FORT MYERS, FLA. — In his return to the Gulf Coast League Rays’ lineup after a string of absences, Garrett Whitley connected today for the first home run of his professional career.
Whitley, a 2015 Niskayuna High School graduate, hit the solo round-tripper in the seventh inning of the contest. The home run left the playing field over the left-center-field fence.
Whitley’s team won the game, 5-4.
Before playing today, Whitley had last been in his team’s lineup on July 21. Besides rainouts that postponed games, Whitley also missed game action because of his team’s desire to put him through individual workouts.
— Michael Kelly