Kodi James Whitley (born February 21, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2020.
Whitley signed with St. Louis and made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. He also appeared in one game for the Palm Beach Cardinals at the end of the season. Over 17+2⁄3 innings between both clubs, he compiled a 1.53 ERA and 22 strikeouts.
In 2018, he pitched for the Peoria Chiefs, going 4–2 with a 2.51 ERA over 41 games (two starts), and in 2019, he began the year with Palm Beach before being promoted to the Springfield Cardinals in April and to the Memphis Redbirds in July.
Over fifty relief appearances between the three clubs, Whitley went 3–4 with a 1.60 ERA, striking out 78 batters over 67+1⁄3 innings. He was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League for the Glendale Desert Dogs following the season.
On July 20, 2020, it was announced that Whitley had made the Cardinals 2020 Opening Day roster. He made his debut on July 26 at Busch Stadium against the Pittsburgh Pirates, facing three batters and retiring them all over one inning in relief.
Kodi has never divulged any information about his parents, he is a very private person who likes to keep his personal life away from media attention.