Record Nine Cavaliers Selected in MLB Draft
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A school-record nine Virginia baseball players, including three Wednesday, were selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Virginia had six selections on the second day, which equaled the school record of six picks in 2007 and 2008, then added a trio of picks on Wednesday.
Tyler Wilson (Midlothian, Va.) was selected in the 35th round (1,057th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds. Kenny Swab (Kernersville, N.C.) quickly followed as he was picked seven slots later (1,064th overall) by the Atlanta Braves. Neal Davis (Baltimore, Md.) was selected in the 36th round (1,101st overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jarrett Parker (Stafford, Va.) was a second-round pick (74th overall) of the San Francisco Giants. Phil Gosselin (West Chester, Pa.) was a fifth-round pick (164th overall) of the Atlanta Braves and Robert Morey (Virginia Beach, Va.) was also a fifth-round pick (167th overall) of the Florida Marlins. Kevin Arico (Flemington, N.J.) was a 10th-round pick (307th overall) of the Cincinnati Reds. Dan Grovatt (Tabernacle, N.J.) was an 11th-round pick (327th overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tyler Cannon (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) was a 12th-round selection (360 overall) by the Cleveland Indians.
Parker, a second-team All-ACC selection, is hitting .338 on the season and shares the team lead with 10 home runs, while driving in 55 RBI. The junior was recently named to the Charlottesville Regional All-Tournament Team after batting .462 (6-for-13) with two home runs, five RBI and seven runs scored.
Gosselin, a first-team All-ACC pick, is hitting at a .378 clip, good for second on the squad. The junior has amassed 94 total hits this season, putting him in a tie for most hits all-time at Virginia in a single season, tying Parker’s 2009 total. Gosselin also has nine home runs, 57 RBI and has stolen a team-best 18 bases as the Cavaliers’ offensive catalyst.
Morey, a second-team All-ACC pick, is second on the pitching staff with nine wins, accumulating a 9-3 record in 15 starts. The junior has posted a 3.72 ERA over 96.2 innings pitched, while accumulating 76 strikeouts and tossing two of UVa’s three complete games thrown by the Cavalier starters this season.
Arico, a first-team All-ACC pick, leads the nation with 17 saves, needing two more saves to eclipse the ACC record of 18 in a season. The junior has posted a 1-1 record with a 2.59 ERA over 31.1 innings of work, while making all 27 of his appearances out of the bullpen.
Grovatt is hitting .289 on the season, with eight home runs and 56 RBI. Cannon moved up significantly in the 2010 MLB Draft after he was a 41st-round selection in 2009 by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The senior shortstop is hitting .341 with three home runs and 38 RBI. Cannon is No. 1 in the UVa annals with 241 games played and is making a run for most career hits with 273, sitting No. 3 all-time. He trails only Bill Narleski (281) and David Stone (276).
Wilson is 8-4 this season with a 3.47 ERA. In a team-high 30 appearances, Wilson has worked 59.2 innings, which is most among ACC relievers. He has struck out 66 while limiting opponents to a .198 batting average.
Swab has had a strong first season at UVa after transferring from Young Harris Junior College. Swab is batting .331 with four homers and 28 RBI in 42 games (32 starts).
Davis has a 10-2 career record with a 4.17 ERA in his four seasons at Virginia. He has recorded 86 strikeouts in 105.2 career innings.