2011 SEASON RECAP: SEC Academic Honor Roll ... played both ways for the Tide seeing action on the mound and time at the plate later in the season ... was named to the Capital One District 4 Academic All-American Second-Team ... played in 18 games as a hitter, starting nine of them ... hit .238 with three runs and four RBI ... also hit a home run and walked four times ... made 17 appearances as a pitcher finishing the season with a 3.79 ERA and a 1-0 record with two saves ... tossed a total of 19.0 innings striking out one batter per inning and allowing only eight earned runs while holding batters to a .233 average ... was even better in SEC play, making four appearances over 5.0 innings and sporting a 1.80 ERA in that time.
SENIOR (2011): Tallahassee Regional: Florida State-Game 4: Came in for 2.1 innings on work on the mound ... allowed three earned runs on three hits while walking and striking out two batters apiece. Florida State-Game 2: Came in as a pinch hitter, going 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat. South Carolina: Appeared in all three games as a hitter ... started games one and three as the DH and came in for a pinch-hit appearance in the middle game of the series ... went 1-for-8 with one run and one walk for the series. Auburn: Appeared in all three games as a hitter, coming in as a pinch hitter in game one of Saturday's doubleheader and then starting the final two games at DH ... went 4-for-10 with three RBI and one walk at the dish. LSU: Appeared in all three games of the weekend series, coming in as a pinch hitter in game one of Saturday's doubleheader, then starting game two at DH and closing out the series with a relief appearance on the mound ... went 2-for-6 with one run and one RBI in his time at the plate ... hit the go-ahead home run in the top of the 10th to clinch game one for the Tide in Saturday's twinbill ... came in for 0.2 innings of relief, walking and striking out one batter apiece in game three (5/1). Florida: Came in for a pinch-hit appearance vs. Florida (4/24), grounding into a double play in his lone at-bat. Samford: Came in for 0.1 innings of work, allowing two runs - one earned - on one hit while walking and striking out one apiece. MVSU: Appeared in both games vs. the Delta Devils ... went 1.0 inning of scoreless relief, striking out the side in game one (4/12) ... went 1.0 inning, striking out two, to hold the Tide shutout intact. Vanderbilt: Came in for 2.0 innings of relief in game two (4/9) ... allowed two runs - one earned - on two hits while walking one. Samford: Came in for 0.2 innings, allowing one hit. UAB (Regions): Came in for a relief effort, going 0.2 innings, allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out one. Kentucky: Threw 0.1 inning in game two (3/26). Jacksonville State: Came in for 2.0 innings of relief, walking one and striking out two. Mississippi: Came in to throw 2.0 innings, allowing three hits and striking out two while surrendering no runs (3/19) ... also started game three (3/20) as the DH, going 0-for-3 in his first start at a position in 2011. Auburn (Riverwalk): Pitched the final 0.2 innings ... did not allow a hit and had one strikeout to close the game. EIU: Threw 1.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit in game one (3/11). Troy: Came in to pinch-hit, going 0-for-1 in the at-bat. NWSU: Came in for 2.1 innings of relief, walking two and striking out three to earn his first win of the season in game one (3/4) ... also came in to pinch-hit, going 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat in game three (3/6). Southern Mississippi: Came in to pinch-hit, going 0-for-1 vs. USM (3/2). USA Classic: Went 0.0 innings giving up two runs - both earned - and three hits against Central Florida. Alabama State: Threw 0.2 innings giving up one hit vs. the Hornets. Alcorn State: Made one appearance in the season-opening series (2/19) ... went 1.1 innings with a strikeout to earn his first save of the season ... also had one appearance as a batter, going 0-for-1 (2/18).
