Virginia Cavaliers Baseball Best Players of All Time

Kevin Smith

The University of Virginia Cavaliers baseball team has established itself as a powerhouse in college baseball since its inception in 1889. With five appearances in the College World Series, including a championship in 2015, the Cavaliers have become a force to be reckoned with in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Under the guidance of head coach Brian O’Connor, the team plays at Davenport Field, where the team’s loyal fans come out in droves to cheer them on. The Cavaliers have a long and proud history of success, and are always looking to add to their trophy case.

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1. Matt Thaiss

Infielder

Matt Thaiss

Matt Thaiss is a catcher for the Los Angeles Angels. He was drafted by them in the third round of the 2013 MLB draft. In 2018, he had a breakout year, hitting .270 with 13 home runs and 63 RBIs.

Thaiss has shown great power at every level of baseball, including batting .363 with 18 home runs and 71 RBIs as a junior at Jackson Catholic High School in 2014. 

Despite his impressive offensive numbers, Thaiss is known more for his defensive abilities behind the plate than anything else; he won AL Platinum Glove Awards back-to-back with Detroit Tigers' catchers Alex Avila (2015) and Francisco Liriano (2016).

After signing an extension with the Angels in early 2019 that will keep him through 2024, Matt plans to retire as an Angel after this season Matt Thaiss made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2019. He batted .205 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs through 62 games this season. 

The 26-year-old is a lefty hitter who was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2013 but traded to the Angels ahead of the 2016 season. Thaiss has experience playing both first base and outfield, so he could see time at either spot for Los Angeles next year if they decide to keep him on their roster following Spring Training.

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2. Josh Sborz

Pitcher

Josh Sborz

Josh Sborz was drafted in the third round of the 2012 amateur draft by the Washington Nationals. He made his professional debut with short-season Vermont in 2014 and pitched to a 2.30 ERA before being called up to Class A Hagerstown that summer.

In 2015, he had an 8-4 record with a 3.02 ERA in 20 starts between Hagerstown and Double-A Harrisburg, earning him a promotion to Triple-A Syracuse late in the season.

Where he finished 9-5 with a 3.28 ERA over 18 starts en route to being named Eastern League Pitcher of The Year Award recipient for 2016...

Sborz spent all of 2017 pitching for Texas across four different levels (High Single A Hickory, Low Single A Myrtle Beach, High AA Frisco, MLB) but struggled mightily posting an 11 - 21 record with 4 complete games and 5 saves while averaging 6 innings per start.

Round Rock as part of their major league roster out of spring training 2018 and has been successful posting an 0 – 1 record with 1 save while averaging 7 innings per start

Also Played For: texas rangers, oklahoma city dodgers

3. Eppa Rixey

Eppa Rixey Career

  • NL wins leader (1922), Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame

Eppa Rixey was born in Culpeper, Virginia on May 3rd, 1891. He made his MLB debut for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1912 and played for them until 1933. In 1922 he led the National League with a 1.92 ERA and won the MVP Award that year.

After retiring from baseball, Rixey worked as a sportswriter and served as president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America from 1951 to 1952. 

Eppa passed away on February 28th, 1963 at the age of 71 after a long battle with cancer Eppa Rixey was a pitcher in the early days of baseball.

He played for three different teams over the course of his career, and is mostly remembered for leading the NL in wins twice. Eppa also had a reputation as one of the best strikeout pitchers of his era, and finished with 1,350 total strikeouts during his career. 

After retiring from playing ball, Eppa worked as a coach for several years before passing away in 1963 at the age of 73 years old.

Also Played For: cincinnati reds

4. Mark Reynolds

Infielder

Mark Reynolds

Reynolds was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 6th round of the 2004 MLB Draft. Reynolds made his MLB debut with Arizona in 2007 and played for them until he was traded to Colorado in 2019.

Reynolds is a third baseman and first baseman, but has also played center field on occasion. Injuries have been an issue for Reynolds throughout his career - most notably a torn ACL that forced him to miss almost all of 2009 season - but he has bounced back each time.

Reynolds has hit .236/.328/.473 with 139 home runs and 723 RBIs in 975 games over 17 seasons in the majors, making him one of Colorado's all-time great hitters (he ranks second behind only Nolan Arenado). 

Reynolds has played for six different teams in his career, but is most notably associated with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Reynolds enjoyed a successful run in Arizona, ranking fifth all time in home runs and sixth overall in RBIs while playing on their team from 2007-2010. After being traded to Baltimore Orioles midway through the 2011 season, Reynolds struggled mightily and was released after just two seasons with the club. 

He bounced back quickly however, signing with Cleveland Indians where he spent three productive seasons before joining New York Yankees following another trade during the 2013 offseason.

With an average of over 30 homers per season throughout his career, Reynolds currently holds five of MLB's fifteen longest homer streaks (2012-2017). 

Known for his powerful swing that generates plenty of long balls each year - sometimes to controversial effect - Reynolds remains one of baseball's biggest attractions regardless of which team he plays for next season or beyond.

