Perhaps the most pivotal arm not on a major league roster was on display Tuesday night. I have no idea what Dallas Keuchel, still the top pitching free agent in the world, was doing on Tuesday, but I do know Forrest Whitley was on the bump for the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of Keuchel's former employer, the Houston Astros.
Whitley, 21, was selected 17th overall in the 2016 MLB draft out of Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas. Sometime in 2019 he is expected to make his major league debut about three hours west on the I-10 for the championship-contending Astros.
The right-handed pitcher is