Rates as one of the most improved players on the team ... Really came on at the end of the 2007 season ... Followed that with a great summer and very good fall ... Has three really good pitches and his command has continued to get better ... Coaches would like to see him keep progressing and maturing ... Figures to compete for a starting position, either on the weekends or the weekdays ... Has the stuff to win in the ACC.
2006-07: Pitched in 10 games, six as a starter ... Saw his first action in relief at Charlotte ... Pitched one inning, allowing three runs on three hits ... Made his first collegiate start against Albany ... Pitched three innings, allowing three hits and two unearned runs ... Faced three batters in game one against A&T ... Started against Marist but pitched just one inning ... Picked up his first collegiate win by hurling six shutout innings against Radford ... Struck out six and walked just one, while allowing five hits ... Started and pitched three innings against Liberty in Blacksburg ... Gave up five runs, four earned ... Did not figure in the decision ... Picked up a win in a start at VMI with six shutout innings ... Struck out six and allowed just two hits ... Pitched 1.2 innings in a suspended game at Duke and took the loss ... Also picked up a loss in a home start against Charlotte, giving up six runs in four innings of work ... Finished 2-2 on the season ... Posted 25 strikeouts and walked 11 batters in 26.2 innings of work.
High School: Struck out 117 batters in 63 innings as a senior for Coach Scooter Dunn at George Washington High ... Posted a 6-3 record with one save and a 1.75 earned run average ... Also carried a .391 batting average, driving in 14 runs ... Earned first-team all-district honors as both a pitcher and designated hitter ... Was honorable mention all-region as a DH ... Named the Danville Register & Bee Player of the Year ... Finished with a 3-2 pitching mark as a junior ... Compiled a 2.64 ERA and struck out 75 batters in 48 innings of work ... As a junior, ranked by Baseball America as No. 76 of top 400 high school players in the class of 2006 ... Played in the 2005 Virginia Commonwealth Games ... Was a Puma preseason All-American in 2006.
Personal: Robert Ridley Whitley ... Born 9/30/88 in Danville, VA ... Son of Tom and Jennifer Whitley ... Enrolled in university studies.