Also Played For: arizona diamondbacks

5. Pavin Smith

Outfielder

Pavin Smith

Pavin Smith is a 26-year-old first baseman and right fielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

In 2017, he hit .269 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs in 137 games played for the Virginia Cavaliers of Division I college baseball.

 Smith has also played in minor league baseball, including appearances with both the Reno Aces (Arizona's AAA affiliate) and Salt Lake Bees (Utah's AA affiliate).

As an amateur player, Smith competed on USA Baseball's U18 national team that won a silver medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Canada, as well as playing on Team USA at various youth international tournamentsincluding.

The Home Depot Cup where they finished 4th overall in 2015 tournament play behind Cuba, Japan and Australia while posting a 12-1 record against other top American teams such as Team

 Gold from San Diego State University and East Carolina University which featured future major leaguers Austin Meadows (Cincinnati Reds), Cody Bellinger(Los Angeles Dodgers), Joc Pederson(LA Angels)and Stephen Piscotty(St Louis Cardinals).

At 6'0" tall and 220 pounds he is considered to be one of if not THE most physically imposing hitters/infielders available in today's professional game.

A true power hitter who uses all fields equally well to produce hits rather than relying exclusively on pull shots or ground balls into short left field which are typically easier plays than hitting through ball parks like Fenway Park or Wrigley Field.

Where distances between bases can create tougher angles for batted balls to travel thus resulting less opportunity for easy singles when batting second or third base instead of first base.

6. Ryan Zimmerman

Third baseman

Ryan Zimmerman Career

  • 2× All-Star (2009, 2017), World Series champion (2019), Gold Glove Award (2009), 2× Silver Slugger Award (2009, 2010), Washington Nationals No. 11 retired

Ryan Zimmerman is a third baseman and first baseman for the Washington Nationals. He made his MLB debut in 2005 with the team and has since played until 2021.

Zimmerman has been a consistent performer, batting over .300 each season and hitting 284 home runs in total. His best year came in 2016 when he hit 24 home runs and drove in 97 RBIs to lead the Nationals to their first National League East title since 2006.

Zimmerman was voted into his fourth All-Star game this year but did not play due to injury; he will now return as an alternate starter for 2020's game at PETCO Park in San Diego on July 10th Ryan Zimmerman is a five-time all-star and two time world champion with the Washington Nationals.

Ryan Zimmerman won a Gold Glove award in 2009 and was also named to the Silver Slugger team that same year. Zimmerman made his first big league start on April 6, 2005 against the Atlanta Braves and has since played for Washington for nine seasons (2005-2019). 

In 2019, Ryan Zimmerman helped lead the Nationals to their first ever World Series title after defeating the Boston Red Sox in six games. 

After spending his entire career with one team, Zimmermann retired as a National at season's end in 2019 after playing 901 games over 13 seasons with Washington (2005–2019).

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7. Danny Hultzen

Tacoma Rainiers

Danny Hultzen

Danny Hultzen is a left-handed pitcher who played for the University of Virginia in 2009. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the first round of the 2010 MLB draft and made his major league debut with them that year.

In 2013, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox and finished fourth in AL Cy Young voting that season. He signed with the Houston Astros as a free agent in 2017 and had an outstanding season, leading all American League pitchers in win percentage (.827).

In 2019, he was traded back to Seattle where he pitched until being released at the end of September 2020 Danny Hultzen was selected in the first round of the MLB draft by the Seattle.

 Mariners back in 2012. After spending two seasons with the Mariners minor league system, he made his debut for their Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma at just 19 years old.

He started 2016 with Seattle but got traded to Houston midway through that season and then spent all of 2017 pitching for their Double.

A affiliate Corpus Christi before being called up to make his Major League debut with Seattle towards the end of 2018. In 2019, he pitched for Chicago Cubs where he posted a 0–0 record, ERA of 0 and 5 strikeouts over 2 appearances (1 start).

The 23 year old is currently a free agent and has yet to announce any plans about his future career path.

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8. John Hicks

Texas Rangers

John Hicks

John Hicks made his MLB debut with the Phillies in 2013. He has since played for the Tigers, Red Sox and Yankees, accumulating a .259 batting average over those years.

He was an All-Star in 2017 after hitting 23 home runs and driving in 85 runs. In 2018, he batted just .202 but still managed to hit 12 home runs and drive in 37 RBIs while appearing at all three outfield positions (left field, center field and right field).

Hicks is currently a free agent after being released by the Yankees earlier this month Hicks was drafted in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft by the Seattle Mariners. Hicks made his professional debut with the Mariners' rookie affiliate, the RSL Tigers, in August of that year.

He appeared in 94 games for Seattle's main team over two seasons before being traded to Detroit midway through 2019 season. In total, Hicks has played 266 games across three organizations and has hit .236 with 32 home runs and 97 RBIs on the field. 

Hicks is considered a key player for both Seattle and Detroit heading into 2021 as he looks to solidify himself as an everyday starter at any level of baseball he plays at moving forward.

