7 items about Yankee starter Chase Whitley

NEW YORK -- Rookie Chase Whitley will make his major league debut for the Yankees at Citi Field on Thursday. Who is he? Well, let's take a look.

1) Whitley is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-hander, who will turn 25 next month. He was selected by the Yankees in the 15th round of the 2010 draft out of Troy University. He is from Ranburne, Alabama.

2) He has mostly been a reliever in the minors, but thus far has started in six of his seven outings in 2014. For Triple-A Scranton, he was 3-2, 2.39 ERA in 26 1/3.

In 2013, he made 29 Triple-A appearances, only five were as a starter. Overall, he was 3-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 67 2/3 innings. As a starter, he was 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 22 innings.

3) During spring training with the Yankees, Whitley went 1-2 and allowed seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.

4) He attended Southern Union Community College before transferring to Troy.

5) Girardi said Whitely has a "plus" changeup.

6) Girardi said the big thing for him is that Whitley makes it through the first inning and calms himself down.

"I don't care who you are or how highly touted you are, the first time you walk on a major league field, there are a lot of emotions and a lot of adrenaline," Girardi said.

The first inning is usually the toughest for a major league debut, Girardi said.

7) What will Girardi's advice to Whitley be?

"Understand you are going to have butterflies," Girardi said. "Do your best to handle it. What I always tell starting pitchers, 'Go out and be yourself. Throw what you are comfortable throwing in certain situations because the catchers doesn't know you as well as you know yourself. Yeah, he knows the hitters. You have to feel comfortable with what you've got.'"