2019 has been a coming out party for Chiefs first baseman Brady Whalen. In his past two seasons in the Cardinals organization, Whalen never hit above .221. But this year, Whalen is batting .275 and has 45 RBI’s, securing a starting spot in the Midwest League All-Star Game.
“It’s been awesome to come out here and have fun and just kind of play with peace this year and play with joy, and the results are the results, and they’ve been good so far,” said Whalen. “This is my third full season. It’s awesome knowing I’m a young guy that’s still developing and still getting better. And showing the organization that they didn’t make a mistake on me.”
Whalen says he’s been working hard to become a complete hitter and a plus-defender at first base. And he has help from a great baseball family. His father Shawn is a scout for Milwaukee, and his brother Seaver also plays in the Midwest League.
“It’s awesome having a very good support system. My dad who works in the game, older brother who played pro ball and a younger brother who is in this league in the Midwest League,” Brady said. “I have a great group of guys who are always there for me to talk about baseball, talk about faith and just keep me on the right path.”
Brady says family is a huge part of his success and playing in the same league as his brother has motivated both of the Whalen’s to continue to get better.
“He texted me because he found out about the All-Star Game and he just said how proud he was of me, and also he said thanks for motivating me,” Brady said. “Because he sees the younger brother do well and he’s doing well too. It’s good that we are always that we are competing with each other, it hasn’t changed since we were five years old.”