BY MICHAEL KELLY
He tried to play it cool. He couldn’t.
The wildest year in Garrett Whitley’s young life had just concluded with a dream ending. The Tampa Bay Rays had made him the No. 13 pick in the first round of Monday’s 2015 Major League Baseball amateur draft in Secaucus, N.J., and the 18-year-old senior from Niskayuna High School was dazed.
Too giddy, he offered more laughs than words during his first answer in an MLB Network interview right after his selection. Then, the teen who had grown up only wanting to play baseball composed himself.
“Euphoria,” Whitley said of the moment. “Nothing is definite until it happens. I’m shaking.”
It took a while for that to stop. When John Furey, Whitley’s varsity coach, saw him several minutes after his selection, the player’s attitude was unchanged.
“He’s in shock,” Furey said. “That’s the best way to put it.”