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Former UVA pitcher Sean Doolittle is off to an All-Star quality season

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

With the Major League Baseball season at its halfway mark, now is a great time to check in on how former Virginia Cavaliers have fared in the big leagues this season so far:

Phil Gosselin - IF - Atlanta Braves - Gosselin spent April with the Reds, batting .125 in 20 games. He was then released by Cincinnati and picked up by the Braves, where is his currently in AAA batting .236. The journeyman infielder was originally drafted by Atlanta in 2010 and has played for Arizona, Pittsburgh, and Texas as well.

Kyle Crockett - P - Cincinnati Reds - The former UVA pitcher spent the first part of the season in AAA, but was called up by the Reds last week and has pitched in four games as a reliever. Crockett spent the past four seasons with Cleveland, appearing in 107 games.

Derek Fisher - OF - Houston Astros - Fisher started off the season with the defending champion Astros as a utility outfielder. In May he was put on the DL with gastrointestinal discomfort and has been in AAA ever since. The Astros currently have one of the best records in the league and Fisher was only batting .176 when he got injured, so his return to the majors may not be imminent.

Brandon Guyer - OF - Cleveland Indians - Guyer has spent most of the season as an utility outfielder for the Indians batting .160 in 43 games. In May, he had a cervical strain and did rehab stints in AAA and AA. The highlight of his season though was when he came in to pitch in relief for the Indians and pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning in his first ever pitching appearance in the majors.

Artie Lewicki - P - Detroit Tigers - The former UVA pitcher started two games for the Tigers this month and has appeared in seven others. He has also spent time in AAA this season as Detroit has called him up and down as needed this season.

John Hicks - C/1B - Detroit Tigers - Hicks has spent the entire season with Detroit splitting time at catcher and first base. He is currently batting .282 with six homers and 25 RBI’s. This is already the most playing time Hicks has seen in his career, and with the Tigers record sitting at 36-45, expect to see him contributing to Detroit all season.

Mark Reynolds - 1B - Washington Nationals - The 12-year veteran went unsigned until the Nationals picked him up in May. The former UVA star was in AAA until Washington called him up on May 13th due to an injury to his former Virginia teammate Ryan Zimmerman. Reynolds blasted two home runs in his first game and has been mainly at 1B for the Nats ever since. He has gone 0 for his last 19 at bats after starting out at .300 in his first 19 games. His future role when Zimmerman returns is yet to be determined.

Ryan Zimmerman - 1B - Washington Nationals - The former UVA legend is currently on the DL with a back injury with a likely return in a week or two. Zimmerman was struggling at the plate before his injury, only batting .217 with five homers in 115 at bats. His last five games before his injury were encouraging going 7/17 (.412), so maybe he will be out of his slump when he returns to Washington.

Chris Taylor - OF - Los Angeles Dodgers - A key player for the Dodgers in their run to the World Series last season, Taylor started off the season as the center-fielder batting leadoff. He was later switched to SS at the beginning of May, but has come off the bench to pinch hit in the past five games. He is currently batting .255 with 9 homers and 30 RBI’s. He has hit seven triples, but has been caught stealing in five of his eight attempts.

Sean Doolittle - P - Washington Nationals - Doolittle is having the best season of any former Hoo so far this year and possibly the best season of his career. The former UVA star currently has a 1.60 ERA and has converted 21 of his 22 save opportunities. He has a real shot of earning his second All-Star appearance since he and the Yankees’s Aroldis Chapman are the only two relievers with 20 saves and a sub 2.20 ERA.