But he did keep his eye on the game, helping name one of the other all-stars top prospect there, Hunter Virant, according to The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.
"Projection," Whalen told The Union-Bulletin, backing up the Virant choice. "Long lean, loose easy arm. For me he's kind of a young Cliff Lee. Good looking kid."
Whalen went on to his career as a baseball scout after a short playing career of his own. Whalen spent four seasons as a pro, but he didn't make AA.
Whalen's pro career began in 1989, taken by the Padres in the 15th round out of Warner Pacific College in Oregon.
Whalen started at single-A Charleston, hitting .182 over 62 games. He helped extend a July lead with a double. He moved to single-A Waterloo for 1990, hitting .234.
For 1991, Whalen returned to Waterloo. In 99 games that year, he hit .229. Whalen spent part of a third year at Waterloo in 1992. He also spent time that year at high-A High Desert. He hit .313 at High Desert and .235 at Waterloo. It was his final season as a pro.
Eventually, Whalen moved to be a scout. He was hired by the Brewers as an area scout for 2011, a post he continues to hold n 2014.
In 2012, Whalen's Brewers selected his son in the 42nd round out of high school. Caleb Whalen, however, chose to attend Portland State, where he played as a junior in 2014.
- Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 26, 2012: West edges East at All-Star Game
Made the Majors: 815 - 48.1%
Never Made Majors: 879-51.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 354
10+ Seasons in the Minors:205