MLB draft

Garrett Whitley signs a baseball for Niskayuna junior Mateo Parzych. Photo: Jenny Caulfield/for the Daily Gazette

Garrett Whitley wants to be about more than baseball

By JENNY CAULFIELD For Your Niskayuna NISKAYUNA — Eighteen-year-old Garrett Whitley, who was chosen 13th in the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, has suddenly been vaulted to local celebrity status. Whitley, days away from graduating…


Niskayuna baseball's Zack LeBlanc, left, congratulates teammate Garrett Whitley, center, after his two-run home run during an April 15 game against Guilderland. At right is Pat O'Brien, who scored on the home run. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Garrett Whitley nears deal with Rays

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — He won’t sign anything until after his June 25 high school graduation, but Garrett Whitley is inching toward officially becoming a member of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. “Fairly safe to say,” is…


Friends, fans and families gathered to view the MLB draft at LT's Grill in Niskayuna June 8, 2015. Local baseball superstar Garrett Whitley was drafted  to the Tampa Bay Rays. (Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer)

PHOTOS: Garrett Whitley drafted to Tampa Bay

Friends, fans and families gathered to view the MLB draft on a big screen TV at LT’s Grill in Niskayuna on Monday, June 8, 2015. Local baseball superstar Garrett Whitley was drafted to the Tampa Bay Rays. Read Michael Kelly’s…