Chris is a native from North Kingstown, Rhode Island. He attended North Kingstown High School where he was a three-sport athlete playing Soccer, Basketball & Baseball. During his baseball career at NKHS he helped his team go to the state championship three times and he was named a three-time All-State honoree (’11 ’12 & ’13). Upon Graduating NKHS he attended the University of Rhode Island on a baseball scholarship. In 2015, his Redshirt Freshman year, Chris hit for a .327 Average and he was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All American, A10 All First Team & A10 All-Rookie Team. At the conclusion of his Sophomore season, Chris hit .308 and led the nation in triples. He was named to the A10 All-Second Team & A10 All-Championship Team that year helping URI win the Atlantic 10 tournament and advancing to the South Carolina Regional. In the Regional URI got their first ever win in a NCAA Regional over the University of South Carolina, Chris hit over .400 in the regional. In his Junior season, Chris again hit over .300 with a .347 average and at the conclusion of the year he was named to the A10 All-First Team, A10 All-Championship Team batting .382 going 5 for 13 with 3 homeruns & 2 doubles. Chris was also named the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Division 1 Player of Year as well as the NCBWA District 1 Player of the Year. Chris was also named a Rawlings Third Team All American. After a Stellar Career at the University of Rhode Island Hess was taken in the 2017 first-year player draft in the 17th Round by the New York Yankees. Hess will be giving hitting and fielding lesson throughout the winter before he leaves for spring training with the Yankees at the end of February.