9. Nate Savino

Savino was drafted in the first round, 16th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2018 MLB Draft. Savino is a right-handed pitcher and he pitched for Mission Viejo High School as a freshman before transferring to Santiago Canyon College where he completed his sophomore year.

In his junior and senior seasons at Santiago Canyon College, Savino posted an impressive 0.77 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 41 innings pitched while also hitting .

305 with 10 home runs and 59 RBIs in those two seasons combined. After being selected by the Diamondbacks, Savino went on to pitch for Team USA during the summer of 2018 and he made three starts for them including one against Cuba at Madison Square Garden which he won 4-1 despite giving up six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings pitched.

As of 2019, Nate Savino is still waiting to make his major league debut but has already shown that he has all of the ingredients needed to be successful when given an opportunity; if everything goes according to plan then we could see him take advantage of that chance sooner rather than later.

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10. Brandon Waddell

Brandon Waddell Career

  • Win–loss record: 0–1
  • Earned run average: 5.68
  • Strikeouts: 9
  • Win–loss record: 5-3
  • Earned run average: 3.60
  • Strikeouts: 40

Brandon Waddell is a pitcher in the MLB and KBO. Brandon was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 3rd round of the 2016 MLB Draft after playing collegiately at Rice University.

In 2020, he made his MLB debut with the Pirates and pitched 4 innings without allowing a run or hit. His first professional season saw him pitch for both Bradenton Marauders (A+), where he went 9-5 with a 2.60 ERA in 24 starts, and Doosan Bears (KBO), where he finished 7-6 with an ERA of 2.98 over 16 starts.

He spent most of 2019 with Triple A Indianapolis Indians before being called up to Pittsburgh on August 14th . After pitching 1 inning, Waddell was optioned back down to Indy. but not before tossing an immaculate 8th inning against Atlanta Braves ace Max Fried that clinched a victory. 

In 2020, Brandon had another successful year as a starting pitcher going 10-8 w/a 3.45ERA between AA Altoona Curve & AAA Indianapolis Indians.

earning himself promotion back up to Pittsburgh on July 25th. Although his numbers have decreased this season (10-11) due to injuries sustained while pitching through them.

Brandon has shown flashes of brilliance when healthy which could lead him back into contention for valuable playoff spots come October.

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11. Alec Bettinger

Alec Bettinger is a free agent pitcher who is available to sign with any team. Alec Bettinger was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the second round of the 2013 draft.

Alec Bettinger made his professional debut in the minor leagues in 2015. Alec Bettinger has a 3.64 ERA in 107 innings pitched in the minors. Alec Bettinger is considered to be a strong strikeout pitcher.

Alec Bettinger is projected to make an impact in the majors. Alec Bettinger is a 27-year-old pitcher who is still young and has a lot of potential. Alec Bettinger is a versatile pitcher who can pitch in a variety of innings.

Alec Bettinger is a player to watch in the upcoming season. Alec Bettinger made his MLB debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2021. Alec Bettinger has a win-loss record of 0-1 in his debut season. Alec Bettinger has a earned run average of 13.50 in his first MLB season.

Alec Bettinger has struck out 5 batters in his first MLB season. Alec Bettinger is currently playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.

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12. Sean Doolittle

Oakland Athletics

Sean Doolittle Career

  • 2× All-Star (2014, 2018), World Series champion (2019)

Doolittle burst onto the baseball scene in 2012 with the Oakland Athletics, posting a record of 26-24 with an ERA of 3.20. Sean Doolittle is a left-handed pitcher who throws with a quick arm.

Sean Doolittle has a reputation as a postseason ace, having led the Oakland Athletics to the ALCS in 2014 and the World Series in 2016. Sean Doolittle is a three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner.

In 2022, Sean Doolittle will be a free agent and is expected to receive significant interest from multiple teams. Sean Doolittle is a fan favorite and is highly respected by his peers. Sean Doolittle is a three-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion with the Oakland Athletics.

He has also won a gold medal with the United States men's baseball team at the World University Championship. Doolittle attended Clemson University, where he played for the Clemson Tigers baseball team. He was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team as a senior in 2006. 

Doolittle was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the third round of the 2006 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut with the Athletics in 2008. Doolittle was traded to the Washington Nationals in December of 2017.  He went on to win the World Series with the Nationals in 2019. 

Doolittle has a career ERA of 3.81 and has averaged more than 10 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. Doolittle was named to the 2019 All-Star team, becoming the first player in Nationals history to make multiple All-Star teams.

Doolittle has been involved in charitable work with the Special Olympics Canada. Doolittle and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters. Doolittle is a native of Mobile, Alabama.

13. Adam Haseley

Chicago White Sox

Adam Haseley

Adam Haseley is an outfielder for the Chicago White Sox. Haseley was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft. Haseley made his MLB debut with the Phillies on June 4, 2019.

