Baseball #ProRebs Update - Opening Day 2018
March 29, 2018

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Ole Miss Baseball has a history of student-athletes playing professionally following their careers as Rebels. Currently, seven former Rebels are on Major League Baseball rosters, while 24 others are working their way up through the minor leagues. Throughout the year, OleMissSports.com will update Rebel fans about the current #ProRebs making their mark on professional baseball diamonds across the country.

Here is a look at how the former Rebels performed at the finish of 2017, and their standings for the upcoming season.

Major League Baseball Rebels

#30 Anthony Alford | CF | Toronto Blue Jays
Alford, the former defensive back for the Rebel football team, made his MLB debut last year after spending most of the season shuffling between the Blue Jays’ three affiliates. He played in four games with Toronto, recording one hit, but could be poised to make an impact with the Blue Jays when the season comes around. He batted .299 in the minors throughout 2017, and is in the midst of an exciting Spring Training, currently hitting at a .323 clip. He is currently the Blue Jays’ third-ranked prospect, but could make the leap to professional ball come opening day.

#2 Zack Cozart | SS/3B | Los Angeles Angels
The 2017 MLB All-Star, Cozart wrapped up the 2017 season with the Cincinnati Reds after boasting one of his better seasons at the plate to date with a .297 average. He was signed by the Los Angeles Angels on December 15, 2017 and is currently in the process of making the switch to third base. Cozart, now the proud owner of a donkey after a bet with fellow Red Joey Votto over an All-Star appearance, has been hitting .353 in Spring Training with the Angels, recording 18 hits in 51 at bats.


 

 

#15 Braxton Lee | CF | Miami Marlins
Although Lee has never seen a league above Double-A, the former Rebel recently made the Marlins’ Opening Day roster, and will begin the 2018 season with his first taste of the MLB after an electrifying season last year. He saw his average rise by 100 points from .209 in 2016 to.309 last year, and also set a career high in doubles with 21. He will open the year in Miami, and will likely be in the running for a starting outfielder position.

#31 Lance Lynn | RHP | Minnesota Twins
Lynn, after spending 2011-2017 with the St. Louis Cardinals, made the move to Minnesota in free agency to play for the Twins. The former Cardinal, in his eleventh year in the league, has shown no signs of slowing down, logging 186.1 innings of work last year in St. Louis, and has recorded an impressive 1.29 ERA with ten strikeouts in just seven innings of work through the 2018 spring training in his new home with the Twins.

#59 Mike Mayers | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals
Mayers has seen his fair share of professional baseball in the past two years, collecting ten innings of work in two seasons, but recording a high 19.80 ERA in the process. Now, after a winter bout in the Dominican Republic, Mayers is ready for the big leagues, and he will begin the year in St. Louis. The former Rebel is expected to transition into a mid-reliever or possibly closer position after a 2018 spring training that saw him record a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings of work with 12 strikeouts to add.

#31 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Boston Red Sox
Pomeranz was a key factor in the Red Sox’s success last year, recording one of his best seasons to date and helping Boston secure the American League East. The Collierville, Tenn. native made 32 starts, going 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA as he helped solidify himself as one of the Red Sox’s most revered arms. He will be riding that wave into the 2018 season, where he is poised for another big year, although he will begin the year on the 10-day disabled list with a forearm injury.

#7 Seth Smith | RF | Free Agent
Smith, an 11-year MLB veteran, had a quality first year with the Baltimore Orioles in 2017, hitting .258 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI as a left-handed hitter, but currently remains unsigned and is testing free agency as of late March.

Minor League Baseball Rebels

#7 Chris Coghlan | OF | Triple-A - Iowa Cubs (Reported)
Coghlan was released by the Blue Jays on August 12 of last year, but was re-signed by the Cubs organization on March 29, 2018 to a minor-league deal, The Athletic's Patrick Mooney reported. He has yet to be assigned to a team, but is expected to soon join the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. The former Rebel outfielder currently boasts a .258 career average in the MLB through a ten-year professional career that has spanned from Miami, Chicago, Oakland, and Toronto.

#14 Alex Presley | OF | Norfolk Tides (Triple-A – Baltimore Orioles) 
Presley is coming off one of his most eventful seasons in memory, playing in 71 games with the Detroit Tigers in 2017, his most to date, but will begin 2018 with a new organization. Presley was signed by the Baltimore Orioles on February 19, 2018, who were in search of a lefty outfielder, and Presley will join the organization on a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. The former Rebel had a .314/.354/.416 hitting line last year, and will look to carry his success over as he vies for a spot with the Orioles. Presley hit .325 with an .829 OPS. in spring training and will begin the 2018 season with Triple-A Norfolk Tides.

