Kevin Whelan

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Kevin Whelan
Born: (1984-01-08) January 8, 1984 (age 38)
Kerrville, Texas
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 10, 2011, for the New York Yankees
Last appearance
August 11, 2014, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average9.00

Kevin J. Whelan (born January 8, 1984) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who played for the New York Yankees in 2011 and for the Detroit Tigers in 2014.

Amateur career[edit]

Whelan attended Texas A&M University, where he played for the Texas A&M Aggies baseball team. In 2004, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League, where he was named a league all-star and received the league's Outstanding Relief Pitcher award.[1][2][3]

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

Whelan was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.

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.[4]

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.[5][6] 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.[7]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On January 3, 2013, the Cincinnati Reds signed Whelan to a minor league deal.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] In Whelan's debut with the Tigers, he pitched 113 innings, allowing three hits, and two earned runs on back-to-back home runs.[11] On August 16, Whelan was designated for assignment by the Tigers.[12] The next day on August 17, the Tigers outrighted Whelan to Triple-A.[13] He elected free agency in October 2014.[14]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On November 1, 2014, the Oakland Athletics signed Whelan to a minor league contract.[15] He played for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds in 2015 before electing to become a free agent after the season.


  1. ^ "2004 Wareham Gatemen". Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  2. ^ "2004 Cape Cod Baseball League postseason awards". Yarmouth Register. Yarmouth, MA. August 19, 2004. p. 14.
  3. ^ "West All-Star Roster: All-Star Game 2004". Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "Tigers deal three pitchers to Yankees for Sheffield". ESPN. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  5. ^ Calcaterra, Craig. "The Yankees add Kevin Whelan to the bullpen". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "New York Yankees call up righty Kevin Whelan, option Chris Dickerson". ESPN. June 10, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  7. ^ Jon Heyman [@JonHeyman] (January 26, 2012). "#yankees dfa kevin whelan to make room for hiroki kuroda" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Sheldon, Mark (January 3, 2013). "Reds sign two righties and outfielder to Minors deals". MLB. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  9. ^ "Detroit Tigers Add Kevin Whelan, Ian Krol and Justin Miller; Option Blaine Hardy and Pat McCoy".
  10. ^ Beck, Jason (August 11, 2014). "Whelan grateful for chance to pitch for Tigers". MLB. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  11. ^ Louden, Michael (August 11, 2014). "Tigers sloppy play costs them against Pirates". WKZO. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  12. ^ Beck, Jason (August 17, 2014). "Tigers call up veteran Johnson to aid 'pen". MLB. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Polishuk, Mark (October 6, 2014). "Players Who Have Elected Minor League Free Agency". Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  15. ^ White, R.J. (November 1, 2014). "Athletics sign Kevin Whelan to minor-league deal". CBSSports. Retrieved November 1, 2014.

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