Garrett Whitley projected as MLB draft’s No. 1 pick

Garrett Whitley of Niskayuna is hit by a pitch by Shenendehowa pitcher Ian Anderson Friday, April 24, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)Garrett Whitley of Niskayuna is hit by a pitch by Shenendehowa pitcher Ian Anderson Friday, April 24, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — Since last summer, Niskayuna High School baseball player Garrett Whitley has been projected as either a first- or second-round pick in this June’s MLB draft.

Now, the senior center fielder is being projected as the draft’s overall top pick.

Baseball Prospectus released a mock draft today with Whitley in the No. 1 spot, which belongs to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Scouts from the Diamondbacks’ organization have been a fixture this spring at Whitley’s games. Notably, the Diamondbacks had former MLB star Joe Carter scouting Whitley at his May 8 game in Ballston Spa.

If picked at No. 1, Whitley could collect as much as $8.6 million from the Diamondbacks in the form of a signing bonus.

A mock draft released this weekend from Baseball America had Whitley as the No. 13 pick, which belongs to the Tampa Bay Rays.

This year’s MLB draft starts June 8.

About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.