June 6, 2017
Ole Miss Baseball has a history of student-athletes playing professionally following their careers as Rebels. Currently, nine former Rebels are on Major League Baseball rosters, while 21 others are working their way up through the minor leagues. Throughout the summer, 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 are performing on the field during the 2017 season. For a complete look of season stats for #ProRebs, click here.
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Major League Baseball Rebels
#30 Anthony Alford | CF | Toronto Blue Jays
After spending five seasons in the Minors, Anthony Alford was called up by the Toronto Blue Jays on May 19. Four days later, he smacked a double for his first career MLB hit. However, he suffered a broken wrist later in the game and is currently on the disabled list after undergoing surgery. Despite never putting on an Ole Miss baseball uniform, Alford was a defensive back for the Rebel football team. As a sophomore in 2014, he played in the team's first four games as a backup safety and punt returner before deciding to pursue his professional baseball career. (VIDEO-May 23: Alford's first Major League hit)
#7 Chris Coghlan | 3B/LF | Toronto Blue Jays
After winning the 2016 World Series with the Chicago Cubs, Coghlan spent Spring Training with the Philadelphia Phillies until signing with the Toronto Blue Jays just before the 2017 regular season. The former Rebel didn't spend a long time in the Minors, getting promoted to the Blue Jays two weeks later. Since being called up, Coghlan has played in 34 games for Toronto. He produced one of the most memorable plays in MLB history after leaping over Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (April 25) to avoid an out and cross home safely. The 2009 National League Rookie of the Year, Coghlan is in his ninth season playing Major League Baseball. (VIDEO-April 25: Coghlan's amazing leap)
#2 Zack Cozart | SS | Cincinnati Reds
In his sixth season as the starting shortstop of the Cincinnati Reds, Cozart is having the biggest season of his career. The winner of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award, an honor given to a Major Leaguer who exemplifies a leader and a true team player, he has lived up to that award in 2017. Through 49 games, the former Rebel is hitting .348 which ranks second in all of Major League Baseball. Moreover, he has reached base 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in MLB. Among National League shortstops, Cozart is the leader in batting average, hits (64), triples (5), home runs (9), RBI (33), on-base percentage (.433) and slugging percentage (.620). According to FanGraphs Baseball's Wins Above Replacement (WAR) stat, Cozart is currently the most valuable player in the National League. In Sunday's game (June 4) versus Atlanta, he recorded two home runs and a triple to match a career-high five RBI. Cozart ranks second in All-Star voting (VOTE for Cozart, click here) (VIDEO-June 4: Cozart's multi-homer game)
#31 Lance Lynn | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals
After missing the 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery, Lynn returned to the St. Louis Cardinals rotation for the fifth season. In 11 starts this year, the former Rebel ace is 4-3 with a 2.97 ERA. He is holding hitters to a .192 average through 63.2 innings of work. Against the Dodgers (May 23), Lynn allowed only one run on two hits over 8.0 innings to go along with 10 strikeouts. The franchise leader in postseason appearances, Lynn is looking to lead the Cardinals back to playing baseball through the end of October. (VIDEO: Lynn's 10 strikeouts in 10 seconds)
#31 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Boston Red Sox
Following the 2016 campaign in which he was a MLB All-Star for the San Diego Padres, Pomeranz is in his first full season with the Boston Red Sox. The American League club traded for the Rebel southpaw last July, and Pomeranz has become an important piece to the team's rotation. Pomeranz is a strikeout machine with 64 Ks in 51.0 innings. Facing the Texas Rangers (May 25), he struck out a career-high 11 over 6.0 innings, helping the Red Sox post 20 strikeouts throughout the victorious night. He also holds a 5-3 record with a 4.24 ERA over 10 starts. Making his debut in 2011, Pomeranz is a seven-year MLB veteran. (VIDEO-May 25: Pomeranz's career-high 11 strikeouts in 11 seconds)
#14 Alex Presley | OF | Detroit Tigers
Presley began the 2017 campaign in Triple-A, where he hit for the cycle in one game, before earning the call-up to the Tigers on May 28. In his first game for the Tigers, he ripped a double and scored a run. The former Rebel has played in six games since his promotion, with his biggest coming on June 3; Presley went 3-for-4 with three runs and a solo home run, capping off back-to-back home runs by the Tigers. Through six games, he is hitting at a .313 clip to go along with six runs scored. The Tigers are Presley's fifth team over the past eight seasons in Major League Baseball. (VIDEO-June 3: Presley's homer versus the White Sox)
#7 Seth Smith | RF | Baltimore Orioles
Smith was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Baltimore Orioles during the offseason, and he has found his place in the lineup as the team's starting right fielder. In 39 games, the former Rebel is hitting .268 to go along with 21 runs, six doubles and five home runs. He belted his fifth homer of the season versus Boston (June 2). Smith is in his 10th full season playing Major League Baseball. After beginning his career with the Colorado Rockies, he has made stops in Oakland, San Diego and Seattle. (VIDEO-June 2: Smith's leadoff homer)
#32 Stuart Turner | C | Cincinnati Reds
Turner was claimed by the Cincinnati Reds in December's Rule-5 Draft from the Minnesota Twins. The selection meant that the Rebel catcher had to make the Reds 25-man roster at the conclusion of Spring Training, or else he would be sent back to the Twins farm system. With the pressure on, Turner put together a strong spring to make the big league club. He made his debut April 6, knocking in a run for his first career RBI. Turner played 13 games for the Reds before heading to the 10-day disabled list. The 2013 Johnny Bench Award winner is now going through a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Louisville Bats. (VIDEO-April 24: Turner smacks RBI double)
#19 Bobby Wahl | RHP | Oakland Athletics
Wahl became the 47th Major League Baseball Reb when the Athletics called him up on May 3. Since that time, the right-handed reliever has made seven appearances. Wahl has recorded eight strikeouts over 7.2 innings of work. His best outing occurred in his third career MLB mound visit when he tossed a pair of scoreless frames versus the Detroit Tigers (May 7). Wahl is currently on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.
