Non-Hyped Royals Prospects 1B/3B John Whittleman

In March the Royals acquired John Whittleman from Texas in exchange for... considerations. That again. Whittleman was once a highly-considered prospect, but he's fallen on hard times in recent years.

Whittleman was taken in the 2nd round of the 2005 Draft by Texas. Whittleman hit well as an 18 year old in 2005 and in his second season at A ball Clinton, he turned in the best season of his career in 2007. That was more or less the peak for Whittleman.

Whittleman is playing regularly for Wilmington this season. He's not hitting great, but he's shown some random power early, which might be a positive development. Time will tell.

Year Age Tm Lev Aff G PA 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2005 18 Rangers Rk TEX 51 229 12 8 0 11 4 35 42 .279 .393 .426
2006 19 Clinton A TEX 130 530 21 3 9 7 6 60 97 .227 .313 .343
2007 20 2 Teams A-A+ TEX 124 535 34 1 17 5 6 86 124 .264 .379 .461
2007 20 Clinton A TEX 95 406 25 1 14 5 3 63 91 .271 .382 .476
2007 20 Bakersfield A+ TEX 29 129 9 0 3 0 3 23 33 .240 .372 .413
2008 21 2 Teams A+-AA TEX 127 564 38 1 8 1 2 89 122 .257 .373 .394
2008 21 Bakersfield A+ TEX 118 525 36 1 7 1 2 81 113 .257 .370 .392
2008 21 Frisco AA TEX 9 39 2 0 1 0 0 8 9 .258 .410 .419
2009 22 Frisco AA TEX 127 527 28 1 10 4 2 80 110 .224 .345 .361
2010 23 2 Teams AA-A+ TEX 107 441 20 1 12 1 3 67 104 .215 .333 .371
2010 23 Bakersfield A+ TEX 33 140 6 0 7 0 1 25 32 .248 .379 .487
2010 23 Frisco AA TEX 74 301 14 1 5 1 2 42 72 .201 .312 .320
2011 24 Wilmington A+ KCR 17 70 4 1 3 0 0 7 16 .258 .329 .500
7 Seasons 683 2896 157 16 59 29 23 424 615 .242 .353 .392
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/27/2011.

 

The exciting thing here, if you can find one, is that Whittleman can take a walk. However, his extremely spotty batting average profile, coupled with low power numbers, produce a weak offensive profile. I've read online that Whittleman is decent afield, but with these numbers, it hardly matters.

With all due respect, it's hard to divine why the Royals wanted Whittleman at all. As a former 2nd round pick, he's clearly got, or had, some scouting attractive traits, but nothing so far has translated.

Like many non-hyped prospects, Whittleman is fighting to save his career in 2011. He's 24 and he needs to hit.

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