TCN 2013 Cards Prospect #25: Boone Whiting

Solid results for a second straight year move the right-hander up three spots on our top prospect list. Today's report is FREE!

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(including links to full 2012 and career stats)

School: Centenary College

2012 rank Pos. DOB Ht. Wt. Bat Thw Signed Round
28 RHS 8/20/1989 6-2 175 R R 2010 18th

Selected 2012 stats

GCL 0 0 7.71 2.34 4 1 0 7 10 6 1 1 11 0.25 0.323 0.474
QC 1 0 0.56 1.83 3 3 0 16 7 1 0 1 14 1.36 0.130 0.175
SPR 0 0 1.50 2.70 2 2 0 12 11 2 0 3 9 0.77 0.268 0.324
Total 1 0 2.31   9 6 0 35 28 9 1 5 34 0.89 0.222  
AFL 3 2 4.62 3.59 7 7 0 25.1 30 14 4 8 33 0.95 0.303 0.400

Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)

CariocaCardinal (23): Whiting was limited in his pitching in 2012 due to injuries, but the innings he did pitch were quality ones basically equal to how he had pitched pre-injury. Whiting's control has never been in question and he has always had a high strikeout rate (he upped that even a notch more while in the AFL). There has always been some question about his "stuff" and whether it was sufficient to translate at higher levels. Well - as far as the higher levels of the Texas League and the Arizona Fall League - so far so good.

Whiting pitched extremely well in his initiation to Double-A (after skipping A-Advanced) and followed that up with a gem in the Texas League playoffs. This, along with a strong AFL performance, showed me his is ready to be tested at Triple-A. However, depending on who makes the major league roster, it seems numbers will make the Cardinals keep Whiting at Double-A to start 2013.

Message board community (24): Whiting rose from 27th on the community's list last year to 24th this year. The Cards were confident enough in Whiting to jump him from Quad Cities to Springfield last season. He didn't turn 23 till August, so is a solid age for Double-A. In his two Springfield outings, he was not overmatched, allowing just 11 hits and 3 walks in 12 innings.

Perhaps most impressive, he fanned 33 in just 25 1/3 innings in the AFL. Whiting only threw 35 innings during the regular minor league season last year, and 120 in 2011, so he might need to build up his stamina. I would expect him to start next season in Double-A. With all the pitching the Cards should have in Triple-A, there will be no need to rush him. - Gagliano

Brian Walton (33): Though Whiting dropped on my personal list from year to year, it is not a reflection on his results. He lost much of the opportunity to advance this season due to injury while his competition grew stronger.

Shoulder soreness followed by a strained flexor tendon in his forearm set Whiting back until late July. After his rehab stint in the Gulf Coast League, the right-hander returned to Quad Cities, where he had pitched successfully in 2011. By late August, Whiting had been named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week.

While his August results were good, they should have been, as Whiting was still pitching below level. The organization moved him up to Springfield for the final few weeks and post-season. He continued to impress in Double-A and in Arizona – a positive sign.

Whiting's fastball is in the 87-92 mph range – ok, but not overpowering. In the AFL, it had comparable movement to Seth Blair's five-mph-faster offering but with less break. Perhaps that is why he uses it only about half the time, mixing in his plus changeup almost as frequently. Whiting also shows a slider.

I differ with Carioca on Whiting's readiness for Triple-A. He skipped A-Advanced entirely and has made just three career Double-A starts plus his carefully-managed AFL stint. I would prefer to see Whiting begin 2013 at Springfield and log a partial season of injury-free success there before advancing to Memphis.

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