In the AFL, Whitenton is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 innings. He's allowed 11 hits, but has walked nine, while fanning 15. His 15 strikeouts are tied for tenth in the AFL, while his nine walks are tied for 12th.
The 23-year old is a three-pitch guy with a fastball, a change-up and a slider. He's been sitting 91-93 with his fastball and touching 94 in short appearances in the AFL. He trusts his change-up, which often had a little cutting action, as his second pitch over the slider.
The major issue for Whitenton is simply throwing strikes, and throwing quality strikes. In the AFL, he's thrown strikes on 58.6% of his pitches (140 of 239), a little below the MLB average of 62%.
Juan Lagares, who is currently hitting a whopping .432/.462/.730 with six extra-base hits, including two homeruns in eight games, is not eligible to play in the Rising Stars Game because he is technically a member of the Peoria Javelinas "taxi-squad" and only plays Wednesdays and Saturdays.