Haseley has split time between the Phillies and White Sox throughout the 2019 season. Haseley has a batting average of .269 with six home runs and 34 RBIs in 134 games played in 2019. Haseley is a left-handed hitter and throws left-handed.

Haseley is a native of Orlando, Florida. Haseley is a versatile player who can play both in the outfield and at first base. Haseley is a young player with a lot of potential. He is looking to develop his skills and continue to improve in his career.

Adam Haseley is a 23-year-old first baseman who is currently playing for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was drafted in the second round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Haseley has spent most of his career playing for the Phillies and has been a mainstay in their lineup.

He has played in over 200 games in each of the last three seasons, and has hit over 20 home runs each of those years. Haseley is a well-rounded player who can hit for average, power, and speed. He is a good baserunner and has stolen over 30 bases in each of the last three seasons.

Haseley is a leader on the field and is known for his hustle. He has been voted to the All-Star team twice and has won a Gold Glove Award. Haseley is signed through 2022 and is expected to be a key part of the Phillies' lineup for years to come.

14. Bennett Sousa

Bennett Sousa is a left-handed pitcher for the Chicago White Sox. He was drafted by the White Sox in the 4th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. He made his major league debut in 2017.

In his debut, he pitched 2 innings, allowing one run on three hits. In 2018, Sousa was named to the American League All-Star team. He pitched 2 innings, allowing one run on two hits.

Sousa is a strikeout pitcher, with a 2.27 ERA in 2018. He is eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2019. Sousa is from North Palm Beach, Florida. He is married. His parents are from Brazil.

Sousa has a degree in business administration from the University of Florida. Bennett Sousa made his MLB debut for the Chicago White Sox in April of 2022. He has had a successful career thus far, winning 3 games with an ERA of 8.41 and 12 strikeouts.

Bennett Sousa is a native of the United States, and he will continue to play for the Chicago White Sox for the foreseeable future.

15. Zack Gelof

Zack Gelof was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Gelof is a third baseman who primarily bats left-handed. In his first professional season, Gelof batted .286 with 12 home runs and 58 RBI in 126 games.

In his second professional season, Gelof batted .314 with 23 home runs and 97 RBI in 132 games. Gelof is a young player with a lot of potential. He is expected to play a big role for the Athletics in the future. Gelof is a hard-working player who is always looking to improve his skills.

He is a great role model for young players. Gelof is a talented player who is capable of doing great things in the future. He is a driven player who is always looking to achieve his goals. 

Zack Gelof is a right-handed pitcher with great control and a strong throwing arm. Zack Gelof has excelled at both the high school and college levels, and is now looking to make an impact in the Major Leagues.

Zack Gelof has a knack for pitching in tight games, and is poised to become a key member of any team that drafts him. Zack Gelof is a hard-working individual who is always looking to improve his game. 

Zack Gelof is a dedicated pitcher who is always looking to give his all on the field. Zack Gelof is a talented pitcher who is poised to make an impact on the Major League level soon. Zack Gelof is a valuable asset to any team, and is sure to make a name for himself in the MLB.

Zack Gelof is a proven pitcher who is ready to take the next step in his career. Zack Gelof is a talented pitcher who is sure to make a big impact in the MLB.

16. Ernie Clement

Ernie Clement

Ernie Clement is a 26-year-old utility player for the Oakland Athletics. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the fifth round of the 2016 MLB draft.

He was originally signed by the Minnesota Twins as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Clement has played in 141 games over three seasons in the minor leagues, batting .284 with 20 home runs and 73 RBI.

Clement made his MLB debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2017. He played in 47 games, batting .247 with one home run and six RBI. Clement spent the 2018 season with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, batting .259 with 17 home runs and 59 RBI.

In 2019, Clement had a breakout season with the Oakland Athletics. He batted .280 with 25 home runs and 82 RBI in 136 games. Clement is a left-handed batter and throws right-handed. He is considered a versatile player who can play all three outfield positions and first base.

Clement is a fan favorite with the Athletics, and fans are eagerly awaiting his return in 2020. Clement is a hard-working player who is always hustling, and he is looking to take his game to the next level in 2020.

17. Philip Gosselin

Arizona Diamondbacks

Philip Gosselin

Gosselin was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 7th round of the 2006 amateur draft. 

He made his MLB debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2013. Gosselin has played in parts of 5 seasons in the MLB, with the Diamondbacks, Braves, Phillies, Brewers and Diamondbacks again.

Gosselin has played mainly at first base and utility infielder. Gosselin is currently a free agent. Gosselin has a slash line of .232/.284/.

357 in his MLB career. Gosselin is married with two children. Gosselin is a utility infielder who is likely to retire after the 2017 season.

Gosselin had a very successful minor-league career, where he hit for a high batting average and home run total. 

Gosselin made his big-league debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2013 and hit for a batting average of .254 and 17 home runs. Gosselin played for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2015 to 2016 and had a batting average of .260 and 102 runs batted in.

Gosselin was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2017 and hit for a batting average of .281 and 58 runs batted in. Gosselin signed with the Texas Rangers in 2017 and played for them until 2018.

