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Wes Whisler

LHP | White SoxCWS
Wes Whisler
Name: Wesley Guy Whisler
Born: Apr 7, 1983 in Indianapolis, Ind. USA
High School: Noblesville (Ind.) HS
College: UCLA
Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 240 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
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Career985.14.631.513.534.86
Drafted in the 2nd round (53rd overall) by the Chicago White Sox in 2004 (signed for $660,000)
Whisler led the Pacific-10 Conference in home runs in 2002 as a freshman and was the Cape Cod League's top prospect that summer. The 6-foot-5, 227-pound Indiana high school product looked then like a candidate for the top of the first round in the 2004 draft. How things have changed. Whisler has regressed so much as a hitter that his greater worth is now on the mound--even after he went 2-4, 5.26 this season. He shows plenty of power in batting practice, but his bat speed has slowed and most of his power is to the opposite field. He hit .275-5-39 this spring. Whisler has also fallen short of expectations as a pitcher, but he has recognized that his future is on the mound. On a good day, he has been clocked at 93-94 mph with a good, hard slider. He has a four-pitch repertoire, but rarely does the sum of his stuff equal the parts. He throws everything too hard, his command is shaky and hitters have an easy time reading pitches out of his hand. Yet Whisler still has a lot of positives, in addition to being lefthanded. He has a big frame and above-average arm strength, and he's never been hurt. Scouts know the talent is there and are banking that he'll do better as a pro, once he can concentrate on one role. He projects as a third- to fifth-rounder.
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