Rays makes Garrett Whitley’s dream come true with No. 13 pick

Garrett Whitley and his little brother Aaron in his room at their house in Niskayuna. (Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer)Garrett Whitley and his little brother Aaron in his room at their house in Niskayuna. (Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Reporter

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.”

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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.