Kevin Whelan

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Kevin Whelan
Free agent
Born: (1984-01-08) January 8, 1984 (age 33)
Kerrville, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 10, 2011, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 0–0
Earned run average 9.00
Strikeouts 2

Kevin J. Whelan (born January 8, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers.

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

Whelan was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft out of Texas A&M University, where he played for the Texas A&M Aggies baseball team.

New York Yankees[edit]

On November 14, 2006, Whelan was traded to the New York Yankees, along with Humberto Sánchez and Anthony Claggett, for Gary Sheffield.[1]

He was called up by the Yankees on June 10, 2011 after recording a 1–1 won–loss record with a 1.67 earned run average and 18 saves as the closer for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.[2][3] He allowed four consecutive walks after recording two outs in his first ever appearance that same evening.

On January 26, 2012 he was designated for assignment to make room for Hiroki Kuroda.[4]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On January 3, 2013, the Cincinnati Reds signed Whelan to a minor league deal.[5]

Return to Detroit[edit]

On February 22, 2014, the Tigers signed Whelan to a minor league deal. On August 11, the Tigers purchased his contract from the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, and he was added to the 25-man active roster.[6] Prior to being called up, Whelan had 20 saves for the Toledo Mud Hens, having allowed eight runs on 26 hits over 39 innings with 48 strikeouts.[7] In Whelan's debut with the Tigers, he pitched 113 innings, allowing three hits, and two earned runs on back-to-back home runs.[8] On August 16, Whelan was designated for assignment by the Tigers.[9] The next day on August 17, the Tigers outrighted Whelan to Triple-A.[10] He elected free agency in October 2014.[11]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On November 1, 2014, the Oakland Athletics signed Whelan to a minor league contract.[12] He played for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds in 2015 before electing to become a free agent after the season.


  1. ^ "Tigers deal three pitchers to Yankees for Sheffield". ESPN. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ Calcaterra, Craig. "The Yankees add Kevin Whelan to the bullpen". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "New York Yankees call up righty Kevin Whelan, option Chris Dickerson". ESPN. June 10, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
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  5. ^ Sheldon, Mark (January 3, 2013). "Reds sign two righties and outfielder to Minors deals". MLB. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Detroit Tigers Add Kevin Whelan, Ian Krol and Justin Miller; Option Blaine Hardy and Pat McCoy". 
  7. ^ Beck, Jason (August 11, 2014). "Whelan grateful for chance to pitch for Tigers". MLB. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ Louden, Michael (August 11, 2014). "Tigers sloppy play costs them against Pirates". WKZO. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ Beck, Jason (August 17, 2014). "Tigers call up veteran Johnson to aid 'pen". MLB. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ Schmehl, James (August 19, 2014). "Tigers reliever Kevin Whelan accepts assignment to Triple-A Toledo after being outrighted by Detroit". MLive. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ Polishuk, Mark (October 6, 2014). "Players Who Have Elected Minor League Free Agency". Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ White, R.J. (November 1, 2014). "Athletics sign Kevin Whelan to minor-league deal". CBSSports. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 

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