Hawk Item — Selected in the eighth round (239th pick) of the 2014 Major League Draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim… elected to forego his senior season and sign a professional contract.
2014 Honors — First-team All-Big Ten — the first Hawkeye since 2009 to earn the distinction… ABCA first-team All-Mideast region… first-team All-Big Ten by College Sports Madness. 2014 — Started 52-of-53 games at shortstop… led the team with a .365 (76-of-208) batting average to go along with 45 runs and 32 RBIs… posted a .447 slugging and .438 on-base percentage and was 25-of-29 on the base paths… the 25 steals were the 11th most in a single season in school history and the most by a Hawkeye since 2010… ranked second in the second in the Big Ten in steals (25) and batting average (.365), tied for fourth in hits (76), on-base percentage (.438) and triples (4), sixth in hit by pitches (11) and seventh in runs (45)… tied for team lead with 23 multi-hit and has eight multi-RBI games… went 2-for-4 with a run scored against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament… stole home, which earned him a spot in the day’s top-10 on ESPN SportsCenter… hit .500 (7-of-14) with four runs and three RBIs at Purdue (5-15/17)… went 4-for-6 with three runs in the finale for his fourth four-hit game of the season… hit .417 with five hits, and RBI, and six total bases in three games against Illinois (5/9-11)… went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI in game one and 2-for-4 in the finale… went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in Iowa’s 8-3 victory over Upper Iowa (5/7)… hit .429 (6-of-14) with a double, two runs, and four RBIs at Ohio State (5/3-5)… tallied his third four-hit game of the season May 4, finishing 4-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs in Iowa’s 17-2 win… went 3-for-5 with an RBI and run scored against Western Illinois (4/15)… hit .500 (5-of-10) in three games against Northwestern with a home run, three RBIs and four runs scored (4/11-12)… went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI and a triple in game one… was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs with a triple and his first career home run in game two… became first Hawkeye since 2008 to have triples in back-to-back games… batted .625 (5-of-8) with four runs scored in two games against Kansas (4/8-9)… tallied his second four-hit game of the season, finishing 4-for-5 with three runs in the finale… hit .429 in three games against Kansas State (6-of-14) with a triple, one RBI, and eight total bases (3/7-3/9)… had a career-best four hits, going 4-for-6 with two runs and an RBI in the series finale (3/9)… hit .333 in the Stetson Invitational (4-of-12) with one RBI and four total bases (2/28-3/2)… hit .455 with three RBIs and three runs as the Snowbird Baseball Classic… hit .455 (5-of-11) with four runs and three RBIs at Austin Peay… named to the Big Ten Watch List.
2013 — Started 34 games at shortstop and three at third base… missed six games April 12-30 due to a back injury… missed the Northwestern series (March 22-23) due to a concussion… shared the team-lead with Kris Goodman in RBIs (24) and multi-RBI games (6)… ranked third on the club in hits (44) and total bases (48), and fourth in batting average (.286) and runs scored (22)… hit a team-best .362 (21-of-58) with runners in scoring position and .318 (14-of-44) against right-handed pitching… posted a seven-game hitting streak March 3-18, setting a new career-high… reached base in 10 straight games April 14-May 5, setting a new career-best… had 13 multi-hit games, including a career best three hits against Western Illinois (March 2), Omaha (March 17), and Nebraska (April 6)… opened season with five-game hitting streak… played in 2-of-3 games off the bench vs. Minnesota, registering a single and two walks at the plate… went 5-for-13 (.385) over a three-game series with Nebraska (April 5-7)… hit .385 (5-of-13) in series vs. Omaha… scored three runs vs. Austin Peay on Feb. 16, tying a career-high… went 4-for-13 (.308) with a team-best five RBIs at the Snowbird Classic (March 8-10)… recorded first extra base hit of the season on Feb. 16… was a preseason All-Big Ten selection by College Sports Madness… one of three Hawkeyes named to the 2013 Big Ten Baseball Players to Watch list.
2012 — Appeared in 46 games, the most among any Iowa freshman and the third-most on the team… made 42 starts… hit .292, recording 47 hits in 161 at-bats… tied for second on the team with eight doubles and 24 RBIs and tied for third with 24 runs scored… tallied one triple and 57 total bases… went 9-for-9 in stolen bases… ranked first in the Big Ten and 22nd nationally with 14 sacrifice bunts… was hit-by-pitch seven times, which ranked fourth most on the team… tallied game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth in series opener against Northwestern… delivered game-winning, walk-off hit in bottom of the ninth in 10-9 victory over Milwaukee… ranked second on the team with 15 multiple-hit games, including four, three-hit contests… tied for team lead with six multiple-RBI games… recorded season-high hitting-streak of five games and reached-base streak of nine games… hit in the No. 2 spot 28 times… hit .308 against righties, .353 with two outs, .388 with runners on base and .426 with runners in scoring position… batted .329 at Duane Banks Field… notched eight two-out RBIs… named to the Riverview Inn Classic All-Tournament team for his efforts at Austin Peay… recorded five hits, two doubles, scored five runs and tallied four RBIs in the three-game tournament… saw first career action and made first career start on Feb. 18 against Notre Dame, tallying first career hit and RBI.
High School — Three-time all-conference, two-time all-state and two-time all-district honoree… was named to the all-state team after batting .434 and leading his team to a conference title as a junior… batted .475 with three home runs as a senior as he led his team to conference and state titles… football and track standout… was a four-year honor roll student.
Personal — Born March 2, 1993… son of Pat and Erin Yacinich… high school coach was Tim O’Neill… health and human physiology major.