University of Iowa Athletics
IF/OF

#28 Chris Whelan

Height 6-1
Weight 196 lbs.
Class Redshirt Sophomore
B/T R/R
Hometown Naperville, Ill.
High School Benet
Previous School Parkland College

2019 — One of four team captains… named to the Preseason Big Ten Honors List… started 49 games — 44 in left field and five times at designated hitter… hit .288 (51-for-177) with 32 runs, 21 RBIs, and 12 doubles… was sixth in the Big Ten in on-base percentage (.430), tied for sixth in hit by pitches (12), and tied for eighth in walks (35)… in league games, tied for sixth in walks (17), ninth in OBP (.411), and tied for ninth in hit by pitches (5)… had 13 multi-hit games (10 2-hit, two 3-hit, one 4-hit)… had a career-long 21-game on-base streak from March 24-April 27… returned to the leadoff spot April 2, where he hit .330 (38-of-115) with 23 runs, 15 RBIs, 12 multi-hit games, and a .430 on-base percentage… hit safely in all three games of the Big Ten Tournament and finished 2-for-4 with an RBI in win over top-seeded and 21st-ranked Indiana (5/22)… hit .417 (5-of-12) with two multi-hit games in series against Michigan State (5/10-12)… tallied his second three-hit game of the season, finishing 3-for-5 with a double, two runs, and RBI in win over Western Illinois (5/1)… went 2-for-6 with a double and two RBIs in game two win at Ohio State (4/27)… hit a team-best .545 (6-of-11) with five runs in series win over No. 30 Nebraska (4/19-21)… tied a career-high in hits and runs, finishing 4-for-5 with four runs and a double in game two win (4/20)… finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored in series opener against Rutgers (4/5)…went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and a double and three runs scored against Illinois State (4/3)… went 1-for-3 with two runs and a double in series opener against No. 23 Illinois (3/29)… went 2-for 4 in game one (3/1) at No. 19 Oklahoma State and had a two-run double in game two (3/1)… went 3-for-4 with three doubles, two runs, and two RBIs in the win over Marshall (2/17)… the three doubles tied a school record, becoming the 10th Hawkeye to accomplish the feat.

2018 Honors — Third-team All-Big Ten selection at designated hitter. 2018 —  Started 38 games — 27 as the designated hitter, five in left field, and six at first base… Iowa’s leadoff hitter… hit .308 (48-of-156) with 36 runs… hit safely in 31-of-38 games with 13 multi-hit games (nine 2-hit, two 3-hit, one 4-hit)… scored at least one run in 23 contests… returned to the lineup March 17 after missing the first month of the season, recovering from Tommy John surgery… suffered the injury during Scout Day in the fall… was cleared to throw and play in the field on April 24… finished with a .385 average (5-of-13) in the three-game sweep of Penn State (5/17-19)… went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the series opener… hit .455 (5-of-11) with seven runs scored in the series win over No. 12 Oklahoma State… posted two multi-hit games, including a 2-for-3, two run, two RBI contest in the series opener (5/4)… homered in back-to-back games… hit a game-tying solo home run against Michigan (4/29), finishing the game 2-for-5 with an RBI… hit fourth long ball against Missouri (5/1), finishing 2-for-6 with two runs and an RBI… finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the series finale at No. 25 Minnesota (4/22)… hit his second home run — a solo shot — in the game… went 2-for-4 with a career-high two doubles in game one against Ohio State (4/7)… had a career-high four hits, finishing 4-for-5 with four runs scored against Bradley (3/28)… went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Iowa’s 5-1 victory over No. 11 Indiana (3/23)… hit .417 in the three game sweep of Evansville (3/17-18) with four runs… had a base hit in his first at-bat of the season… went 3-for-5, tying a career-high in hits, against Saint Louis (3/20).

at World University Games (2017) — Started all seven games — five in left field and two as designated hitter… hit .308 (8-of-26) with 11 RBIs and five runs scored… hit safely in five games with two multi-hit contests… hit a bases-clearing, three-run double in the ninth-inning rally over Korea (8/26)… went 3-for-3 with a double, four RBIs, and two runs against Russia (8/22)… went 1-for-3 with two RBIs against Czech Republic (8/25), and 1-for-4 with two RBIs in semifinal victory over Czech Republic (8/28).

2017 Honors — Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player… Big Ten All-Tournament team. 2017 — Hit .309 with 37 runs and 25 RBIs… had 11 doubles and seven home runs… started 57 games — 54 in left field, two at second base, and one as the DH… second in the Big Ten with a .435 on-base percentage, tied for fifth in hit by pitches (15), and tied for eighth in walks (32)… had 22 multi-hit (15 two-hit, seven three-hit) contests… was 6-for-9 in steal attempts… named Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player after hitting .333 (6-of-18) with two doubles, two home runs, four runs, and three RBIs in five games… went 3-for-4 with a double and home run against Maryland (5/25) and 2-for-3 with a solo home run against Nebraska (5/26)… had 17 putouts in left field at the tourney… missed four games from April 23-May 2 after suffering a wrist/elbow injury after making a diving catch in series finale against Rutgers… went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored against Omaha (5/16) with a double and home run — a lead off solo shot… it was his fifth blast of the year… had the game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning… posted two three-hit games during Ohio State series… went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a double in series finale… had three straight multi-hit games against Rutgers… went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs in game two… hit two home runs — a solo home run and a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth… had two multi-hit games at Nebraska… finished 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in the 7-6 series-opening victory… had the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Iowa a 7-6 walk-off victory over UNLV (3/31)… shared the DQ Classic batting title after hitting .500 (6-of-12) in three games… went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs against Hawai’i (3/3) and 2-for-4 against Oral Roberts (3/4).

At Parkland College (2016) — Hit .299 with 40 hits, six doubles and a home run… scored 37 runs, had 30 RBIs, and posted a .420 on-base percentage… had just 17 strikeouts in 134 at-bats… had 10 multi-hit games on the year… helped team to a regional championship and World Series appearance, finishing eighth in the nation… was primarily the team’s second baseman.

At Bradley (2015) — Received a medical redshirt… member of the MVC Honor Roll.

High School — ESCC Offensive Player of the Year as a senior after hitting .434 with 20 extra-base hits, 26 RBIs, 31 runs, and two home runs… Team Most Valuable Player… also earned all-state and all-area honors… two-time ESCC All-Conference selection… was president of the bowling club as a senior… high school coach was Scott Lawler.

Personal — Born June 12, 1996, in Chicago… son of Michael and Mary Ellen Whelan… has three sibings, Pat, Tim, and Mary Kate… uncle, Tim Shanley, swam collegiately at Michigan State… majoring in history.