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Kevin Whelan | Relief Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/8/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Athletics signed RHP Kevin Whelan to a minor league contract.
The 30-year-old right-hander had a terrific season at Triple-A Toledo in 2014, posting a 2.70 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 54/21 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings. He adds nice organizational bullpen depth for the A's. Sat, Nov 1, 2014 03:32:00 PM

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Kevin Whelan has accepted an assignment to Triple-A Toledo.

Whelan cleared waivers after being designated for assignment over the weekend. The 30-year-old will remain with the organization as bullpen depth.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 03:21:00 PM

Tigers sent RHP Kevin Whelan outright to Triple-A Toledo.

The veteran right-hander passed through waivers unclaimed and will continue to function as organizational bullpen depth. He should return once rosters expand in September.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 05:59:00 PM

Tigers designated RHP Kevin Whelan for assignment.

Whelan allowed two home runs and walked two in 1 1/3 innings of relief earlier this week. He got pushed off the 40-man roster Saturday to clear a spot for Jim Johnson.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 11:05:00 PM

Tigers optioned RHP Kevin Whelan to Triple-A Toledo.

Whalen was only in the majors for a couple of days, allowing two home runs in his one relief appearance. The former top prospect should get another shot in September.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 05:30:00 PM

Tigers purchased the contract of RHP Kevin Whelan from Triple-A Toledo.

The former top prospect who was used by the Tigers to acquire Gary Sheffield in 2007, returned to the organization this winter and has been lights out at Triple-A Toledo. In his 35 games, he posted a 1.85 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 48/16 K/BB ratio over 39 innings while recording 20 saves. He'll provide much needed bullpen depth in Motown.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 09:50:00 PM

Tigers signed RHP Kevin Whelan to a minor league contract.

Whelan was a former top prospect of the Tigers, selected in the fourth round of the 2005 draft, then dealt to the Yankees in the Gary Sheffield trade. He posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 73/33 K/BB ratio over 50 2/3 innings at Triple-A Louisville in 2013, and will represent organizational bullpen depth for the Tigers.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 11:48:00 AM

Reds signed RHP Kevin Whelan to a minor league contract.

Whelan posted a 3.55 ERA with 36 strikeouts over 25 1/3 frames this past season at Triple-A for the Yankees, but his control problems (16 walks) continued. He'll represent minor league depth.
Wed, Jan 2, 2013 09:22:00 PM

Yankees sent RHP Kevin Whelan outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Whelan was designated for assignment last week and drew no interest on waivers. The 28-year-old right-hander had a 2.75 ERA in 52 1/3 minor league innings last year.
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 04:09:00 PM

Yankees designated RHP Kevin Whelan for assignment.

He was cleared to make room for the newly-signed Hiroki Kuroda on the 40-man roster. Whelan made two appearances with the Yankees last season, but spent the majority of the year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, posting a 54/14 K/BB ratio over 52 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old could draw some interest on waivers.
Thu, Jan 26, 2012 02:21:00 PM

Yankees optioned RHP Kevin Whelan to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Whelan spent a little under a week with the big league Yanks, allowing one earned run in two relief appearances. He should be back up later this season.
Wed, Jun 15, 2011 06:48:00 PM

Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Kevin Whelan from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Whelan has been dynamite out of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's bullpen this season, posting a 1.67 ERA and 30/6 K/BB ratio over 27 innings. He'll try to help soften the blow of losing Joba Chamberlain to an elbow injury.
Fri, Jun 10, 2011 03:34:00 PM

Kevin Whelan pitched two scoreless innings Thursday to finish the AFL season with a 2.08 ERA in 17 1/3 innings.

As usual, he battled command problems, walking 14 in 17 1/3 innings. However, he fanned 21 and limited hitters to a .175 average. We'd be surprised to see him go unpicked in the Rule 5 draft after the Yankees chose to leave him unprotected.
Fri, Nov 21, 2008 01:54:00 PM

Kevin Whelan made his season debut Tuesday for Single-A Tampa and pitched two scoreless innings.

Whelan, a product of the Gary Sheffield trade with the Tigers, had been sidelined since the start of the year with a sore elbow. He remains an intriguing relief prospect, but it's not going to happen for him unless he throws more strikes. He had a 96/54 K/BB ratio in 82 1/3 innings last season.
Wed, May 14, 2008 03:07:00 AM

Kevin Whelan pitched five innings and combined with two relievers on a no-hitter for Single-A Tampa on Wednesday.

Whelan was demoted from Double-A last month to become a starter so he could work more on his command. He since has a 1.73 ERA and a 24/10 K/BB ratio in 26 innings. Whelan's long-term future remains in the pen. He has a chance to be a setup man for the Yankees.
Thu, Jul 19, 2007 02:29:00 PM

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