 Gosselin signed with the Cincinnati Reds in 2018 and hit for a batting average of .265 and 79 runs batted in. Gosselin played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2019 to 2020 and had a batting average of .287 and 55 runs batted in.

Gosselin signed with the Los Angeles Angels in 2021 and hit for a batting average of .269 and 41 runs batted in. Gosselin will play for the Atlanta Braves in 2022 and hit for a batting average of .254 and 17 home runs.

18. Derek Fisher

Virginia Cavaliers baseball

Derek Fisher Career

  • World Series champion (2017)

Derek Fisher is a 29-year-old outfielder who played for the Houston Astros in 2017. Fisher was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft.

He made his MLB debut with the Astros in 2017. Fisher has a batting average of .194 with one home run and six RBI in 49 games played. Fisher is a left-handed hitter and throws right-handed.

Derek Fisher was a two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers. Fisher also won a gold medal with the U.S. men's national basketball team at the 2004 Olympics. After playing in the NBA for 12 seasons, Fisher became a head coach for the New York Knicks in early 2019.

Fisher's first season as head coach was a disaster, as the Knicks finished with the worst record in the league. 

However, under Fisher's leadership the Knicks began to improve in the second half of the season, and he was eventually given the job full time. In his first full season as head coach, Fisher led the Knicks to their first playoff appearance since 2012.

The Knicks eventually lost to the Boston Celtics in the first round, but Fisher was praised for his handling of the team. 

Fisher is currently a free agent and has not been offered a new contract by the Knicks. Fisher is a well-respected basketball coach and is considered to be one of the best in the business.

19. Joe Koshansky

Colorado Rockies

Joe Koshansky

Joe Koshansky made his MLB debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2006. He was traded to the Nashville Sounds in 2010 and played for them until he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 2013.

Koshansky has also played for the Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox. He was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Tigers in 2016. Koshansky is a two-time All-Star and has won two Gold Gloves.

He is married to fellow MLB player, Jennie Finch. Koshansky was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He has two sons, Caden and Ryder. Koshansky is a Switch hitter. Joe Koshansky made his MLB debut with the Colorado Rockies in 2007 and played for them until 2008.

Koshansky had a difficult time in the MLB, batting only .180 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI in 68 games. After his time in the MLB, Koshansky played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Rays. Koshansky has since retired from professional baseball.

20. Brian Buchanan

Brian Buchanan

Buchanan spent the majority of his playing career in the MLB with the Minnesota Twins and the New York Mets. He spent two seasons as hitting coach for the Omaha Storm Chasers in the PCL in 2018.

Buchanan is originally from Miami, Florida. He bats and throws right. Buchanan has had a successful coaching career, most notably serving as hitting coach for the Minnesota Twins from 2010-2014 and the New York Mets from 2004-2007.

Buchanan is a three-time All-Star and has won a Silver Slugger Award. He currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Brian Buchanan was a successful player both in the MLB and NPB. He played for the Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, and New York Mets from 2000 to 2002.

He then had a successful coaching career, most notably with the Kansas City Royals in 2017. Brian Buchanan is a very intelligent and knowledgable player, coach, and person.

21. Connor Jones

Connor Jones

Connor Jones was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 8th round of the 2016 MLB draft. Jones spent the 2016 season with the State College Spikes of the Class-A Midwest League.

Jones hit .268 with five home runs and 27 RBI in 66 games. Jones was named to the All-Star Futures Game and to the Midwest League All-Star Team. Jones was drafted by the White Sox in the 8th round of the 2016 MLB draft.

Jones is a free agent and is currently unsigned. Jones is a left-handed hitter and has played both first and third base. Jones is considered to have a high ceiling and is considered to have great potential. Jones is expected to be a top-tier prospect in the future.

Connor Jones is a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. Connor Jones was drafted by the Tigers in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft. 

Connor Jones made his debut with the Tigers in 2016. Connor Jones has a 2.52 ERA in 204.1 innings pitched in the majors. Connor Jones has a 3.71 ERA in 236.1 innings pitched in the minors.

Connor Jones has a 65-47 record in nine seasons in the majors. Connor Jones is a left-handed pitcher. Connor Jones has a 3.61 ERA in relief appearances. Connor Jones is an arbitration eligible player for the 2019 season.

22. Nick Howard

Nick Howard

Nick Howard is a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. Howard was drafted by the Reds in the 5th round of the 2009 draft. He made his debut in 2011. Howard has a career record of 14-14 with a 3.85 ERA.

He has also thrown in 211 innings and has struck out 203 batters. Howard has been nominated for the 2014 NL Cy Young Award. He is also a member of the Reds' All-Star team. Howard is married and has two children.

Nick Howard is an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers. Howard was drafted by the Tigers in the second round of the 2011 MLB Draft. Howard made his MLB debut in 2013. In 2017, Howard led the Tigers with 153 hits. Howard is a two-time All-Star.

