Karsten Whitson is in his first season on staff with the Pirates after ending his professional playing career with the Boston Red Sox and collegiately at the University of Florida.
The Boston Red Sox took Whitson in the 11th round in 2014, after a heralded career at Florida. In 2014, Whitson pitched seven innings for the Lowell Spinners, the Red Sox Class-A Short-Season team in the New York-Penn League.
After a career ending injury in 2017, The Bismarck Larks, of the Northwoods Summer Collegiate League, named Karsten Whitson as the Pitching Coach for the inaugural 2017 season. He was nominated for assistant coach of the year in his first season with Bismarck.
Prior to being drafted by the Red Sox, Whitson was a member of the Florida Gators baseball team from 2011-2014. As a Junior he earned a spot on the SEC All-Tournament Team after hurling six scoreless innings against No. 8 LSU in the Championship Game. Whitson was a part of two SEC championship teams (11,14) and two NCAA College World Series teams (11,12). In 2011 he was chosen as the National Freshman Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game and was named to the organization’s Freshman All-American team. He also earned Freshman All-American recognition from Baseball America, Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Whitson was also a member of the SEC’s All-Freshman Team.
A native of Chipley, Fl. Whitson Graduated from Chipley High School in 2010. He was selected in the first round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres with the 9th overall pick.
He was also a member of the 2009 USA 18-U National Team that brought home the gold medal from the IX COPABE “AAA” Pan American Junior Championships in Venezuela.