Wife's name is Brooklyn and the couple has one son, Clete Coleman... Graduated from Ranburne (AL) High School, where he also played basketball... Coaches youth basketball in the offseason, including a team with his cousin on the roster... Helps train youth athletes at the Excel Baseball Academy in Oxford, AL.
Made 41 appearances out of the bullpen over three stints with the Rays (4/16-7/31, 8/15-23 and 9/3 through the end of the season)…Had a 3.35 ERA (19 ER/51.0 IP) in 34 appearances through his first two stints and a 9.95 ERA (7 ER/6.1 IP) in his final seven games... Collected the first two saves of his career, 4/28 at TOR and 6/21 vs. CIN... Made 11 appearances of at least 2.0 innings, eight of them scoreless…Also made four relief appearances of at least 3.0 innings... Recalled on 4/16 from Triple-A Durham and made his Rays season debut the next day at BOS...Went unscored upon in his first 12.2 innings with the club, and retired his first 20 batters faced... On 4/25 at BAL, recorded his first win since 4/28/15 vs. TB (with NYY), going 727 days in between…Retired all nine batters faced in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings... Struck out all four batters he faced on 9/3 at CWS…Marked the seventh time in club history a pitcher faced at least four batters and fanned them all.
Returned from Tommy John surgery to make 5 apps (1 start) with the Rays…was one of 16 pitchers to undergo Tommy John surgery in either 2014 or 2015 and return to the majors in 2016…that list includes his rehab partner, teammate RH Alex Cobb...Started the Rays season finale on Oct 2 at TEX…got no decision in his first major league start since May 14, 2015 at TB (with NYY), going 506 days in between…his line: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 67 pitches, 48 strikes...Joined Tim Corcoran in 2005 and Cory Lidle in 1999 as the only Rays to make their first start in the last game of the season...His first 4 apps came out of the bullpen, making his season debut on Sep 11 at NYY- with 485 days in between major league apps…started the season without yielding an earned run in his first 9.2 IP...Made his first start of a rehab assignment on July 18 at Class-A Dunedin (Blue Jays)…went 1-0 with a 0.86 ERA (21-IP, 2-ER) in 6 rehab starts, 3 apiece with Class-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery…reinstated from the 60-day DL and optioned to Montgomery on Aug 17 when his rehab assignment expired…made 3 more starts there before his Sep 5 recall.
Opened the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and was recalled by New York on April 28...made 4 starts for the Yankees before his season-ending injury…Held right-handed batters to a .170/.250/.234 (8-for-47) line, while lefties hit .400/.438/.767 (12-for-30)…Two of his 4 starts came against the Rays...won his Yankees season debut on April 28 vs. TB (at Yankee Stadium)...took the loss on May 14 at Tropicana Field, departing due to injury after 1.2 IP...became the first Yankees starter to throw more balls than strikes since A.J. Burnett on June 26, 2010 at LAD…On May 4 at TOR, tied his career high with 6 SO and had the longest scoreless start of his career (7 IP) but did not factor in the 3-1 loss...marked the sixth time since data is available (1914) a Yankees starter went at least 7 score-less with 0 BB and did not earn the win…Yielded a career-high 3 HR on May 9 vs. BAL.
