Taylor Whitenton is a 23-year-old right-handed pitcher who was chosen by the New York Mets in the 39th round of the 2009 Amateur Player Draft. He spent 2011 as a member of the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats starting rotation, where he went 5.5 with a 2.49 ERA and a 1.116 WHIP.
Whitenton made significant improvements in limiting the number of hits and walks he allowed, while continuing to maintain a good strikeout rate – 9.6 per nine innings. He was a South Atlantic League All-Star.
With the regular season over, Whitenton is now pitching for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. In 6 relief appearances totaling 11 innings, he’s allowed 4 runs on 9 hits and 8 walks while striking out 14.
I wrote to a few members of the Mets’ Arizona Fall League contingent to see if I could get autographs; Whitenton is the first to respond. Though his autograph got a bit smudged somewhere along the way, I appreciate it nonetheless.
The night after Terry Collins ripped into his team, the Mets crushed the Atlanta Braves 12-2 with a 20-hit attack. With their loss and St. Louis’ victory, Atlanta’s lead in the wild card race is down to just 3.5 games. After all the years of misery Chipper Jones has inflicted on New York, I’d love to see the Mets continue to make him sweat.
In the South Atlantic League Championship Series, Greensboro defeated Savannah 12-10 in another extra inning affair to even things up at two games apiece. The deciding game will be played tonight at 6:05 p.m.
The Savannah Sand Gnats defeated the Greensboro Grasshoppers 4-3 in 11 innings to take a 2-1 lead in the best of five South Atlantic League Championship Series. At least one team in the Mets’ organization is enjoying some success. Visit ESPN NY for more details.