|Houston Astros – No. 61|
|Born: September 15, 1997|
San Antonio, Texas
Charles Forrest Whitley (born September 15, 1997) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Whitley attended Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas. In the summer prior to his senior year he was a member of the 18U National Team that won the World Cup. Whitley threw a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts in a game during his senior year.
The Houston Astros selected Whitley in the first round, with the 17th overall selection, in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft. He was committed to Florida State University to play college baseball, but instead decided to sign with the Astros. He was assigned on July 13, 2016 to the Gulf Coast Astros of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, and was later promoted to the Greeneville Astros of the Rookie-level Appalachian League. In 18+2⁄3 innings pitched between both teams, he posted a 1-2 record and a 4.82 earned run average (ERA).
Whitley began the 2017 season with the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League and received promotions to the Buies Creek Astros of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League in July, and to the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League in August. In 23 total games (18 starts) between the three teams, he pitched to a combined 5-4 record and 2.83 ERA with 143 strikeouts in 92+1⁄3 innings pitched.
On February 21, 2018, Whitley was suspended 50 games for violating MLB's drug prevention and treatment program. The Astros invited Whitley to spring training in 2019, and he began the season with the Round Rock Express of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. He was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Javelinas following the season.
The Astros added Whitley to their 40-man roster after the 2020 season. On March 10, 2021, it was announced that Whitley would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the 2021 season as a result.