Made his ﬁrst career Opening Day roster and combined to go 4-3 with a 5.23 ERA (75.2IP, 44ER) in 24 appearances (12 starts) in two stints with the Yankees (5/5-8/21 and 9/2-28)... As a starter, was 3-3 with a 4.76 ERA (58.2IP,31ER)…allowed one of eight inherited runners to score and retired seven of 12 ﬁrst batters faced in relief... Was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the Yankees' 25-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to making his MLB debut at NewYork-NL on 5/15…pitched 4.2 scoreless innings, earning a no-decision in a 1-0 Yankees win (2H, 2BB, 4K)…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Whitley became only the fourth pitcher in Yankees franchise history to make his MLB debut as a starter and allow zero runs, joining Sam Militello (8/9/92 vs. BOS), Vito Tamulis (9/25/34 at PHI) and Russ Van Atta (4/25/33 at WAS)…accordingto ESPN Stats & Information, it marked the ﬁrst time in more than 100 years the Yankees won a 1-0 game in which their starting pitcher made his MLB debut (last: Pete Wilson at Boston on 9/15/1908, complete game at Huntington Avenue Grounds)…also singled in his only plate appearance, becoming the fourth Yankees pitcher to record a base hit in his MLB debut since Interleague play began (also Tyler Clippard on 5/20/07 at NYM, Brad Halsey on 6/19/04 at LAD and Brandon Claussen on 6/28/03 at NYM-G2)... Earned his ﬁrst Major League victory in 6/6 win at Kansas City (7.0IP, 5H, 2ER, 0BB, 3K)... Was 3-0 with a 2.56 ERA (38.2IP, 11ER) in his ﬁrst seven starts (5/15-6/18), joining Masahiro Tanaka as the onlyYankees in franchise history to produce a non-losing start in each of their ﬁrst seven MLB games (credit: Elias)... According to Elias, Whitley became the ﬁrst Yankees pitcher in franchise history to record at least 5.0IP, allow ﬁve-or-fewer hits and issue zero walks in three consecutive starts (6/1 vs. MIN, 6/6 at KC and 6/12 at SEA)... The Yankees won each of Whitley's ﬁrst ﬁve road starts and were 6-1 in his ﬁrst seven starts overall... Faced 133 consecutive batters without issuing a walk, a streak that spanned parts of six starts from 5/21-6/18…became only the third Yankees pitcher since 1952 to record at least 5.0IP without walking a batter infour-or-more consecutive starts (5/26-6/12), joining David Wells (four times) and Fritz Peterson (twice)... Surrendered his ﬁrst home run to Seattle's Logan Morrison on 6/12, snapping a homerless streak of 27.2IP…did not allow a home run in his ﬁrst 53.1 combined innings between MLB and Triple-A in 2014... Made his ﬁrst relief appearance on 7/9 at Cleveland, earning the win in a 5-4, 14-inning Yankees victory (2.0IP,1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K)…entered in the 12th inning with the score tied at 4-4 and retired the ﬁnal six batters he faced... Pitched 6.0 scoreless innings but did not earn a decision in 7/22 win vs. Texas (7H, 0BB, 6K), his ﬁnal start ofthe season…was moved to the bullpen on 7/25 after LHP Chris Capuano was acquired by the Yankees and added to the starting rotation…made his ﬁnal relief appearance in 9/27 loss at Boston, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings (2H, 4K)... Went 3-2 with a 2.01 ERA (31.1IP, 7ER) and 37K in 10 appearances (six starts) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre... Attended spring training with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee, going 1-2 with a 13.50 ERA (4.2IP, 7ER) insix relief appearances.
Made 29 appearances (5 starts) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 3-2 with 3 saves and a 3.06 ERA (67.2IP, 23ER, 62K, 21BB)…held lefties to a .193 batting average (23-for-119)…finished the season as a starter, going 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA (22.0IP, 4ER)…produced a 0.00 ERA in July (9G, 17.1IP), going 2-for-2 in save opportunities and holding opponents to a .107 BA (6-for-56)…recorded a season-high 6.0IP on 8/30 at Lehigh Valley, allowing 0R and only 1H (5K, 1BB).
Went 9-5 with a 3.25 ERA (80.1IP, 29ER) in 41G/2GS with Scranton/WB… recorded 66K with 25BB… made 2 relief appearances with Double-A Trenton and did not allow a run in 4.0IP (1H, 2BB, 7K).
Combined at Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton to go 3-5 with 7 saves and a 2.47 ERA (91.0IP, 25ER) in 42G/1GS...began the season at Tampa where he was 0-1 with six saves and a 1.68 ERA, allowing 9ER in 48.1IP in relief...was promoted to Trenton on 6/27 and went 3-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 42.2IP with the Thunder...made his first career start on 8/24 at New Hampshire and recorded the loss, allowing 3ER on 3H in 2.0IP (6R, 2BB, 3K,2HR).
Made his professional debut, combining to go 4-2 with 15 saves, a 1.45 ERA and 50K in 37.1IP over 30 appearances with short-season Single-A Staten Island and Single-A Tampa... began the season with Staten Island where he was 4-2 with a 1.31 ERA and 15 saves in 34.1IP in relief...prior to his promotion to Tampa on 9/1, led all Staten Island relievers with 44K and tied for second in the NYPLin saves, earning him a spot on the All-Star team...finished the season ranked second in games and tied for second in saves in the NYPL, while recording the third-lowest opponents average (.157) among league relievers...in three relief appearances with Tampa during the postseason, recorded 5K and allowed 2H in 3.1 scoreless innings.