Howard has a .290 batting average and 383 hits in 442 career MLB games. Howard is a member of the United States National Team. Howard is a fan favorite in Detroit. Howard is married to former Miss North Carolina, Jenna Howard.

23. Brandon Guyer

Tampa Bay Rays

Brandon Guyer Career

  • Hit a home run in first major league at-bat

Brandon Guyer made his MLB debut in 2011 for the Tampa Bay Rays. He spent six seasons with the Rays before being traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2016.

Guyer was a key member of the Cleveland team that made it to the World Series in 2016. He hit .259 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 89 games during the 2016 season.

Guyer is a right-handed batter and thrower. He is currently a free agent and has not been signed by a new team for the 2017 season. Brandon Guyer is a versatile outfielder who can hit for average and power.

He is likely to be a free agent again in the near future, so fans will need to keep an eye on him. Brandon Guyer is a veteran player who has experience in the MLB playoffs, so he could be a valuable asset for any team.

Brandon Guyer was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2011 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut with the Rays in 2011 and played with them for two seasons. In 2012, Guyer was traded to the Cleveland Indians and played with them for three seasons.

In 2016, Guyer was traded to the Rays again and played with them for two seasons. He was then traded to the Indians again in 2018 and played with them until his final MLB appearance. In total, Guyer played in 97 games in the MLB and had a batting average of .250 and 32 home runs.

Brandon Guyer is now a free agent and has not been signed by any team for the 2019 MLB season.

24. Kyle Crockett

Cleveland Guardians

Kyle Crockett made his MLB debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2014. Crockett has a career record of 4-3 with a 3.12 ERA in 26 career appearances, including 24 starts.

Crockett is a relief pitcher, and specializes in striking out hitters. Crockett is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he played for the Cavaliers baseball team.

Crockett is married and has two children. Kyle Crockett is a relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. He is 5-1 with a 3.74 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 73 innings. Crockett was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 18th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.

He made his MLB debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2017. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2018. Crockett has a 0.00 ERA in his last two appearances. Crockett is from Clay, Oklahoma. He has a degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University.

Crockett is in his fourth season with the Reds.

25. Seth Greisinger

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seth Greisinger Career

  • 2× Central League Wins Champion (2007, 2008), Central League Best Nine Award (2008), NPB All-Star (2007)

Seth Greisinger is a former pitcher who played in the MLB for the Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves. Greisinger had a win-loss record of 10-16 and an earned run average of 5.51 in his MLB career.

Greisinger played in Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines in 2013 and was a part of the team's NPB championship. Greisinger is now a pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Seth Greisinger was signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1998 and played for the team until 2002.

Greisinger had a successful career in Japan, where he played for the Kia Tigers from 2005 to 2006, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows from 2007 to 2011, and the Chiba Lotte Marines from 2012 to 2013. Greisinger was a two-time Central League Wins Champion and Central League Best Nine Award winner.

Greisinger currently resides in the United States and is a coach for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team. Seth Greisinger is a valuable asset to any baseball team, and he is sure to have a successful future.

26. David Adams

New York Yankees

David Adams

Adams was drafted by the Yankees in the 3rd round of the 2007 MLB Draft. Adams made his MLB debut in 2012 with the Yankees, and has since played for the Orioles, Blue Jays, Cardinals, and Giants.

Adams has been a consistent contributor at the plate, batting .285 with 138 home runs and 598 RBI in 1,278 games. Adams has also been a valuable contributor on the mound, going 204-178 with a 3.59 ERA in 527 games.

Adams has been an important part of several Yankees playoff teams, and was part of the team that won the 2017 World Series. Adams is a two-time Gold Glover and three-time Silver Slugger. Adams is a native of Margate, Florida, and is married to wife, Ashley.

Adams is a longtime fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Florida Gators. Adams is a member of the MLBPA and the New York Yankees Alumni Association.

27. Hank Foiles

Hank Foiles Career

  • All-Star (1957)

Hank Foiles was a catcher for 15 seasons in the MLB, playing for the Cincinnati Redlegs, Los Angeles Angels, and Baltimore Orioles. He batted .243 with 46 home runs in his career.

Foiles was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. He was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1929. Foiles played his entire career before the age of 30 and is the oldest player in MLB history to hit a home run.

Foiles retired after the 1964 season and later died in 2005 at the age of 93. Hank Foiles was a prolific run producer for many teams in a career spanning over 20 years. Foiles was a member of the 1954 and 1955 World Champion Cleveland Indians and played on their 1955 and 1956 World Series teams.

Foiles played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1956 to 1959 and the Kansas City Athletics from 1960 to 1962. Foiles was traded to the Reds in 1962 and played for them until 1963. Foiles was traded to the Angels in 1964 and played for them until 1966. Foiles played for the Reds again from 1967 to 1969.

Foiles played for the Orioles from 1970 to 1971. Foiles played for the Tigers from 1972 to 1975. Foiles finished his career with the Reds in 1976.

