If you're wondering, the first Gavin to play in the postseason was Gavin Floyd, who took the loss in the deciding Game 4 of the 2008 ALDS as the Rays knocked off the White Sox.
GAVINS IN THE MINOR LEAGUES
This list seems to get larger every year, as the name Gavin became more popular for baby boys born in the 90s. Less Garys and Georges being born these days, with more Gavins picking up the slack.
After putting up a nice OPS of .949 in 2018, that number dropped way down to .656 in 2019.. not what you want to see from a guy mostly used at DH. Garay, 22, played for the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets A- club) this past season.
Another new player this year, Jones was a late draft pick by the A's back in June. He's a corner infielder who didn't show much with the bat during his debut season in rookie league. But he also pitched a perfect inning to finish a game once, so that's cool.
a guy I've supercollected over the past few years. He's now spent two and a half seasons at AA. Hit a middle-of-the-road .254 with 10 dingers in 2019, playing first and third base. He'll be 25 next year and hopefully get a shot at AAA, so it's crunch time for him.
Wallace just turned 24 (yesterday was his birthday), but still hasn't made it out of A-ball. He pitched 109 innings, striking out 90 and walking 22 while giving up 124 hits in the Pittsburgh organization.
---Now for a few guys that have Gavin in their name, though it's not their first name--
Stephen Gavin Alemais
I don't think this guy was on my radar before, but I should probably give a little love to him since his middle name is Gavin. I don't think there's been a Gavin middle-namer in the majors since Scott Erickson. Anyways, Stephen was a 3rd round pick by the Pirates in 2016. He's a light-hitting middle infielder who played at AA in 2019.
That wraps up the list of Gavins who played pro baseball in 2019. Best of luck to them all in 2020!
And a respectful tip of the cap to the only Gavin who appears to have hung up his cleats since last year's update...
Lavallee (not to be confused with the similarly named Gavin LaValley) didn't play in 2019 after a career in the independent Pecos League from 2016-2018. He hit .299 in 131 career games. Wishing him the best with what the next chapter of his life has in store for him.
Non-baseball Gavins in pro sports
In hockey, Gavin Bayreuther became the first NHL Gavin in several years (following Gavin Morgan in 2003-04). Bayreuther (pronounced "BAY-roo-thuhr") is in the Dallas Stars organization, though he's currently playing for the Texas Stars in the AHL (basically the minor league of hockey). He's got some recent Upper Deck cards out, though I've yet to pick up any. These days, I'm less enthusiastic about collecting cards of guys named Gavin-- especially non-autos and non-baseball guys-- though still happy to receive any cards I need in trade. (I'm especially burnt out on Gavin Floyd, Cecchini, and Escobar unless it's something cool like a 12/25 card.)
A bonus Gavin with cards
Again, best of luck to him and all my other Gavin brethren!
p.s. Oh, and I just now discovered that there's a high schooler named Gavin Casas who has cards in 2019 Panini USA Baseball Stars and Stripes, so I'll probably have to pick up an auto of his soon (despite how unsettling it is collecting cards of someone who is still a minor).