9 Michael Handel  
Michael Handel

RS Junior

Sun Prairie, Wis.

High School:
Sun Prairie

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 188





Minnesota Shuts Out Illinois to Solidify Tournament Berth

The Gophers used two pitchers to complete the 2-0 shutout


Gophers Produce Early Runs to Win, 7-3 Over Penn State

Minnesota scored runs in the second, third and fourth to win, 7-3


Gopher Baseball Pounces Nittany Lions, 11-2

Trailing 2-1, Minnesota scored six in the fourth inning for 27th win of the season.


Seventh Annual Golden Goldys Handed Out at TCF Bank Stadium

Athletics and academics were celebrated in Gopher Athletics


Anderson Collects 500th Career Conference Win With Northwestern Sweep

Minnesota sweeps the Wildcats with a 7-1 win to improve to 7-2 in league action


Gophers Rally Past Illini

Minnesota rallied for a 3-2 win over Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Windle, Gophers Beat Texas

Tom Windle struck out a career-high 12 as Minnesota beat Texas 5-1.


Gophers Belt Three Homers

Matt Halloran missed a game-winning home run by inches as the Gophers lost to Omaha 10-9 in 11 innings.


Gophers Drop Mavericks

The Gopher baseball team won its fifth game in a row with a 6-1 triumph over Nebraska Omaha.


Gophers Rally Past Bison

Michael Handel hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie in a 4-2 win at the Metrodome.

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Earned his second letter • played in 52 games, starting all but one • started all of those 51 games at shortstop • batted .245 in 192 at bats with a .673 OPS • set career highs in at bats (192), hits (47), runs (27), RBI (20), doubles (6), triples (2), HR (3), walks (20), and stolen bases (9) • held a .941 fielding percentage at shortstop and lead the team in fielding assists with 168 • 9-10 in stolen base attempts • led the team in stolen bases (9) and stolen base % (.900) for those over 10 attempts • second on the team in runs scored (27), at-bats (192), and walks (20) • led the team in home runs (3) • had 12 multiple hit games and seven multiple RBI games • reached base in the first 10 games of the season (2/15-3/2) including a five game hit streak (2/23-3/2) • in the season opener, went 3-5 with a double, two runs, and two RBI against UCLA (2/15) • set a single game career high with three runs against Nebraska-Omaha (3/13), while going 3-5 with two RBI and a home run • reached base four times against Texas (3/23) • had a season high three RBI in the North Dakota St. game (4/24) • went 4/13 (.308) with three runs, two RBI, 2 BB, and 2 HBP in the series against Iowa (4/26-28) • had a career high three walks in the Milwaukee game (5/8) • had an RBI single against Illinois in an elimination game of the Big Ten Tournament.

All-Big Ten Freshman Team• Played in 49 games, including 45 as a starter • started in 35 straight games until he suffered a shoulder injury • letterwinner • moved from shortstop to second for the remainder of the season • as a starting infielder, held a fielding percentage of .970 with 67 putouts and ranked second on the team with 126 assists • batted .265 in 155 at bats and 12 RBI • produced two home runs, one triple, three doubles and 52 total bases • tied a team-high 18 walks and eight steals • had 11 multiple-hit games • made his collegiate debut and earned his first collegiate hit in the 7-3 win against Louisville (2/17) • hit a home run and went 2-4 with a run scored against Nebraska (3/4) • went 5-11 in the Cal Poly series when he had two multiple-hit games (3/17-19) • went 2-3 in the 3-0 win over The Citadel (3/24) • held a career-high game when he went 4-4 with four stolen bases, a walk and three runs scored against South Dakota State (3/28) • was 4-11 in the Michigan series (3/30-4/1) • went 2-5 in the 4-3 Iowa win (4/29) • hit his second home run of the season in the home series finale win over Penn State (5/6).

Red-shirted the season.

Graduated from Sun Prairie High School • was coached by Rob Hamilton and Peter Gumina • named All-State and All-Area in 2009 and 2010, and received First-Team All-Conference honors in the same years and second-team honors in 2008 • four-year letterwinner in baseball and was a three-year letterwinner in basketball • helped lead his team to a conference title in his senior season, as he batted .429 with 27 runs, 17 stolen bases, nine doubles and 25 RBI in his senior season • also played in the 2008 & 2009 World Wood Bat National Tournament in Georgia and Jupiter, Fla.

Son of Randy and Kathy Handel • his dad was a former college teammate of Minnesota Assistant Head Coach Rob Fornasiere at Wisconsin-La Crosse • major is undecided • lists his biggest sports thrill as playing at Wrigley Field • born on July 24, 1991.