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Tampa Bay Rays first-round draft pick Garrett Whitley watches from the dugout during batting practice after signing his contract before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Garrett Whitley ready for spring training

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — From the circus that surrounded his final season of baseball at Niskayuna High School, to the hoopla of draft night where he became a first-round pick and his whirlwind of a rookie season…



Tampa Bay Rays first-round draft pick Garrett Whitley, right, chats with third baseman Evan Longoria during batting practice after Whitley signed his contract before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Garrett Whitley earns promotion

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter Earlier this week, Garrett Whitley had only one complaint about his first season playing professional baseball. While expressing excitement about the opportunity to get home to Niskayuna for a couple weeks, Whitley was not quite…



Tampa Bay Rays first-round draft pick Garrett Whitley watches from the dugout during batting practice after signing his contract before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

First pro hit comes for Garrett Whitley

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter Garrett Whitley recorded the first hit of his professional baseball career today, a single, in a 4-3 loss for the Gulf Coast League Rays against the Gulf Coast League Orioles. In a 1-for-3 game, Whitley…


Tampa Bay Rays first-round draft pick Garrett Whitley, right, chats with third baseman Evan Longoria during batting practice after Whitley signed his contract before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Garrett Whitley earns all-state honor

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter Now-professional baseball player Garrett Whitley was the lone Niskayuna player Tuesday to earn an all-state nod from the New York State Sportswriters Association. Whitley, an outfielder, garnered a first-team selection after taking a second-team spot…


Tampa Bay Rays first-round draft pick Garrett Whitley, right, chats with third baseman Evan Longoria during batting practice after Whitley signed his contract before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Expectations high for Garrett Whitley after signing with Rays

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter The expectations are far from modest. Hours before Garrett Whitley signed his contract Tuesday, MLB.com draft and prospects expert Jim Callis said the Niskayuna product could quickly become the crown jewel of the Tampa Bay…


Tampa Bay Rays first-round draft pick Garrett Whitley watches from the dugout during batting practice after signing his contract before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Garrett Whitley signs $2.96M deal with Rays

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter This is one teen who has a great summer job. Niskayuna’s Garrett Whitley officially joined the Tampa Bay Rays franchise today, just more than three weeks after he was selected No. 13 overall in the…


Niskayuna's Garrett Whitley talks to reporters after he was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.

Garrett Whitley expects to sign pro contract next week

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Garrett Whitley does things at an accelerated pace. That’s why his family held the soon-to-be professional baseball player’s high school graduation party this past Saturday, several days before he actually graduates from Niskayuna…


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…