Garrett Whitlock Boston Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 26
Born: June 11, 1996
Birthplace: Snellville, GA
Height: 6-5
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 18th round, 2017 by NYY
How Acquired: Selected in the Rule 5 Draft from NYY (Dec. 2020)
College: Alabama-Birmingham
High School: Providence Christian (GA)

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First Pro Contract: July 20, 2017 (NYY)
Signing Scout: Damon Oppenheimer
Signing Bonus: $247,500
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: August 7, 2017 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: December 10, 2020 (BOS)
MLB Debut: April 4, 2021 (BOS)
Service Time (1/22): 1 year
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): $720,000
   
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Instagram: @gwhit17

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Tall, sturdy frame. Looks the part of a prototypical starting pitcher. Little-to-no remaining projection.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Starts on the third base side of the rubber. Does not use a windup. Starts tall and gets well above-average extension towards home plate. Really uses his size well in his delivery and gets elite extension. Short arm action behind, hides the ball. Delivery is a little stiff, but he repeats it well.

Fastball: 94-97 mph. Tops out at 99 mph. Throws both a four-seam and a sinker, primarily relying on the sinker. Pitch shows heavy sink and jumps on hitters due to his extension towards the plate. Sinker induces a lot of groundballs. Velocity jumped after Tommy John surgery from prior 90-93, T95 range. Potential plus offering.

Changeup: 82-84 mph. Throws with circle grip. Pitch has improved drastically since joining the Red Sox, reportedly due to conversations with Matt Andriese during spring training in 2021. Now is his primary secondary. Pitch shows heavy drop and fade and will fall off the table at his best. Used to throw harder at 86-88 mph. Potential plus offering.

Slider: 82-85 mph. True slider with vertical shape. Has continued working on development of the pitch with Red Sox staff in 2021. Sometimes will throw even harder in the 86-88 mph range. Pitch has shown the ability to miss bats at the highest levels. Does not have much horizontal movement. Potential above-average offering.
  Career Notes: Played for the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod League after his freshman year at UAB. Missed time during his sophomore season with food poisoning and a back strain. Signed an above-slot bonus as a draft-eligible sophomore after being selected in the 18th round. Tore his UCL and underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2019. Began throwing in January 2020 and by the summer was throwing close to his previous velocity. Selected by the Red Sox with the fourth pick in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft. Broke out as a member of the Red Sox bullpen in 2021, rising quickly to become a top-five prospect in the SoxProspects rankings before graduating on June 1. Used carefully by the club so far in 2021, often getting three to five days of rest between outings.

Summation: Potential mid-rotation starter or late-inning reliever. Has excelled in a bullpen role, but has the size and three-pitch mix that could work in a starting role. Improvement of changeup and increased velocity have raised his ceiling significantly since his selection in the Rule 5 Draft. Has shown the ability to adjust when hitters have made adjustments to him. Continued refinement of slider could help determine his eventual role with the organization.

Links
Scouting Report Update (12.11.20)
Scouting Report Update (6.29.2021)
 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2016 UAB CUSA NCAA --- 20 4 5 3.00 25 1 0 51.0 58 28 17 3 6 21 46 1.55 8.12 3.71
  2017 UAB CUSA NCAA --- 21 3 6 4.03 17 7 2 60.1 57 33 27 4 0 24 44 1.34 6.56 3.58
  2017 GCL Yankees GCL Rk NYY 21 0 0 1.04 3 3 0 8.2 4 2 1 0 1 0 14 0.46 14.54 0.00
  2017 Pulaski Yankees App Rk NYY 21 1 0 7.94 2 0 0 5.2 10 5 5 1 1 0 8 1.76 12.71 0.00
  2018 Charleston RiverDogs SAL A NYY 22 2 2 1.13 7 7 0 40.0 23 5 5 1 2 7 44 0.75 9.90 1.58
  2018 Tampa Tarpons FSL A+ NYY 22 5 3 2.44 14 13 0 70.0 60 23 19 2 5 27 74 1.24 9.51 3.47
  2018 Trenton Thunder East AA NYY 22 1 0 0.84 2 1 0 10.2 10 2 1 0 2 7 4 1.59 3.37 5.91
  2019 Trenton Thunder East AA NYY 23 3 3 3.07 14 14 0 70.1 73 34 24 4 2 18 57 1.29 7.29 2.30
  2020 MiLB Season Cancelled --- --- NYY 24 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 25 8 4 1.96 46 0 2 73.1 64 22 16 6 3 17 81 1.11 9.90 2.10
   
     
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2022 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 26     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week (April 30 - May 6, 2018)   -  
   

   
     
     
     
 
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