Age: 22, May 11, 1995
New York Yankees Vice President of Domestic Amateur Scouting, Damon Oppenheimer, Selected Chad Whitmer with the 302nd overall selection in 10th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The senior was the University of Southern Illinois ace this past season. Across 104 innings pitched, the right-hander went 6-3 with a 3.46 ERA. He struck out 95 opponents, issued 26 walks and held opponents to a .257 batting average against over 15 starts.
Whitmer’s 95 strikeouts in 2017, were the most from a SIU Salukis pitcher since 2005 and placed him tied for eighth place overall in school history in the category.
The South Bend, Indiana native earned second-team All-MVC honors and was a two-time MVC Pitcher of the Week winner.