2015 • REDSHIRT SENIOR SEASON: Garnered All-Big Ten Second Team honors • named the Gophers’ Richard “Chief” Siebert Most Valuable Player • also Minnesota’s Paul Molitor Batting Champion with a .328 season average • led the Gophers with a .469 slugging percentage, .380 on base percentage and five home runs • drove in 30 runs and scored 22 • batted a team-high .385 with 15 RBIs and .526 slugging during Big Ten play • played in 48 games over the season, making 45 starts at shortstop • conference batting average ranked sixth, and Big Ten slugging and on-base numbers ranked 15th • overall average ranked 15th in the conference at the end of the regular season • notched a team-high 18 multi-hit games and tied for the lead with seven multi-RBI games • put together a 17-game on-base streak (3/29-4/28) • converted all seven stolen base attempts. Game Highlights: Started the season going 2-for-4 with a run at Houston (2/13) • went 2-for-4 with a run scored at FGCU (2/27) and went 2-for-5 with a run and RBI two days later (3/1) • drove in four runs, including a three-run home run, at Creighton (3/7) • hit 2-for-4 with an RBI and run the next day (3/8) • batted 9-for-15 in the series at Rutgers (4/4-4/5) • went 3-for-5 and 4-for-5 in a doubleheader, with two RBIs in each game and two doubles in the second (4/4) • went 2-for-2 with a home run, double, two RBIs and two runs against Carelton (4/8) • hit 4-for-5 with a home run, double, and four RBIs in a win over Penn State (4/18) • homered against South Dakota State (4/22) • went 2-for-4 with two RBIs against Michigan (4/26) • batted 3-for-5 with a solo home run against Michigan State (4/15).
2014 • REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON: Made 41 starts, 40 at shortstop • hit .261 (.345 on-base and .405 slugging) with 21 RBIs in 153 at-bats • hit for an average of .296 in Big Ten play • slugging percentage of .521 within Big Ten play ranked seventh • had 11 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games • second on the team with three home runs and tied for second with 11 doubles • maintained a .940 fielding percentage in 184 chances • went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk in the series opener vs. Creighton (2/21) • had two hits and a run scored at Sacramento State (3/15) • had two games with four RBIs: went 3-for-5 at St. Mary's (3/18) and hit a grand slam vs. Northwestern (3/22) • homered at Michigan (4/5) • went 4-for-5 with a double against Nebraska (4/11) • hit a home run at Iowa (4/18), and hit 3-for-5 with three doubles in the next game (4/19) • named Big Ten Player of the Week (4/13-20) after hitting 6-for-13 with six RBIs, a home run and four doubles against NDSU and Iowa • was 3-for-5 with two RBIs in a win over Penn State (4/26) • hit 2-for-4 with an RBI double against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament (5/21).
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: 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.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON: 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 • 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).
2011: Red-shirted the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: 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.
PERSONAL: Business and Marketing Education major • son of Randy and Kathy Handel • his dad was a former college teammate of Minnesota Assistant Head Coach Rob Fornasiere at Wisconsin-La Crosse • lists his biggest sports thrill as playing at Wrigley Field • born on July 24, 1991.