- position INF
- height 6-2
- Weight 230
- class Redshirt Senior
- Hometown Farmville, Va.
- Previous School Longwood University
• National Hitter of the Week, 3/14/23 (NCBWA/Dick Howser Trophy)
• Co-National Player of the Week, 3/13/23 (Collegiate Baseball)
• Co-SEC Player of the Week, 3/13/23
• Freshman Student-Athlete of the Year (2019, Longwood)
• First-Team All-Big South (2022)
PRIOR TO KENTUCKY
Appeared in 162 games with 153 starts at Longwood University…Batted .271 in 569 at bats…Scored 92 runs and clubbed 28 doubles, nine triples and 20 home runs…Knocked in 104 runs and stole 11 bases…Has not been caught stealing in last three seasons…Had an .809 OPS.
Played for the Tri-City Chili Peppers of the Coastal Plain League…Batted .260 in 127 at bats with 33 rubs, two doubles, five home runs and 25 RBI…Stole 15 bases and had a .735 OPS.
Started and played in 51 games this season. He finished ranked in the top 10 in the Big South in slugging at .579 (8th), OPS .974 (9th), RBI with 43 (9th), home-runs at 13 (6th), total bases with 103 (8th), walks with 30 (8th), and sacrifice flies with five (5th)…Had 13 multi-hit games on the season…Had a perfect year defensively at first where he turned in a 1.000 fielding percentage in 427 chances which included the most putouts in the conference with 404.
Hit .267 across 46 games, all starts, with a team-best 17 extra-base hits…Had 10 doubles, a team-best four triples and three homers while tallying 31 RBI and 25 runs scored…Had 11 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games…Tied a team record with a five-hit game on Feb. 23 against NC Central, going 5-6 with three runs scored and six RBI, both totals career highs, and also hit a home run.
Hit .302 in 14 games, all starts, with four doubles and a triple while scoring five runs and adding nine RBI…Had five multi-hit games including back-to-back games against Binghamton where he tied a career high with three hits (Feb. 28 went 3-5, 1R, 3 RBI, 2B, 3B and Feb. 29 went 3-3, R, RBI, BB)…Multiple RBI twice, both times tying a career high with three (Feb. 22 vs. NJIT, Feb. 28 vs. Binghamton)…Hit safely in seven straight (13-28, .464; Feb. 22 vs. NJIT through March 3 at Tennessee)…The hit streak included four games with multiple hits (Feb. 22 vs. NJIT, Feb. 25 at Liberty, Feb. 28 and Feb. 29 vs. Binghamton)…
Named Longwood’s Freshman Student-Athlete of the Year following an outstanding freshman campaign where he hit .253 in 42 starts, 51 appearances…Finished second on the team with four home runs and 21 RBI while tying for third with 41 hits…Racked up four doubles and two triples while scoring 23 runs…team-best 13 multi-hit games while tying for the team-high with five multi-RBI games…Swatted his first collegiate homer and Longwood’s first home run of the season against Maryland Eastern Shore (2/16, game one)…Three straight multi-hit games (2/16 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore game two, 2/19 at JMU, 2/21 vs. Army game one).
Led The Fuqua School to the 2017 and 2018 VISSA Baseball State Championship games in junior and senior years…Won the 2014 VISSA State Championship…Coached by Ted Cunningham and John Adams…Ranked as the number 29 player in Virginia by Prep Baseball Report and top 1000 in the nation by Perfect Game…VISSA All-State selection all four years…Also played basketball and football in high school.
Full name is Hunter Pratt Gilliam in Dillwyn, Virginia…Son of Cameron Gilliam and Lisha Robinson….Has three siblings: Grant, Faith and Hope…Was accidentally shot in a hunting accident at age 13…Loves to spring turkey hunt.
*Longwood Athletics Communications contributed to this bio