University of Iowa Athletics

#19 Ben Wilmes

Height 6-0
Weight 175 lbs.
Class So.
Hometown Johnston, Iowa
High School Johnston
Ben  Wilmes - Baseball - University of Iowa Athletics

2022 Honors —Named to the Dean’s List during the fall semester. 2022 — Started 21 games — seven at second base, eight at third base and six in left field — and appeared in 33 contests… hit .234 (18-of-72) with 23 runs and 15 RBIs… hit .364 (4-of-11) with six runs against Indiana (5/19-21)… went 3-for-4 with four runs and two RBIs in series opener against Hoosiers (5/19)… drove in four runs during the Purdue series (5/6-8)… went 1-for-3 with two RBIs in game one and 1-for-4 with two RBIs in game three… hit .429 (3-of-7) with three runs and two RBIs against Minnesota (4/15-17)… tallied his first career multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBIs in series finale against the Gophers (4/17)… went 1-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs in road win at Milwaukee (4/12)… had his first extra base hit — a double — in game two against Illinois (4/9)… went 1-for-2 with a run and steal against St. Thomas (3/21)… made his first career start against Cornell College (3/2), finishing 1-for-3 with a run and RBI — his firsts in all three categories… made his Hawkeye debut against Ball State (2/19).

High School — Ranked as a top-500 player nationally by Perfect Game… rated as the ninth-best player in Iowa by Prep Baseball Report… three-time all-state honoree, earning first-team honors as a junior and senior and second-team honors as a sophomore… Des Moines Register all-Iowa Elite Team and first-team Class 4A selection as a senior… three-time all-conference and all-district selection… only freshman on varsity in 2018, starting 36 of 42 games… holds single season school records for runs scored (75), which are the most in Class 4A history… also has records for single season doubles (20), steals (35) and on-base percentage (.605)… holds career records for runs scored (204) and steals (67)… led team to four state tournament appearances, including a 2020 state title and runner-up finishes in 2019 and 2021… team won four straight conference titles from 2018-2021… hit .478 as a senior with a .836 slugging and .605 on-base percentage… had 20 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 75 runs, 20 hit by pitch, and 35 steals in 44 games as a senior… had a .427 average with six doubles, 18 walks, 15 hit by pitch, 13 steals and a .962 fielding percentage as a junior… had a .378 average with five doubles, 18 walks and 17 HBP as a sophomore and a .381 average with a .486 OBP as a freshman… played for Iowa Sticks from 2011-2020… led team to 2019 PBR Fall Midwest championship… three-time All-Academic Award selection… also lettered in basketball and track and field… high school coach was Michael Barta.

Personal — Born Nov. 25, 2002, in Des Moines, Iowa… son of Alan and Andrea Wilmes… has three older siblings, Abbey, Bailey and Brooke… parents played collegiate baseball and softball at Grand View… Abbey played collegiate softball at Grand View, Brooke played collegiate soccer at Simpson College and Brooke played collegiate softball at the University of Missouri… grandfather, Lou Yacinich, is the head coach at Grand View… high school teammate of fellow Hawkeyes Peyton Williams and Cade Moss… majoring in sport and recreation management.