Feb 21, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Chase Whitley (39) throws a bullpen session during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
39. P Chase Whitley
Cheap swingmen are always a nice commodity to have for any time. Multiple inning pitchers are very valuable. But organizations all have their own version of Chase Whitley, and that’s why he comes in where he does.
Look, Whitley isn’t the worst pitcher ever, but if you were to offer him to a team, what could you really get for him?
Whitley only averages 90 on his fastball per Fangraphs. He had a 5.23 ERA, but may have had some bad luck. He had a 4.14 FIP and a 3.77 XFIP. Left-handers hit .313 off him, while right-handers hit .297. That is way way too high.
Whitley probably will be ticketed to start in AAA, because he could be called upon if a starting pitcher gets injured. With all the arms the Yankees have in the bullpen, and Esmil Rogers being out of options, he probably won’t be getting the long relief job in the bullpen.
He’s a nice piece, but wouldn’t get much in a trade.