Update on Astros 1st round pick Forrest Whitley is no new update

On Monday, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow echoed what Mike Elias, the team’s amateur scouting director has said on the contract negotiations between the Astros and first-round pick Forrest Whitley.

“We’re making progress,” Luhnow said before Monday’s game about the 6-foot-7 righthander from Alamo Heights in San Antonio. “There’s been some communication back and forth, and I think - like Mike said before - no one’s in any rush because he pitched a lot this year. So we’re not going to send him right away anyway.

“But I think we’re making progress and cautiously optimistic that we’ll get something done.”

Luhnow didn’t get into specifics on a timeline for making an offer. The deadline for draft picks to sign is July 15. The slotted value for the 17th overall pick is $2.504 million.

“We want to get it done as soon as possible,” Luhnow said. “We don’t want to go up against a deadline - there’s no reason to really. We know what we can offer him. We’re going to make him an offer and I hope he likes what he hears from the Astros and wants to start his professional career.

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Alamo Heights' Forrest Whitley throws to the plate during the second inning of their Class 5A Bi-District game with McCollum at the Alamo Heights baseball field on Friday, May 6, 2016. Alamo Heights beat McCollum 6-0. Marvin Pfeiffer/ [email protected] less Alamo Heights' Forrest Whitley throws to the plate during the second inning of their Class 5A Bi-District game with McCollum at the Alamo Heights baseball field on Friday, May 6, 2016. Alamo Heights beat ... more Photo: Marvin Pfeiffer, San Antonio Express-News

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Portrait of Alamo Heights pitcher Forrest Whitley Monday June 7, 2016.

Portrait of Alamo Heights pitcher Forrest Whitley Monday June 7, 2016.

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“He’s got obviously a nice option to go to Florida State and pitch in Division I baseball for three years, but three years from now, he could be in the big leagues.”

Whitley missed time early in his season due to a fractured thumb on his non-throwing hand before the year, but made his final appearance June 9 - the same night he was drafted. He threw 74 2/3 innings for Alamo Heights, which reached the Class 5A state championship game earlier this month.

Whitley threw 123 pitches in 6 2/3 innings in his final start.

“We’ve established communication and we’re optimistic that we’ll at least be able to present our case and get him to seriously consider this as a good option,” Luhnow said.

Source : http://www.chron.com/about/article/Update-on-Astros-1st-round-pick-Forrest-Whitley-8314081.php

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