Karsten Whitson Lowell Spinners  |  Pitcher

     
 

Age: 23
Born: August 25, 1991
Chipley, FL
Height: 6-4
Weight: 220
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 11th round, 2014 ; 37th round, 2013 by Washington ; 1st round, 2010 by San Diego
How Acquired: Draft
College: Florida
High School: Chipley HS (FL)

Photo © Dave Letizi

Scouting Report: Right-hander with a solid, proportioned frame. Throws from a 3/4 arm slot with a high leg kick. Falls off-balance to the first base side. Live arm, controlled delivery. Fastball sat 88-90 topping out at 93 during intial foray into pro ball. Showed more velocity during the 2014 college season, topping out at 97 mph during the SEC tournament. Pitch showed life and arm-side run. Slider and changeup both flash plus at times but are inconsistent. Slider works 77-84 mph. Tilt and tight rotation when thrown in the 80s, on the loose side in the 70s. 79-82 mph changeup shows drop and fade, but tendancy to slow his arm on the pitch. Solid potential if he can regain some of his prior form. Former first-round pick had a stellar freshman season at Florida before injuries derailed the rest of his college career. Injury that caused him to miss 2013 was reported to be a "shoulder impingement."

Links
Scouting Scratch: Fall Instructs Part One (10.8.14)

 
   
  Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2011 Florida NCAA Coll --- 19 8 1 0.889 2.40 19 19 0 97.3 84 29 26 2 28 92 1.15 3.29 8.51
  2012 Florida NCAA Coll --- 20 4 0 1.000 3.51 14 10 0 33.3 37 17 13 1 18 20 1.65 1.11 5.40
  2013 DNP - Injured NCAA Coll --- 21 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2014 Florida NCAA Coll --- 22 1 1 0.500 3.86 14 9 0 37.3 34 18 16 2 23 21 1.53 0.91 5.06
  2014 Lowell NYPL A Bos 22 0 1 0.000 7.71 4 2 0 7.0 8 6 6 1 5 5 1.86 1.00 6.43
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 21, 2014
Signing Bonus: $100,000
MiLB Debut: July 4, 2014 (Lowell)
MLFA Eligible: November 2020
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2017
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2014):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2015): MilB contract
Trade Restrictions
: June 2015 (2014 draftee)
     
  Awards
2010 Baseball America High School First-Team All-American
2011 Perfect Game Freshman Pitcher of the Year
SoxProspects.com Awards
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