HOUSTON (AP) — Touted prospect Forrest Whitley will start
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the season in the minors but has certainly showed why he could factor into the Houston Astros‘ plans at some point.Whitley allowed three runs over three innings in his final exhibition start as Houston beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-9 on Monday night. The outing capped a solid spring for the young right-hander.Whitley said he was able to learn from Astros veterans in camp Adam Ottavino Jersey , with preparation being the biggest thing.“I thought this spring was very beneficial, and it’s going to help me during the season,” he explained. “Sitting in (Justin) Verlander and (Gerrit) Cole’s back pockets as much as I possibly could, learning from them.”Whitley, rated the top pitching prospect in baseball by MLB.com, allowed all three runs in a 31-pitch first inning that was capped by Francisco Cervelli’s two-run homer. But he settled down after that, retiring the side in order in the second and permitting two singles in the third.The 21-year-old finished with two strikeouts and gave up six hits. He struck out 17 in 15 innings this spring.“This outing was pretty weird,” Whitley said. “I haven’t had one of these in a while. I had everything except my fastball. It’s kind of hard to pitch without the fastball. I had a hard time locating that pitch. Pitching off that was a real struggle, but I found a way to bounce back a little bit. That was encouraging.”Whitley Pat Valaika Jersey , a 2016 first-round draft pick, will start the season at Triple-A Round Rock.“I’m very excited,” he said. “Going to the affiliate here shortly and try to pitch as well as I can to get back up here.”Houston manager AJ Hinch said the spring was a good learning time for Whitley, and he’s got a bright future.“It’s going to take an adjustment or two and attention to a couple details to be ready to pitch in the big leagues,” Hinch said. “When we call him up at some point, we are going to need him to be good.”CHISENHALL HITPirates outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall exited after being hit in the right hand by Framber Valdez’s pitch in the sixth.BIG INNINGSPittsburgh’s three-run first started with Adam Frazier scoring on Starling Marte’s double before Cervelli’s home run. The Pirates added a five-run sixth on RBI singles by Melky Cabrera and Corey Dickerson sandwiched around a two-run double by Frazier and Marte’s sacrifice fly.Houston scored seven in the third. George Springer and Alex Bregman had RBI groundouts before Michael Brantley’s two-run single and Tyler White’s three-run homer. Nick Tanielu added a three-run homer in the sixth. Garrett Stubbs and Myles Straw hit consecutive solo home runs in the seventh.JAMES’ OUTINGHouston right-hander Josh James gave up one run and three hits in the eighth. James, slowed early by a strained right quadriceps, allowed only that one run in four spring outings.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Brandon Maurer starts the exhibition finale Tuesday against the Astros.Astros: RHP J.B. Bukauskas starts Tuesday. Listen Now to Episode 1 of PR’s New Podcast, Affected by Altitude"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceAffected by AltitudePurple Row PodcastsColorado Rockies podcast: 93 Wins for the Colorado Rockies in 2019?Listen Now to Episode 1 of PR’s New Podcast Daniel Castro Jersey , Affected by Altitude Colorado Rockies podcast: 93 Wins for the Colorado Rockies in 2019?聽 Opening Day has arrived for the Rockies, but they aren’t the only team in Colorado starting something new on March 28, 2019. Purple Row is excited to roll out a shiny new podcast called Affected by Altitude—a show by fans, for fans. Hosts Sam Bradfield and Ben Kouchnerkavich are joined by Eric Garcia McKinley, Renee Dechert, and Adam Peterson on the inaugural episode to provide a recap of Spring Training and preview the upcoming season. AxA is a bimonthly podcast featuring roundtable discussion, game segments, interviews, and the occasional hot take from a revolving group of contributors from Purple Row (and elsewhere http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey , perhaps). We live in different places, have varying backgrounds, and may or may not know what WOBA is (Editor’s note: It’s wOBA). Regardless, we are all united in our love of the Rockies and a desire to provide Purple Row readers with a fresh new voice. But we need your help! This show is for you—Purple Row readers and Rockies fans. So please let us know how we’re doing, what you would like from the show, and what we can do to improve. Get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @AltitudeEffect. Show Highlights 4:20 – Eric discusses the reason he gave the greenlight to AxA 22:02 – Sam and Ben discuss the reasons for optimism with Renee 31:11 – “Fire Up the Fountains” with Sam, Ben, and Renee 39:10 – “Over/Under: NL West Edition” featuring Adam and his intense feelings about the YankeesYou can listen to the first episode here.