Alex Degoti                                         Barry University                                 6-0/195                    6/15

18 (547)              RHP Colin McKee                                  Mercyhurst College                         6-3/225                    6/15

19 (577)              IF Taylor Jones                                       Gonzaga                                                6-7/225                    6/15

21 (637)              C Chuckie Robinson                           Southern Mississippi                       5-11/225                 6/15

22 (667)              C Raymond Henderson-Lozano Grayson County CC                          5-9/190                    6/22

24 (727)              IF Troy Sieber                                          St. Leo University                              5-11/215                 6/22

25 (757)              RHP Kevin Hill                                         South Alabama                                  6-0/205                    6/20

27 (817)              LHP Nathan Thompson                    Oklahoma Baptist                             6-1/170                    6/22

30 (907)              IF Brody Westmoreland                    College of Southern Nevada      6-3/200                    6/16

31 (937)              LHP Howie Brey                                    Rutgers                                                   5-11/195                 6/15

36 (1087)            RHP Ian Hardman                                 Seminole State                                   6-5/240                    6/20

38 (1147)            OF Chaz Pal                                             South Carolina Aiken                     6-0/200                    6/22

39 (1177)            IF Tyler Wolfe                                         Kansas State                                         6-0/190                    6/22

40 (1207)            RHP Lucas Williams                             Central Missouri                                6-3/195                    6/22

 

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