MAJORING ON THE MINORS: TOP 30 PROSPECTS – # 15 ROBERT WHELAN - VOL.16 – Tom Brennan
I’m doing my Top 30 Prospects articles a bit differently – in 2 lists:
- A top 10 list of lower minors guys who likely won’t show up until 2017 or later. Already completed. See list at end of this article.
- Followed by my top 20 list of guys who are closing in on the big leagues. Guys who could help in the near future or be trade bait.
Here is the list so far:
20. Daniel Muno
19. Michael Fulmer
18. Miller Diaz
17. Dario Alvarez
16. Jayce Boyd
Today, selection #15:
Whelan is a 6’2" 200 righty throwing in the low 90s and a nice breaking ball. So what has he done with his talent so far? How about 12-4, 1.89and a 0.96 WHIP in 143 innings. 2 homers allowed. 9-1 in Savannah in 2014, with a 2.01 ERA. But only 70 innings in 2014 due to a hand infection, of all things.
So he’s real good. Maybe he adds a few MPH and we have another Jake deGrom with this 20 year old. If he is not that high end, he should still be a good starter or pen guy in the bigs, maybe by late 2016.
Only issue is, where would he fit on the Mets' squad which will mostly be bursting with great pitchers throughout?
He had to be thought of very highly, since the Mets sent him straight from mid-A Savannah to the much tougher Arizona Fall League. He took some lumps but also had some fine short outings there.
Robert Whelan will truly be one to watch in 2015. St Lucie and Binghamton (and Mets minors fans) should be treated to watching him fine tune his craft this year.
May the continued great pitching be coupled with a minimum of 120 innings this year.
MY TOP 10 LOWER MINORS LIST:
# 1 - Marcos Molina
#2 – Michael Conforto
#3 – Amed Rosario
#4 – Dominic Smith
#5 - Jhoan Urena
#6 – Vicente Lupo
#7 – Wuilmer Becerra
#8 – Luis Guillorme
#9 - Casey Meisner
#10 - Milton Ramos