Minor League Baseball Rebels
#15 Will Allen | 1B | Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A-Advanced) - Detroit Tigers
Allen, a fan favorite throughout his Rebel days (which included being the captain on the 2014 College World Series team), has played in 45 games with the Lakeland Flying Tigers this year. After hitting seven home runs between his first two seasons as a Pro Reb, he has already matched that total in 2017. Allen also has 22 runs and 20 RBI to his credit. An All-American catcher during his time at Ole Miss, Allen has made a transition to first base in the professional ranks.
#14 Austin Anderson| 3B | Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A) - Baltimore Orioles
Another 2014 All-American for Ole Miss, Anderson has yet to appear in a game in 2017. Last season, the third baseman recorded 47 hits and 21 RBI in 53 games with the Delmarva Shorebirds.
#30 Aaron Barrett | RHP | Syracuse Chiefs (Triple-A) - Washington Nationals
Barrett is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss the entire 2016 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 (Double-A) - San Diego Padres
The third 2014 All-American part of the Rebels' run to Omaha, Bousfield is in the midst of his fourth season playing professional baseball. He has played in 31 games this year between the San Antonio Missions and the Lake Elsinore Storm, affiliates of the San Diego Padres. Bousfield is hitting at a .243 clip this season. Against Springfield (June 3), he tallied two of the team's six hits while also scoring a run.
#36 Matt Crouse | LHP | Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A) - Detroit Tigers
Crouse has spent most of his season with the Double-A Erie SeaWolves where he posted a 4-1 record in nine starts. However, the Rebel southpaw made a spot start with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens on May 26. Yesterday, he was called back to Toledo to inch one step closer to the Majors. In his last start (June 1), he allowed just one run over 7.0 innings.
#23 Chris Ellis | RHP | Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - St. Louis Cardinals
Ellis rose through the ranks as one of the Atlanta Braves' top prospects, and his value led to a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Rebel righty began the season up the road in Memphis, going 2-3 over 11 appearances that spanned 32.0 innings for the Triple-A Redbirds. Currently, Ellis is pitching for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals. He has made two starts for the team, striking out 11 and holding opposing hitters to a .200 average.
#32 David Goforth| RHP | Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A) - Milwaukee Brewers
Goforth pitched in one game for the Milwaukee Brewers this season, but he has spent the rest of 2017 with the team's Triple-A affiliate. For the Sky Sox, Goforth has totaled 16.0 innings over 16 appearances. He also boasts three saves to his credit, including a pair throughout his last three outings. Against Oklahoma City (June 1-2), Goforth did not allow a hit in a combined 1.2 innings to earn the two saves.
#11 Henri Lartigue | C | Lakewood BlueClaws (Class A) - Philadelphia Phillies
One year after earning first team All-SEC honors and getting selected in the seventh round of the 2016 MLB Draft, Lartigue is hitting .254 for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. The BlueClaws had another Rebel on the club last season in Jacob Waguespack, who has since been promoted through the Philadelphia Phillies farm system. In 38 games, Lartigue has 36 hits which include 10 doubles, three triples and two home runs. The catcher has also been impressive behind the dish, throwing out 9-of-22 baserunners for a .409 caught stealing clip. On the first day of June, Lartigue produces a pair of hits, including a home run, to go along with two runs and two RBI.
