Virginia Beach’s Chris Taylor to be inducted into UVA Baseball Hall of Fame

Chris Taylor hits a solo home run during the 2017 World Series. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (VirginiaSports.com) – The Virginia baseball program will induct six new members into its Hall of Fame this January. The entire 2020 class was announced earlier today on the program’s social media channels.

The 2020 inductees will include: RHP Kevin Arico (2008-10), SS Tyler Cannon (2007-10), 2B – Ryan Gilleland (1995-98), RHP/DH – Nick Howard (2012-14), OF Jarrett Parker (2008-10) and SS Chris Taylor (2010-12) from Virginia Beach.

Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single during the 2018 World Series. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Established in the summer of 2017, The Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame has enshrined a total of 22 members over the past two years including a 15-member inaugural class. The 2020 inductees will be inducted at a private ceremony in January.

“The Hall of Fame announcement has become a proud and exciting day for our program over the past three years,” head coach Brian O’Connor said. “The 22 men we have inducted in the Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame are excellent representations of the Virginia Baseball program and the University of Virginia community and this year’s class continues that standard. Each of the players in this class have been involved in some of the greatest moments in our program’s history, and I’m happy that we are able to celebrate their achievements. I also love to see the excitement of our current players to be involved in these announcements, as they recognize the hard work and dedication that each of these men poured into our program. It’s a great day for Virginia Baseball!”

2020 VIRGINIA BASEBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS

RHP – Kevin Arico (2008-10)
• ABCA, Collegiate Baseball & NCBWA First Team All-American in 2010
• 2010 First Team All-ACC
• Led the nation in saves in 2010 with 18, tied the ACC single season record
• Finalist for the 2010 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award
• Set the single-season school record for saves with 18 in 2010, ranks second all-time with 29 career saves
• Member of the 2009 College World Series team
• Student Assistant Coach for the 2015 National Championship Team
• Selected in the 10th round (307th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2010 MLB Draft

SS – Tyler Cannon (2007-10)
• 2009 First Team All-ACC; 2010 Second Team All-ACC
• School’s all-time leader in games played (244), at bats (910) and doubles (62)
• Ranks second all-time in career hits (276), third all-time in runs (185) and triples (12), fifth in total bases (380), eighth in stolen bases (49)
• Holds single game record for runs in a game with five at Wake Forest on March 6, 2009 (nine others have done it)
• Named to the 2009 All-College World Series Team after going 6-for-10 with a .733 on base percentage
• Drafted in in the 41st round of the 2009 MLB Draft (1,225 overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates but returned to school
• Drafted in the 12th round (360th overall) in the 2010 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians
• Student Assistant Coach on the 2014 College World Series Team

2B – Ryan Gilleland (1995-98)
• Graduated as the program’s all-time leader in games played (221), at bats (865), RBI (166) – currently ranks third
• Fifth all-time in career hits with 262 (graduated with the third most)
• Hit 27 career home runs, fifth-most at time of upon graduation, currently ranks ninth
• One of three Cavaliers ever to accumulate 400 career total bases
• A Second Team All-ECAC selection at second base in 1997
• Set the school record for doubles in a season with 19 in 1997 (since been surpassed)
• Member of the 1996 ACC Championship team
• 1995 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Honorable Mention Freshman All-American

RHP/DH – Nick Howard (2012-14)
• 2014 ABCA and Perfect Game Second Team All-American (RP); Collegiate Baseball Third Team All-American
• Two-time First Team All-ACC selection (2013 & 2014) as a utility player
• 2014 ACC All-Tournament Team and 2013 Charlottesville Regional All-Tournament Team
• Selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round (19th overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft
• Set ACC and UVA single season record for saves with 20 in 2014
• Ranks fourth all-time in school history with 20 career saves
• Member of the 2014 College World Series Team
• One of 27 players in program history to put forth a five-hit game (4/24/13) at Howard

OF – Jarrett Parker (2008-10)
• 2009 ABCA, Baseball America and NCBWA Second Team All-American; 3rd Team by Collegiate Baseball; First Team by Rivals.com
• First Team All-ACC in 2009, Second Team in 2010
• Played three seasons (135 games) in the majors with the Giants (2015, 2016, 2017) and the Angels (2019)
• Selected in the 2nd round (74th overall) in the 2010 MLB Draft by the Giants
• Set single-season records for runs (76), hits (94 – since surpassed), triples (8) and total bases (176) in 2009
• Ranks in the top 10 in career runs (161 – T-9th) and total bases (369 – 10th)
• His 26 career home runs are 10th most in UVA History; His 16 in 2009 are the third most in a single season
• His 16 home runs in 2009 were the third most in school history
• 2009 Irvine Regional and 2010 Charlottesville Regional All-Tournament Team
• 2008 ACC All-Academic Team

SS – Chris Taylor (2010-12)
• Drafted in the fifth round (161st overall) by the Seattle Mariners in the 2012 MLB Draft
• Walk-off single in 2011 Super Regional vs. UC Irvine to send UVA to second College World Series
• Named to 2011 Charlottesville Regional All-Tournament Team and ACC All-Tournament Team
• His 63 runs scored in 2011 led the ACC and are the fifth most in school history
• Holds school record for at bats in a season (285 – in 2011)
• Was named the Co-MVP of the 2017 NLCS and played in the 2017 and 2018 World Series

 

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