Next Two Bios: Robert Whitenack and Nick Struck

began his professional career with the Boise Hawks last June after being
drafted in the eighth round out of SUNY- Old Westbury. He struck out 33 batters
over 54 1/3 innings and allowed just one homer while featuring a knuckle-curve.
Whitenack appeared in 15 games and started 12 including a stretch from June 28
to August 26 where he started exclusively. The right-hander struck
out a
career-high four batters July 14 against Vancouver and matched that total two
more times. On three occasions last season Whitenack went five innings and left
with a lead but the Hawks couldn’t hold on to get him a win. He tossed a
career-best six innings on August 21 against Yakima while allowing one run on
three hits. Whitenack was the fi
baseball player ever drafted from SUNY Old Westbury and is the school’s
single-season strikeout leader with 79 in 67.1 innings. As a junior last season
for Old Westbury he was 5-2 with a 2.81 ERA while being named the ECAC Pitcher
of the Year. He was the first of 19 Division-III players drafted in 2009 after
leading his Panthers to a 27-13 record last season. Whitenack tossed a
14-strikeout n
o-hitter in 2008 against Polytechnic Institute of NYU and was a
two time Skyline Conference Pitcher of the Year. A 21-year-old native of North
Massapequa, NY, Whitenack graduated from Plainedge High School and had his
number 10 retired by SUNY-Old Westbury

was drafted by the Cubs in the 39th round of the 2009 draft out of
Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR. He was 9-0 with a 1.17 ERA at Mt.
Hood as a freshman in 2009 earning NWAACC first-team honors and leading the
school to a 26-4 overall record. The former Clackamas High School star turned down
a scholarship offer to pitch at the University of Hawaii in order to sign with
the Cubs in August. Struck was the 2008 Oregon 6A Player of the Year while
leading Clackamas to its first state title in any sport in 2009 while also
playing shortstop on days when he didn’t pitch. He was 12-1 with a 1.08 ERA as
a senior at CHS while striking out 119 and walking 11 in 84 1/3 innings. Struck
also led the team in hitting (.455), RBI (45) and extra-base hits (21). Struck
pitched for the Portland Lobos in the West Coast League last summer going 5-1
with a 1.10 ERA while also hitting .400 as a second baseman for the league


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