Houston Astros prospect Forrest Whitley has been diagnosed with a torn right UCL according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Forrest Whitley, who just a few years ago was the No. 1 pitching prospect in #MLB, has been diagnosed with a right UCL strain in the latest injury of his promising career. Whitley, the #Astros No. 1 pick in 2016, was being counted on to be part of the Astros rotation this summer.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 7, 2021
Jon Heyman of the MLB Network reports Tommy John surgery has been recommended.
Top Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley has a UCL issue and Tommy John surgery has initially been recommended. He is seeking a 2nd opinion. @MarkBermanFox26 1st reported— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 7, 2021
Whitley was one of the most promising pitching prospects in baseball just a few years ago but has had his career derailed by injuries.
A first-round pick in 2016 (No. 17 overall), Nightengale reports that Whitley was projected to be a member of the Astros' starting five this summer.
He had a 7.99 ERA in 18 minor league appearances split across four different levels in 2009.
The 23-year-old is a native of San Antonio.