JUNIOR (2010): SEC Academic Honor Roll ... one of 14 first-time players to see action in 2010, including nine position players ... two-way player, who also saw action on the mound ... hit .263 (5-for-19) with five runs scored, one home run and three RBI in 10 games in 2010 ... saw action against South Alabama (Feb. 21), Illinois Chicago (Feb. 27), Stony Brook (March 13), Minnesota (March 16-17), UAB (March 31 and April 6), Mississippi State (April 25), Florida (May 7) and LSU (May 30) ... made postseason debut against LSU in 2010 SEC Championship Game ... notched his first SEC plate appearance vs. Mississippi State on April 25 ... drew a pinch-hit walk in the Tide's five-run sixth inning that produced a 6-4 win ... posted a three-game hitting streak (4-for-5, .800) from Feb. 27-March 16 ... recorded pinch-hit RBI single that plated the tying run in the ninth inning against Minnesota on March 16 ... earned second career start as the DH in the Tide's 13-6 win over Stony Brook on March 13 ... went 1-for-2 in the game with three RBI, including his first career home run in the sixth inning ... recorded first career hit in the Tide's lopsided 25-1 win over Illinois-Chicago on Feb. 27 ... finished the game with two hits, two runs, scored and one RBI ... earned first career start (DH) at South Alabama on Feb. 21 ... made 23 appearances on the mound, including 22 relief appearances and one start (Samford, April 13) ... posted a 2-3 record with three saves and a 4.65 ERA ... second on the team with three saves ... opened the season with five consecutive scoreless outings (5 G, 1-0, 1 SV, 0.00 ERA) ... retired the first 13 batters he faced for the Crimson Tide ... earned first career SEC win with one scoreless inning at Tennessee on May 22 ... tossed one scoreless inning against Mississippi (May 14) ... posted two scoreless innings for his third save of the season against Mississippi Valley State on April 27 ... retired all six batters and totaled two strikeouts ... retired the only batter he faced against Mississippi State on April 25 ... made first career start against Samford on April 13 ... notched his second career save with a scoreless ninth inning against No. 18 Vanderbilt on March 19 ... after allowing a leadoff double, Whitaker retired the next three Vanderbilt hitters in his SEC debut ... threw two scoreless innings in the Tide's 9-4 win over Minnesota on March 17 ... retired six of seven batters faced, with one walk and one strikeout ... appeared in two games at College of Charleston (March 5-6), retiring five of the six batters he faced with three strikeouts ... earned first collegiate save on March 6 (0.2 IP, 1 K) as he stranded a pair of inherited runners in the ninth inning of the Tide's 6-2 win ... pitched a scoreless ninth inning on March 6, with two strikeouts ... earned first collegiate win in the Tide's 4-3 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Feb. 27 ... worked a three-up, three-down ninth inning and struck out one batter ... made his Crimson Tide debut on the mound in the Tide's season opener with South Alabama ... threw one scoreless inning and added one strikeout.
SOPHOMORE (2009 - Shelton State CC): In his final season at Shelton State, Whitaker led the Bucs to a 44-19 overall record and third straight trip to the NJCAA World Series ... member of back-to-back NJCAA World Series teams and Alabama Junior College State Championship squads ... played for Coach Bobby Sprowl ... named to Alabama Community College Conference All-North Division Team ... played in 61 games and earned 56 starts ... hit .337 (69-for-205) with two home runs and 61 RBI ... also added six doubles, 35 walks and 59 runs scored ... led team with 61 RBI ... third on team with 59 runs scored ... ranked 10th in the state in RBI per game (1.017) and 24th in runs scored per game (0.932) ... recorded 19 multi-hit games and 17 multi-RBI games ... named Most Valuable Player of the 2009 ACCC State Tournament, where he hit .583 (7-for-12) in three games with six RBI ... went 2-for-3 with two RBI against Jefferson Davis (May 12), 3-for-5 with two RBI against Northwest Shoals (May 13) and capped the tourney with a 1-for-4, two RBI game against Faulkner State in the championship game ... also pitched 6.2 innings and logged eight strikeouts en route to the win on the mound in title game ... had two, eight-game hitting streaks this season ... recorded season-high four hits against Marion Military (March 17) ... added season-high six RBI against Bevill State (March 29) ... on the mound, Whitaker was 5-1 with three saves and 3.10 ERA in 20 relief appearances ... he worked 40.2 innings and allowed 25 runs (14 ER) and 35 hits with 45 strikeouts and 19 walks ... ranked eighth in the state with three saves and 29th in the state with five wins ... season-high eight strikeouts in ACCC State Tournament win over Faulkner State (May 15).
FRESHMAN (2008 - Shelton State CC): A two-way player on Shelton State's team that finished runner-up in the 2008 NJCAA World Series ... the Bucs finished the season with a 48-19 record and won their second straight Alabama State Championship and Region XXII Championship ... played in 60 games and earned 53 starts in his first season at Shelton State ... hit .333 (63-for-189) with seven home runs and 43 RBI ... also added five doubles, 44 walks and scored 48 runs ... recorded 15 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games ... posted an 11-game hitting streak from May 11-29, where he batted .306 (11-for-36) with one home run, seven RBI and nine runs scored ... collected three hits against Marion Military (April 22), Snead State (April 25) and Bevill State (May 4) ... hit two home runs against Birmingham Southern (April 1) and Snead State (April 26) ... collected season-high five RBI against Bevill State (April 4) ... as a pitcher, he posted a 4-3 record with four saves and a 5.01 ERA in 26 relief appearances ... ranked fifth in the state with four saves ... he worked 44.2 innings and allowed 31 runs (26 ER) and 44 hits with 77 strikeouts and 23 walks ... held opponents to a .243 batting average ... recorded season-high seven strikeouts against Bevill State (May 4) and Central Alabama (May 13).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: A 2007 graduate of Northridge High School ... played for Coach Don McNabb ... a three-year starter at third base and on the mound ... full name is Brett Whitaker ... he is the son of Ronnie and Shirley Whitaker ... has one older sister, Chrissy Whitaker O'Bryant.