Forrest Whitley Feels Good After Facing Hitters

Astros top prospect faced hitters for the first time this spring on Tuesday

Adam Spolane
February 19, 2020 - 2:54 pm

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (SportsRadio 610) -- Forrest Whitley faced hitters for the first time this spring Tuesday afternoon, and while he wasn't perfect, the Astros top prospect said it was a step in the right direction.

"Felt good as far as physical health and everything," Whitley said Wednesday morning. "Everything is right in line with where I want to be. As far as location and everything it was a little bit off. I didn’t throw, but that was to be expected. That was the first time I’ve thrown to hitters this spring, so just gotta build off that."

The Astros 2016 first round pick threw a 25-pitch live batting practice and faced Yordan Alvarez, Michael Brantley, and George Springer. 

"I think he’s going to be good," Springer said after facing the 6'7 right-hander. "Obviously I think he had some injury last year, whatever it was, but I think a guy like that, a guy that has the potential to be very, very good once he fine tunes some things, but whatever those are, I don’t know him, I’m not a pitcher, I think he’ll help us in the long run."

Whitley said after his first bullpen session of camp last week that his delivery felt awkward, but that was no surpise and he says the more he throws the more rust he kicks off.

"That second bullpen that I threw, things were starting to come together location wise, but once you put that hitter in the box old habits start to come back and we recognize those and just getting better next time.

"I wasn’t expecting to be sharp right off the bat, so just go into a throwing program with a thought process everyday and things should clean up."

Whitley is expected to start the season with the Astros AAA affilate in Round Rock where he compiled a 12.21 ERA last season before suffering a shoulder injury. 

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