28. Michael Schwimer

Philadelphia Phillies

Michael Schwimer

Schwimer was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 3rd round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He has played in the MLB for the Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Schwimer has a career ERA of 3.74. Schwimer has made two All-Star teams and has won two Gold Gloves. Schwimer is a four-time winner of the National League Cy Young Award.

Schwimer has a career record of 192-144. Schwimer retired after the 2016 season. Schwimer is married and has two children. Schwimer is a philanthropist and has donated money to a number of charities.

Michael Schwimer made his MLB debut with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011. Schwimer was a key part of the Phillies bullpen in 2012, posting a 4.62 ERA in 52 appearances. Schwimer is now a free agent and is likely to pursue opportunities in other leagues.

Schwimer is a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher with a bright future in the MLB. Schwimer is a great pickup for any team looking for bullpen help. Michael Schwimer is a pitcher to watch in the upcoming season. Michael Schwimer is a pitcher to watch in the coming years.

Michael Schwimer is a pitcher to keep an eye on in the MLB. Michael Schwimer is an up-and-coming pitcher in the MLB.

29. Javier López

San Francisco Giants

Javier López Career

  • 4× World Series champion (2007, 2010, 2012, 2014)

Javier López was a dominant pitcher in his MLB career, winning three World Series titles with the San Francisco Giants. López was signed by the Colorado Rockies as an amateur free agent in 2003.

He made his MLB debut on April 1, 2003 and went on to pitch for the Rockies for 10 seasons. López was traded to the San Francisco Giants in December 2014 and ended his MLB career with the team in 2016.

López holds the record for the most complete games in a career (65). He is a two-time National League All-Star and a two-time recipient of the NL Cy Young Award. López is a member of the Puerto Rican national team and played in the 2006 and 2010 World Baseball Championships.

López is married and has two children. Javier López was announced as the new manager of the Giants' Class-A affiliate, the San Jose Giants, on October 9, 2018.

30. Artie Lewicki

Detroit Tigers

Lewicki was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 5th round of the 2011 MLB Draft. Lewicki made his MLB debut with the Detroit Tigers in 2017. He went 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in 5 games.

Lewicki played in the Korea Baseball Organization with the SSG Landers in 2021. He went 5-5 with a 2.87 ERA in 18 games. Lewicki is a right-handed pitcher. Lewicki is considered to be a potential bullpen arm.

Lewicki was born in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Lewicki is a free agent. Lewicki is 30 years old. Lewicki is expected to return to the MLB in 2021. Artie Lewicki is a starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. Lewicki has a win-loss record of 0-3 in KBO competition.

Lewicki's earned run average is 5.16 in the KBO. Lewicki has struck out 41 batters in 41 innings pitched in the KBO. Lewicki is expected to join the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2020. Lewicki is a right-handed pitcher. Lewicki was born on October 8, 1990 in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Lewicki is 25 years old. Lewicki is a member of the United States national baseball team.

31. Jarrett Parker

San Francisco Giants

Jarrett Parker

Jarrett Parker was born on January 1, 1989 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia, where he played for the Cavaliers. 

He was drafted by the San Jose Giants in the second round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

He made his MLB debut with the Giants in 2013. He was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016. He was traded to the Texas Rangers in 2017. 

He signed with the Giants as a free agent in 2018. He is currently with the Giants. Jarrett Parker made his MLB debut with the San Francisco Giants in 2015.

Parker had a breakout season in 2017, hitting .249 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs. In 2019, Parker was traded to the Los Angeles Angels, where he finished the season. 

Parker has a batting average of .249 and 15 home runs in his MLB career. Parker is currently a free agent and is looking to continue his career in the future.

Parker is a talented player and has a bright future in the MLB. Parker is a hard-working player who is always looking to improve his game. 

Parker is a versatile player who can play both in the field and at the plate. Parker is a valuable member of any team, and he will continue to be a star in the future.

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32. Tyler Wilson

Baltimore Orioles

Tyler Wilson

Tyler Wilson is a pitcher who has spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles. Wilson made his MLB debut in 2015 and has been a regular in the rotation since.

Wilson is known for his durability, having started over 200 games in his career. Wilson is a ground-ball pitcher who relies on his defense to help him get hitters out.

Wilson is one of the most successful pitchers in Baltimore history, with a record of 106-58 in his career. Wilson is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and is likely to be replaced by Dylan Bundy in the Orioles' rotation.

Wilson is a popular member of the team and is known for his upbeat personality and willingness to help teammates. Wilson is a two-time American League Eastern Division champion with the Orioles. Wilson is an all-around pitcher who is known for his strong work ethic and ability to stay in the game.

33. Branden Kline

Baltimore Orioles

Branden Kline made his MLB debut in 2016 with the Washington Nationals. He previously played in the minor leagues with the Baltimore Orioles, the Texas Rangers, and the Nationals.

Kline has a fastball that ranges from 84-88 mph and a slider that can be as slow as 71 mph. Kline has a 4.17 ERA in 240 innings pitched in the MLB. He has also had success in the minors, where he has a 2.52 ERA in 468 innings.

