Garrett Whitlock Boston Red Sox

Age: 26 (June 11, 1996) | 6' 5" | 225lbs. | Throws: Right Minors: p-14
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
NYY A 2018 2 2 0 0 7 7 40.0 23 1 7 44 1.12 0.75 0.70 1.6 9.9 .242 n/a
NYY A+ 2018 5 3 0 0 14 13 70.0 60 2 27 74 2.44 1.24 1.09 3.5 9.5 .320 n/a
NYY AA 2018 1 0 0 0 2 1 10.2 10 0 7 4 0.84 1.59 1.27 5.9 3.4 .277 n/a
BOS AL 2021 8 4 2 14 46 0 73.0 64 6 17 81 1.97 1.11 1.12 2.1 10.0 .317 50/20/30 17 14
BOS AL 2022 4 2 6 4 31 9 78.0 65 10 15 82 3.46 1.03 1.12 1.7 9.5 .285 41/20/39 13 11
Career 2yrs 12 6 8 18 77 9 151.0 129 16 32 163 2.74 1.07 1.12 1.9 9.7 .301 n/a
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Officially lands on IL
September 21, 2022
Whitlock (hip) was placed on the 15-day injured list Wednesday.
Whitlock's placement on the injured list was expected since he's been shut down from throwing and will undergo surgery next week to address his right hip impingement. The right-hander is expected to be ready for spring training in 2023, while Connor Seabold was recalled from Triple-A Worcester to start Wednesday against the Reds.
Alex Patton Alex

Closer Monkey:

Boston Red Sox – Just as the Vulture Save Watch called for, Garret Whitlock was called upon Thursday to close out the Guardians for his third save. Tanner Houck had pitched in two straight. 

Hierarchy remains: Houck | Whitlock | Schreiber.

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 29

Closer Monkey:

Boston Red Sox — Tanner Houck will be back with the Red Sox for Friday’s game against the Cubs and should immediately retake the reins of the ninth inning. Maybe not for long, though, with Alex Cora insinuating that Garrett Whitlock will re-enter the bullpen when he returns from the injured list.

Updated hierarchy: Houck | Schreiber | Strahm.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 30

A friend writes:

This seems like a massive mistake by the Red Sox. They need a closer and Whitlock is a guy who pitches 70 great innings, so why mess around with his

psyche and his arm? What good does it do if he pitches 5 or 6 good innings and is followed by question marks?  The Sawx did the same thing with Houck.  
When will they learn?

5.10... Red Sox pitching coach Dave Bush told The Athletic that it's possible Garrett Whitlock (on BB Guns as act at Y1 8) remains in the team's starting rotation for the rest of the season.
Spin: Whitlock is poised to make his fourth career start Tuesday evening against the Braves in Atlanta and holds a sparkling 1.25 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 29/4 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings (seven appearances, three starts) this season. The 25-year-old will undoubtedly reach an unspecified innings cap later this year, but it's a massive boost to his immediate fantasy appeal that he's locked into the Red Sox' starting rotation moving forward.
Alex Patton Alex
May 10

Garrett Whitlock (P) BOS - Apr. 04

Red Sox manager Alex Cora confirmed Monday that Whitlock will serve as a piggyback pitcher behind fifth starter Rich Hill to begin the season, Sean McAdam of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: According to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, Cora has said the goal is to get more than 70 innings out of Whitlock for the second year in a row, and deploying the 25-year-old as a quasi-sixth starter rather than a traditional reliever should help accomplish that. The arrangement should also help ease the burden on the 42-year-old Hill, who is coming off a season with the Rays and Mets in which he covered 158.2 innings but otherwise hasn't been durable for the majority of his career. Since Whitlock has been steadily increasing his pitch count throughout the spring, he's expected to be available for an extended relief outing behind starter Nathan Eovaldi in Thursday's Opening Day game against the Yankees, per Ian Browne of With the benefit of a team off day Friday, Whitlock should then be ready to pitch on four days' rest when Hill's first turn in the rotation comes up April 12 in Detroit.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 5

Over the Monster's many commenters all see different roles for Whitlock this season, mostly not closing. Read 'em here.

My understanding last fall was the Red Sox plan was to transition him to starter this year, but there are a lot of bodies already in that role.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 13

$9 in LABR.

Matt Barnes 7.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 13

Who needs the monkey

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 23

Depth chart for Red Sox pen at Rotowire:

  1. 1. Garrett Whitlock (R)
  2. 2. Matt Barnes (R)
  1. 1. Josh Taylor (L)
  2. 2. Darwinzon Hernandez (L)
  3. 3. Austin Davis (L)
  4. X. Hirokazu Sawamura (R) Day-To-Day
  5. 4. Ryan Brasier (R)
  6. 5. Phillips Valdez (R)

Most recent comment for the pitcher who may have a lock on the closer's job:

Gets final six outs of ALDS
October 12, 2021
Whitlock (1-0) logged two perfect innings Monday, taking the win in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rays.
Whitlock got the final six outs to close out Tampa Bay. He has emerged as one of Boston's most valuable pitchers this season, and his importance is only amplified in October. It will be interesting to see whether he can wrangle the closing duties next season or if he will remain in a fireman role.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 23
2021: FB 63% FBv 96.0 EV 87.7 HardHit 37% Barrel 4% HR/FB 10% FIP 2.84
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '21