Boone Whiting: Gents Pitching Ace Signs with Cardinals
Monday, June 14, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Right-handed pitcher Boone Whiting became the second Centenary pitcher is less than a week to sign a professional baseball contract as the Oakdale, Calif. native signed with the St. Louis Cardinals organization on Monday.

Whiting shined as the Gents ace all season becoming the all-time leader in strikeouts, earning Summit League Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-League honors as well as being named Third Team All-American and receiving three LSWA Pitcher of the Week accolades.

The junior will leave after an impressive 6-2 record with one save and 3.21 ERA this season. He led the league with 120 strikeouts in just 84.0 innings of work.

An 18th round selection from the National League Cardinals, Boone will make his way to Tennessee to join the Johnson City Cardinals team on Wednesday.

On the Bump w/ Boone Whiting:

Q: What was your reaction when you found out you were selected in the 18th round? Where were you? Who were you with?
BW:
I was very relieved and excited. I am one more step closer to the dream I have had since I started playing baseball as a 3 year old. I first heard the news while I was on the Santa Barbara Forrester's team bus heading to Compton where I was about to pitch. I was with the whole team and I was listening to music and all of a sudden everyone stood up on the bus and started shaking my hand and congratulating me.

Q: How does it feel to be a part of the STL Cardinals organization now?
BW:
I am very thankful and I feel blessed to have the opportunity and privilege to play for a premier organization such as the St. Louis Cardinals.

Q: Who has been your biggest influence throughout your career?
BW:
There have been a lot of influential people throughout my career, but my parents have definitely been the biggest. My Dad, especially, has always helped me to become the player and person I am today.

Q: What do you feel is your biggest strength as a pitcher?
BW:
I have always idolized Greg Maddux and he once said, "People think I'm smart? You know what makes you smart? Locate your fastball down and away. That's what makes you smart. You talk to Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, or Tom Seaver. They'll all tell you the same thing. It's not your arm that makes you a great pitcher. It's that thing between both of your ears we call a brain." I like to think that my brain is my strength as well when it comes to pitching.

Q: What will you be able to bring to the Cardinals organization?
BW:
I hope to be a very successful pitcher for the Cardinals and to represent them in the best way possible.

Q: Describe your time at Centenary.
BW:
My time at Centenary has been a learning and developmental stage for me in my pursuit of becoming a professional athlete as well as a strong, independent individual. I enjoyed my time at Centenary and I know I wouldn't have been able to learn the things I have without making that decision. Attending Centenary allowed me to learn how to make adjustments as quickly as possible and to always work on getting better.

Q: Best memory as a Gent?
BW:
My best memory is probably when we beat Oral Roberts this year in the regular season.

Q: What is some advice you would give to young athletes aspiring to be a professional athlete?
BW:
Don't be afraid to listen to everyone. Whether someone has credibility or not, you never know when someone will say something that just clicks on a switch in your head and can really help you.

Q: Having played 3 years of college ball, how do you think that has prepared you for the professional ranks?
BW:
Pitchers are creatures of habit and after 3 years of attending college I have learned how to get into solid routines that allow me to prepare for any opponent, in any atmosphere.

Q: What's next? Where are you headed? When?
BW:
I am headed to Johnson, TN and I hope to play well enough to work my way up the organization until I get the opportunity to play in the Majors.