Cubs 24th round pick Sutton Whiting made his professional debut on June 25 for Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League after the Cubs made his signing official earlier that day.
Whiting appeared in the top of the 9th of Mesa’s 6-4 win over the Angels as a pinch-hitter for Wladimir Galindo. The 23-year-old singled on a line drive to left off Angels’ prospect Zach Hartman and then stole second base. Whiting stayed in the game and played second but didn’t handle any chances.
A shortstop at the University of Louisville, Whiting was one of several college players the Cubs drafted and signed this year that spent time in the Cape Cod League. Whiting played for Bourne, hitting .123 in 21 games with four stolen bases last summer.
A two-year team captain and an All-Big East first-team selection in 2015, Whiting hit .302/.407/.369 with 39 runs scored, 13 doubles, 27 RBI, 38 walks and 15 stolen bases during his senior season.
After being selected in the 44th round by the Braves in 2011, Whiting headed to Louisville and was used primarily as a pinch-runner his freshman year, appearing in 20 games but only seeing seven plate appearances.
As a sophomore, Whiting earned second-team All-Big East honors, hitting .308/.390/.393 with 24 stolen bases and 41 runs scored. His average dipped to .216 as a junior but he was still fifth in the NCAA with 37 steals and sported an on-base percentage of .390 in 60 starts at short. He closed his collegiate career at Louisville ranked fourth in career stolen bases with 79 while playing in 208 games overall, including 185 starts.
Based on his playing experience, one could assume that Whiting’s days in the Arizona heat may not last long as a plane ticket to Eugene or South Bend may be in his future.