Future Games Team NJ Spotlight: 2019 C John Whooley

By TJ Hunt
Director, New Jersey

John Whooley

Class of 2019 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Ramapo
    State: NJ
  • Summer Team: Teel Ravens
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 185lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R


Max FB
72 - 73
61 - 62
65 - 66
1.89 - 1.97
Pop Time
C Velo
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

Last Chance Open I.D. Showcase (November 5th, 2016)
Whooley has an athletic build at 5-foot-10 175-pounds. Offensively- recorded an exit velocity of 79 mph. Starts in a wide stance with feet slightly opened and in a crouch. Hands are relaxed resting on back shoulder with bat flat. Uses a foot stride to start swing. Hand load is small, hands come up off shoulder to even with shoulder and back elbow sticking outward. Quick hands to the ball give him some power.

Underclass Games (September 18, 2016)

Whooley has an athletic build at 5-foot-10 170-pounds. Stood out as one of the quicker catch-and-throw catchers at the event. Offensively- Has a wide stance with a slight crouch. Uses weight transfer first then a small stride to start swing. Hips and hands work well together. Already has gap to gap power, added strength to frame will increase power potential. Defensively- advanced receiving skills for age. Quiet upper body and head, receives ball with relaxed glove hand. Athleticism shows in blocking ability. Is able to move laterally very well. Very quick catch-to-throw transfer. 

PBR Future Games (August 4-6, 2016)
Whooley a lean 5-foot-10 170-pound catcher with an athletic frame. Ran a 7.6 60, but has been as low as a 7.1 in the past. Offensively- starts slightly opened, uses a short stride to start swing. Quiet under controlled approach to the baseball. Gets power from quick hips and hands. Line drive hitter with gap to gap potential as he continues to get stronger. Exit velo 84. Defensively- advanced receiving and blocking skills. Quiet hands that get pitchers strikes. Moves well laterally with blocking. Skills portion pop times were topped at 2.08. However, Whooley threw out a runner in game play from his knees that was a 1.97. 74 mph to 2B in the skills portion of the event.

Futures Preview (6/4/16)
Whooley is a 5-foot-10 170-pound 2019 catcher with broad shoulders and a solid, athletic frame, ran the 60 in 7.16 seconds, an exceptional time for a catcher. Offensively- starts with his stance slightly opened and uses a big stride with a fluid hand load. Took one of the better batting practices of the day, with line drives deep into both gaps and down the left field line. Whooley viciously torques his hips for power, and his hands are controlled to start, but explosive toward the baseball, Exit Velocity: 78. Defensively- Whooley showcased superb receiving skills and a quiet body. Pop Times were consistently at 2.00-flat, at a Velocity of 73 to second base. Quick exchange and sound footwork with momentum carrying toward the second base. 

9/20/15 --
Whooley, only a 2019 graduate, already has broad shoulders and a great frame. He is a switch hitter and has quick hands from both sides. From the right side, he occasionally gets wide with his hands which increases the length of his swing but that is an adjustment which he should be able to make as he has solid athleticism (already a 7.38 60-yard dash). His stance is more narrow from the left side and doesn't control the barrel quite as well. He already possesses some arm strength and it projects out to be above average when all is said and done. He was on the bag, posting a 2.09 best time. His feet work quickly and he stays largely directional throughout. There is a lot to like about the young prospect. He will be one to follow closely.