2014 All-SEC Freshman Team (2B) 37th round draft pick in 2013 (Brewers)
Outlook One of the top sophomores in college baseball, earned All-SEC Freshman honors in his debut season ... Has the ability to play nearly any position on the diamond, earning the opening day leftfield job and making his next 51 starts at second base ... Has tremendous upside and an ability to develop into a future star ... Is the brother of former UK great John Shelby (2004-06) and the son of 11-year big league veteran John Shelby, the current Milwaukee Brewers first base coach ... Owns jaw-dropping athleticism, great speed and arm strength ... Has missed both fall practice seasons due to injury in his first two seasons ... Got off to a sluggish start in his collegiate debut, attributable to missing all of fall practice, before emerging during UK's second week of SEC play as one of the top freshmen in the nation ... Will be relied on as a vital right-handed bat in a left-handed dominant UK lineup.
Summer Starred for the Amsterdam Mohwaks in the Perfect Game Collegiate League, joining UK teammates Zack Brown, Connor Heady and Marcus Carson ... The starting shortstop for the Eastern Division in the PGCBL All-Star Game ... Hit .239 (32-for-134) with 23 runs, 12 doubles, three homers and 21 RBI ... Had a 21-23 walk-strikeout ratio and stole nine bases.
2014 Had an All-SEC Freshman season as UK's primary second baseman ... Hit .250 (45-for-180) with 38 runs, six doubles, two triples, four homers and 21 RBI ... Had a .372 slugging and a .351 on-base percentage ... Tied for the SEC freshmen lead with four homers ... In 29 SEC games, hit .240 (24-for-100) with two doubles, one triple, one homer and seven RBI ... Had 11 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games ... Had a season-long six-game hitting streak, reaching base safely in 10 consecutive games ... Made 41 consecutive starts at second base to end the year ... Hit .588 (10-for-17) during a five-game hitting streak ... UK's opening-day starter in leftfield, made his next 51 starts at second base ... Hit .357 (15-for-42) as the leadoff hitter ... Batted .263 (21-for-80) in non-conference games ... In 33 games vs. SEC opponents, hit .243 (27-for-111) with 22 runs, two doubles, one triple, one homer and seven RBI ... Hit .303 (27-for-89) with five doubles, one triple, four homers and 16 RBI at Cliff Hagan Stadium ... Hit .282 (31-for-110) in games that UK won and .200 (14-for-70) in games that UK lost ... Batted .279 (19-for-68) in night games, with three homers ... Hit .154 (2-for-13) in February, .273 (15-for-55) in March, .315 (17-for-54) in April and .192 (10-for-52) in May ... Was 3-for-11 in the SEC Tournament with three walks and a strikeout ... Went 1-for-11 in the NCAA Tournament ... Batted .265 in SEC series openers and .300 in SEC series finales ... Made lone start in the outfield in the season lidlifter vs. No. 1 Virginia, going 1-for-3 with two runs a walk and RBI ... Next 51 starts came at second base ... Belted first career homer vs. Cincinnati, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI ... Started five-game hitting streak with a 3-for-3 game vs. No. 5 Vanderbilt in the series finale, adding two hit vs. No. 8 Louisville and twice vs. No. 12 Florida in the streak ... Belted a homer vs. Louisville, Tennessee Tech and No. 1 South Carolina ... Homer vs. South Carolina came vs. lefty Jordan Montgomery ... Had career high three RBI games vs. Tennessee Tech and No. 8 Louisville ... Had a 1-for-4 game at Texas A&M with a triple that narrowly missed being scored as an inside-the-park homer, ripping a line drive off the top of the wall in leftfield and sliding in headfirst to beat the tag ... Had a six-game hitting streak with single hits in each game over the Auburn-Georgia series.
High School A 37th round draft pick by the Milwaukee Brewers ... Earned four letters at Tates Creek for coach Dom Fucci ... Named all-city player of the year senior year ... Two-time regional and district champion ... Broke Tates Creek record for doubles in a season with 12 ... Batted .340 as a senior ... Named 2013 first-team all-region by Rawlings ... Had a batting average of .300 junior year ... Tabbed as 2012 underclassmen honorable mention by Perfect Game ... Played football his freshman year ... Was on the academic honor roll.
Personal Full name is JaVon Taylor Shelby...Born May 6, 1995 in Lexington, Ky. ...Son of Trina Shelby and John T. Shelby Jr. ...Has four brothers, John T. (28), Jeremy (26), Justin (24), and Jarea (15)...Has an older sister, Tiara (21)...Brother, John, played baseball at Kentucky and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox ... John is one of the more decorated performers in Kentucky history, leading UK from a last-place finish in 2005 to the 2006 SEC Championship, with John earning All-SEC honors at second base ... Finished his three-year UK career with a .307 (177-for-577) average, with 36 doubles, six triples, 33 homers and 131 RBI, stealing 42-of-54 bases and owning career marks of .562 (slugging) and .377 (on-base percentage) ... In 2005, John hit .344 with 10 homers, 52 RBI and 23 steals, before powering UK's championship team in 2006 with a .291 mark with 18 doubles, 18 homers, 56 RBI and 12 steals ... John went on to play six years in the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays organization, reaching as high as triple-A with the Rays in 2011 ... John played in 646 minor league games, with 154 doubles, 34 triples, 76 homers and 339 RBI, stealing 112 bases ... Father played in the MLB and won two World Series with the Orioles and Dodgers, currently serving as a big league base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013 ... Father John played 11-years in the big leagues, belting 70 homers and stealing 98 bases, with a .283 career MLB average ... Brother, Jeremy, played baseball at Grambling State and was drafted by the Padres ...Jeremy played in 109 games at Grambling State, with a .321 average, 12 homers, 61 RBI and 25 steals ... Cousin, Josh Harrison, played baseball at Cincinnati and was drafted by the Chicago Cubs, currently playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates ... Cousin, Vince Harrison, attended Kentucky and was drafted by the Marlins.