#15 Will Allen | 1B | New Orleans Baby Cakes (Triple-A – Miami Marlins)
The former captain on the 2014 College World Series team, Allen just wrapped up his third professional season in the Detroit organization. He led his High-A club with 40 RBI, and also ranked first on the team with 27 extra-base hits, including a club high 16 doubles. He moved up to the team’s Double-A affiliate at the end of the year, but was claimed by the New Orleans Baby Cakes, the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate, at the end of the year.

#30 Double-Aron Barrett | RHP | Syracuse Chiefs (Triple-A – Washington Nationals)
Barrett is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss the entire 2017 season. In 2014 and 2015, the former Rebel appeared in a total of 90 games out of the bullpen for the Washington Nationals. He is currently assigned to the team's Triple-A affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs, as he works on making his return to the mound.

#20 Auston Bousfield | CF | San Antonio Missions (Triple-A – El Paso Chihuahuas)
Bousfield just completed his fourth season of pro ball, where he finished in Double-A with the San Antonio Missions. After being assigned to San Antonio in late May, the 2014 All-American was responsible for 30 RBI and 68 hits. Overall, the Orlando, Florida, native hit .232 on the year across two clubs with 33 RBI and 23 extra-base hits. He was called up to Triple-A in March of 2018, to play for the El Paso Chihuahuas.

#36 Matt Crouse | LHP | (Triple-A – Free Agent)
A 2011 pick in the draft, Crouse spent a majority of the 2017 season with the Seawolves (Double-A). He was called up to Toledo (Triple-A) for a spot start, and remained there for five games, where he went 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA. Upon returning to Erie, the southpaw had three quality starts and two wins for the Seawolves. To close out his season, Crouse was once again called up to Triple-A to compete with the Toledo Mud Hens. He elected free agency at the end of the season, and remains there as of late March.

#23 Chris Ellis | RHP | Springfield Cardinals (Double-A – St. Louis Cardinals)
A former member of the Atlanta Braves organization, Ellis split time between Memphis (Triple-A) and Springfield (Double-A), where he totaled a 5.29 ERA with seven wins. In 19 appearances with Springfield (17 starts), Ellis went 5-9 with a 4.45 ERA in 99.0 innings. In his 11 games in Memphis, the Birmingham, Alabama native went 2-3 in 32 innings. Ellis finished his 2017 campaign in Springfield with a 7-12 overall record for the year.

#32 David Goforth | RHP | Syracuse Chiefs (Triple-A – Washington Nationals)
A 2011 seventh round pick, Goforth pitched 53.1 of his 54.1 innings with Colorado last season. The Meridian, Mississippi, native finished 3-4 with a 3.98 ERA in 48 games, where he totaled five saves. He did get called up to Milwaukee back in April, where he appeared in one game. He was signed by the Washington Nationals in December of 2017, where he earned a trip to spring training, but he is expected to begin the season with the Triple-A affiliate.

#11 Henri Lartigue | C | Lakewood BlueClaws (Single-A – Philadelphia Phillies)
The 2016 seventh round pick, Lartigue finished second among Lakewood hitters with 44 RBI last year. His 23 doubles ranked second on the team, and he also hit eight long balls in his first full season as a Pro Reb. Lartigue was just as effective behind the plate, cutting down 11-of-21 (52 percent) would-be base stealers.

#8 Errol Robinson | SS | Tulsa Drillers (Double-A – Los Angeles Dodgers)
An all-time fan favorite at Ole Miss, Robinson has advanced quickly through the Dodgers’ farm system through his first full year, currently with the (Double-A) Tulsa Drillers. In 57 games, the Boyds, Maryland, native hit .273 with 14 RBI and 62 hits last year. The former Rebel shortstop carried an eight-game hitting streak back in late July/early August, where he totaled 10 hits and 13 runs scored in just eight games. Robinson checks in on the Dodgers’ top-30 prospect list at No. 28.

#18 Cody Satterwhite | RHP | Syracuse Chiefs (Triple-A – Washington Nationals)
Satterwhite appeared in 24 games for Syracuse last season totaling a 4.35 ERA and 1-3 record. The Jackson, Mississippi, native finished with an impressive 43-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 49.2 innings pitched, which also included two starts.

#17 Wyatt Short | LHP | South Bend Cubs (Single-A – Chicago Cubs)
The former Ole Miss closer did just that for South Bend (A) last season, converting for 16 saves for the Cubs. In 62 innings, the Southaven, Mississippi, native went 4-3 with 62 strikeouts and only 20 walks issued.

