By: Daniel Satter
Today, the Tampa Bay Rays have claimed right handed pitcher Chase Whitley off waivers from the New York Yankees, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.First off, the 26 year old got hurt in the season that required Tommy John surgery in May. Before, he hurt his arm he had threw 19 1/3 key innings for the Bronx Bombers early in the season. Whitley was a 15th round draft pick back in 2010. In 2015, Whitley posted a 4.19 ERA with a 16 strikeouts and given up 5 walks. Whitley, started 4 games and was looking decent before getting hurt. He totaled a record of 1-2.
Now, Whitley will not be ready to open the season on the Rays’ young and talented roster, so he will start the season on the 60-day disable list. His roster spot is not save and has to make it out of December with a steady development of rehab or where ever he is in his rehabilitation.
Finally, the Alabama native will provide the Rays with an MLB-ready pitching option once healthy. Also, Whitley refills some of the depth lost after the Rays traded Nate Karns. Whitley can also pitch out of the bullpen, which he has done before with the Yankees.
Note: Whitley has a career 2.89 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 196 1/3 career innings at the Triple-A level. He needs to translate those numbers to the pros. In fact, he has a MLB career of a 5.02 ERA with a 5-5 record and only struck out 76 batters and walked 23. Also, Whitley is controllable till after the 2018 season.