UVA Press Release:
Former Virginia baseball standouts Jarrett Parker and Matt Thaiss were both called up by the Los Angeles Angels. Thaiss will bat seventh and play third base against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night (July 3), making his major league debut.
Thaiss had been red hot of late batting .341 with 3 HRs, 9 RBIs and 9 BBs in his last 10 games with Triple-A Salt Lake. Thaiss, a member of Virginia’s 2015 National Championship team, was a first round pick (16th overall) of the Angels back in 2016.
Thaiss will be the third Cavalier to make his major league debut in 2019 after Branden Kline (Orioles) and Adam Haseley (Phillies) were called up earlier this summer. Thaiss will be the 42nd former Cavalier to play in a Major League game.
Parker has worked his way back to a major league roster after sitting out the 2018 season. From 2015-17, Parker appeared in 135 games for the San Francisco Giants. This season for Triple-A Salt Lake, Parker hit 19 home runs in 64 games while batting .296 with 56 RBI.