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Scouting Yankees Prospect #42: Kevin Whelan

Kevin Whelan, originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 MLB Draft, was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in the Gary Sheffield deal prior to the 2007 season. The former college catcher finally had his first healthy year with the Yankees in 2009 and now he's knocking on the big league door.

Vital Statistics: Name: Kevin Whelan Position: Relief Pitcher DOB: January 8, 1984 Height: 6'0" Weight: 200 Bats: Right Throws: Right After two up and down years with the Yankees in 2007 and 2008, Whelan had a stellar 2009 campaign, going a combined 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA, 85 strikeouts in a little more than 67 innings, and holding opposing batters to a .192 average between Double-A Trenton and...