#30 Chad Smith | RHP | Greensboro Grasshoppers (Single-A – Miami Marlins)
In 34 games for Greensboro, Smith was effective with a 3-2 record and 2.93 ERA with seven saves. In 46 innings of work, the McCalla, Alabama, native struck out 52 opposing hitters with an average against of just .236.

#32 Matt Snyder | 1B | Trenton Thunder (Double-A – New York Yankees)
Snyder suffered a broken foot earlier last season for Trenton, but returned to play in three games at the end of the year. He will look to have a breakthrough season in 2018.

#40 Matt Tracy | LHP | New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Double-A – Toronto Blue Jays)
A 2011 pick to the Yankees, Tracy closed out the year with a rehab assignment in Chattanooga, where he finished 3-4 this season with a 4.04 ERA. In 62.1 innings for the Lookouts, the St. Louis, Missouri, native struck out 53 batters allowing only 22 walks. Nine of his 13 outings were starts, where he tallied five quality starts. He elected free agency at the end of the year, where he was signed by the Blue Jays and assigned to their Double-A squad.

#18 Christian Trent | LHP | Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Single-A – Milwaukee Brewers)
Trent did not make an appearance last season. In 2016, the former Rebel ace spent time between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Brewers' rookie league team in Arizona. He was taken in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.

#32 Stuart Turner | C | Louisville Bats (Triple-A – Cincinnati Reds)
The 2013 third round pick played in 37 games for the Reds last year, recording 11 hits and seven RBI, but was optioned down to Cincinnati’s Triple-A team, the Louisville Bats, on March 17, 2018, and will begin his 2018 year in Louisville.

#49 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A – Philadelphia Phillies)
Waguespack, a 2012 draft pick, was called up to Double-A back at the end of July 2017, and since started four games for Reading. The Waco, Texas native was all around the Phillies organization last year, starting in Class A and finishing in Lehigh Valley (Triple-A) after being called up on September 6, 2017. The former Rebel had an impressive 2017 season throughout two teams, recording a 3.42 ERA with 108 strikeouts in 105.1 innings.

#19 Bobby Wahl | RHP | Nashville Sounds (Triple-A – Oakland Athletics)
Wahl is expected to start the year with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, after being optioned down from the Athletics on January 10, 2018. The former Rebel pitcher appeared in seven games with the Athletics last year, all in relief, with eight strikeouts and just four runs allowed.

#12 J.B. Woodman | CF | Palm Beach Cardinals (A – St. Louis Cardinals)
A second round pick two summers ago, Woodman finished fifth on his club with 45 RBI, hitting .240 with 31 extra-base hits last year. The Orlando, Florida, native also racked up in hits (87) and runs (44) for the Lugnuts last season. He was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in December of last year, and assigned to their Class-A Advanced team, where he will begin the 2018 season.

#10 Austin Wright | LHP | Montgomery Biscuits (Double-A – Tampa Bay Rays)
Wright made seven appearances for the Hartford Yard Goats last season before going on the Colorado Rockies' restricted list, which allows the team to retain his contract rights when he returns to baseball. He last pitched on April 23, but elected free agency at the end of the season and signed and assigned to the Rays’ Double-A team at the beginning of 2018.

#25 David Parkinson | LHP | Williamsport Crosscutters (A-Short – Philadelphia Phillies)
Since being drafted in the 12th round by the Phillies back in June, Parkinson made an immediate impact for Williamsport, going 1-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 11 appearances, including three starts. He struck out 42 opposing hitters and held them to a .242 clip, allowing only nine earned runs in 32.2 innings. His highlight outing as a professional came in August, when he struck out 10 and allowed only one hit in five innings vs. Batavia.

#4 Tate Blackman | 2B | Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie – Chicago White Sox)
A 13th round pick to Chicago, Blackman finished with 23 RBI off 40 total hits for the Voyagers in 49 games. The Orlando, Florida, native posted 16 extra-base hits, including 10 doubles with 27 runs scored. The former Rebel second baseman had a consistent stretch back in early August, where he went 6-for-14 with eight RBI off four extra-base hits.

#48 Colby Bortles | 3B | Connecticut Tigers (A-Short – Detroit Tigers)
A 22nd round pick, Bortles finished strong with a .251 average and 23 RBI off 13 extra-base hits for Connecticut. He finished second on the team 47 hits, and led the club with 23 walks in his debut season.

#37 Kyle Watson | OF | Bristol Pirates (Rookie – Pittsburgh Pirates)
The former Rebel outfielder hit .224 with Bristol, totaling 14 RBI off nine extra-base hits. The Southaven, Mississippi, native collected 30 hits and 22 runs scored as a professional in 40 games in the Pirates’ organization.

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