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FORMER RAYS’ FIRST-ROUND PICK WHITLEY JOINING BOULDERS

By Palisades Credit Union Park , 07/29/20, 4:45PM EDT

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Former Tampa Bay Rays’ first round draft selection Garrett Whitley will join the Rockland Boulders of the All-American Baseball Challenge beginning this weekend.

Whitley, a standout at Niskayuna High School near Schenectady, NY, was chosen 13th overall by the Rays in the 2015 MLB draft. A righthanded hitting outfielder, Whitley reached the High A level of the Rays’ organization in 2019 with the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League.

Prior to that, he spent time with the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League (short-season Class A), as well as the Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Class A Midwest League.

Whitley also spent the winter of 2017 playing with the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League.

Whitley will make his debut with the Boulders this Thursday when Rockland battles Palisades Credit Union Park co-tenant, the New York Brave. First pitch in Pomona is scheduled for 7 p.m.

This weekend, the Boulders will also be home to the Sussex County Miners on Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. In between, the Brave are set to host the New Jersey Jackals on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

The All-American Baseball Challenge is a six-team league that includes the Boulders, Brave, New Jersey Jackals, Skylands Cardinals, Sussex County Miners and Jersey Wise Guys. Each team is playing a 32-game schedule.

All games in the All-American Baseball Challenge, a summer recreation league comprised of professional and college players, are being held each week on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, running through Sept. 12. In accordance with New York State guidelines, crowds are extremely limited and masks are required as part of the ballpark's guest separation protocol.

Schedule and ticket information can be found at www.palisadescreditunionpark.com.