The Tampa Bay Rays find themselves in complete rebuild mode after a winter fire sale gutted the organization’s Major League roster. The idea now is to build through the system.
Unfortunately for the Rays, that idea has already taken a hit.
According to Chris Bumbaca of MiLB.com, minor league outfielder Garrett Whitley will miss the 2018 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Whitley, a first-round pick (13th overall) of Tampa Bay back in 2015, announced the procedure himself on social media.
Labrum surgery today…tough times only make the strong even stronger. Best believe I’m gone come back better than ever pic.twitter.com/UF3dQQy3Sd
— Garrett Whitley (@RealGWhit) March 30, 2018
Considered a top-10 prospect heading into the 2018 season, Whitley hit .249 with 13 homers, 61 RBI and a .362 on-base percentage in Single-A Bowling Green last season.
He’s somewhat of a long-term figure in the Rays’ rebuild. But having to sit out an entire season will definitely impact Whitley’s path to the Majors.