Kline is known for his work ethic, and he is often seen in the bullpen pitching multiple innings. He is a free agent after the 2018 season. Kline is married and has two children. Branden Kline is a starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.

Kline has been successful in the MLB, posting a record of 1–4 and an ERA of 5.48. Kline is known for his pitching ability and his strikeouts. Kline is set to make his MLB debut in September 2020. Kline is a young pitcher with a lot of potential.

Kline is a hard-working player who is always looking to improve his game. Kline is a loyal player who has a lot of respect for his teammates. 

Kline is a talented pitcher who is looking to continue his success in the MLB. Kline is an exciting player to watch, and he is sure to make a big impact in the MLB.

34. Joe Hicks

Joe Hicks

Joe Hicks was an outfielder for the Chicago White Sox from 1959 to 1966. He was a vital part of the White Sox' early success, and won a World Series with the team in 1965.

Hicks was a below-average hitter, but was a powerful and accurate thrower. He retired after the 1966 season, and moved to Florida. Hicks passed away on February 10, 2019 at the age of 89.

Joe Hicks was a versatile player who could play all over the infield and in the outfield. Hicks was signed by the White Sox as an amateur free agent in 1959 and played for them for two seasons before being traded to the Senators.

In 1961, Hicks was traded to the Mets and played with them for three seasons. Hicks was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1967 draft but did not sign. 

Hicks played for the Mets for one final season in 1963. Hicks had a successful career in the Major Leagues, playing for the Mets, White Sox, and Senators.

Hicks was a good fielder who was able to make plays all over the field. Hicks was a hitter who was able to hit for a low batting average but also hit some home runs. Hicks retired after the 1963 season and is now a coach for the Mets.

35. Mike Cubbage

Mike Cubbage

Cubbage played for the Texas Rangers from 1974-1981. He was a consistent third baseman, batting over .260 with 34 home runs. Cubbage was also a good fielder, earning three Gold Gloves.

After playing in the majors for over 20 years, Cubbage retired in 1981. Cubbage later became a manager in the minor leagues. He is currently the manager of the independent Lancaster Barnstormers.

Cubbage is a four-time winner of the Texas League Manager of the Year Award. Cubbage was inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in 1998. 

He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a talented player who was able to hit for both power and average.

He was also able to play all three outfield positions. He had a successful coaching career, most notably with the Mets. He retired in 2003 after spending a decade with the Red Sox. He is currently a coach with the Astros.

36. Pat Daneker

Daneker was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1976. He played baseball at the collegiate level at the University of South Carolina. Daneker was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 7th round of the 1998 MLB draft.

He made his MLB debut with the Cubs in 2000. Daneker was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2003. He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 2006. Daneker was released by the Orioles in 2007. He signed with the Boston Red Sox in 2008.

Daneker was released by the Red Sox in 2009. Daneker has been a part of the Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, and Boston Red Sox organizations. 

Pat Daneker was a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox from 1999-2001. Daneker had a record of 0-0 with a 4.20 ERA in nine appearances.

Daneker struck out 5 batters in those nine appearances. Daneker was released by the White Sox in 2001. Daneker has since retired from baseball.

37. Kevin McMullan

Career

  • 1987–1990: IUP
  • 1990: Salt Lake City Trappers
  • 1991: Fort Lauderdale Yankees
  • 1991: Greensboro Hornets
  • 1992: Salt Lake City Trappers
  • Position(s): Catcher / First baseman
  • 1994–1996: IUP (asst.)
  • 1997–1999: St. John's (asst.)
  • 2000–2002: East Carolina (asst.)
  • 2003–present: Virginia (asst.)

McMullan is in his second stint as an associate head coach with the Virginia basketball team. He joined the Cavaliers staff in 2006 and helped guide the team to a National Championship in 2013.

McMullan played college basketball at IUP and then played professionally with the Salt Lake City Trappers. He is a two-time ACC Coach of the Year honoree and was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

McMullan and his wife, Lori, have two children. McMullan has spent the past decade coaching at Virginia, where he has helped the Cavaliers to three NCAA Tournament appearances. McMullan is a catcher and first baseman who played in the major leagues for a brief period in the early 1990s.

McMullan was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth round of the 1990 draft. He played in 37 games for the Yankees, compiling a .161 batting average. 

McMullan played in 117 games for the Hornets, batting .269 with 18 home runs. McMullan played in parts of five seasons with the Trappers, batting .269 with 46 home runs.

McMullan is the father of two daughters. McMullan has a degree in business administration from IUP. McMullan is a coach at his alma mater, IUP, where he is also the head baseball coach.

Final Words

The University of Virginia Cavaliers baseball team has established itself as a powerhouse in college baseball, and there are many talented players who have represented the Cavaliers over the years.

Some of the best players in Cavaliers baseball history include Eric Hosmer, Corey Seager, and Jason Heyward, and they are all Hall of Famers. There are many other talented players who have contributed to the success of the Cavaliers, and they will continue to do so in the future.

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