#15 Braxton Lee | CF | Montgomery Biscuits (Double-A) - Tampa Bay Rays
Lee is having a big season to this point, hitting .320 over 52 games for the Montgomery Biscuits. He has produced 66 hits in 2017 to go along with 38 runs, seven doubles, two triples and two home runs. As the team's leadoff hitter, Lee has recorded at least one hit in eight of the last 10 games. The former Rebel outfielder is in his second season with the Biscuits and fourth overall in professional baseball. (VIDEO-April 21: Lee smacks a three-RBI double)
#59 Mike Mayers | RHP | Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - St. Louis Cardinals
Mayers has made 11 starts for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds this year, going 4-5 with a 4.73 ERA. The former Rebel has been impressive over his last two outings, tallying 17 strikeouts and surrendering only two earned runs in 13.0 innings. On Saturday (June 3), he earned the win by striking out 10 over 7.0 frames. Last year, Mayers made his MLB debut in July before earning a September call-up for the remainder of the Cardinals' season.
#8 Errol Robinson | SS | Great Lakes Loons (Class A) - Los Angeles Dodgers
After spending last season in rookie ball, Robinson was moved up to the Class A Great Lakes Loons. There, the Rebel shortstop holds a .250 batting average with 12 runs and 12 RBI in 20 games. He also has three homers to his credit. Robinson's biggest game of his professional career occurred this past Sunday (June 4); he went 4-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a triple to lead his team to victory. The fan favorite and starting shortstop at Ole Miss from 2014-16, Robinson was drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and decided to take his play to the professional level.
#18 Cody Satterwhite | RHP | Syracuse Chiefs (Triple-A) - Washington Nationals
In 2016, Satterwhite decided to take his talents to Japan to continue his professional baseball career. However, the Rebel is back in the United State after signing with the Washington Nationals during the offseason. Satterwhite has pitched 14.0 innings over eight appearances for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. In his last outing, he tied a season high with 3.0 innings of relief and gave up only one run.
#17 Wyatt Short| LHP | South Bend Cubs (Class A) - Chicago Cubs
After his 2016 rookie season in which he did not allow an earned run over 15.0 innings for the Eugene Emeralds, Short was promoted to the South Bend Cubs for 2017. In 16 appearances for the Chicago Cubs Class A affiliate, the southpaw is 1-0 with a 3.43 ERA and five saves this year. Tallying 21.0 innings on the mound thus far, Short has also earned saves in each of his previous two outings. The former Ole Miss closer was drafted by the Cubs in the 13th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
#30 Chad Smith| RHP | Greensboro Grasshoppers (Class A) - Miami Marlins
Smith has been an effective reliever for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, Class A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. In 11 appearances that total 14.0 innings, the former Rebel is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA. He is holding opponents to a .212 batting average and also has a save to his credit. Moreover, Smith has not allowed an earned run over his last five outings (8.0 innings). After spending one season at Ole Miss, Smith was drafted in the 13th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Marlins.
#32 Matt Snyder | 1B | Trenton Thunder (Double-A) - New York Yankees
Snyder began his 2017 season with the Tampa Yankees, playing in 22 games before getting moved up to the Trenton Thunder. He tallied 17 hits, including six doubles and three homers, for Tampa. Battling injuries throughout his professional career, Snyder is currently on the Trenton Thunder's disabled list and has not played in a game since May 11.
#40 Matt Tracy | LHP | Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A) - Minnesota Twins
During the offseason, Tracy signed with the Minnesota Twins and was assigned to the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. In 11 appearances, including eight starts, Tracy is 3-4 with a 3.98 ERA over 54.1 innings. He earned a victory in relief by tossing 4.0 frames versus Birmingham (May 16). Tracy does have MLB experience, making his debut with the New York Yankees in 2015.
#18 Christian Trent | LHP | Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A) - Milwaukee Brewers
Trent has not made an appearance this season. Last year, 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.
#49 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Clearwater Threshers (Class A-Advanced) - Philadelphia Phillies
A free agent out of Ole Miss, Waguespack has put together an impressive start to his professional career by earning a promotion after each of his first two seasons. In 2017, the tall righty has pitched in 16 games for the Clearwater Threshers. He is 2-2 with a 2.97 ERA and one save over 30.1 innings. Recently, Waguespack moved into the team's rotation, holding a 2.00 ERA with 11 strikeouts between his two starts.
#18 Scott Weathersby | RHP | Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Advanced) - Houston Astros
Weathersby has not pitched yet in 2017. Last year, he recorded 78 strikeouts in 28 outings (94.1 innings) for the Lancaster JetHawks. Weathersby was selected by the Houston Astros in the 10th round of the 2015 MLB Draft.
#12 J.B. Woodman | CF | Lansing Lugnuts (Class A) - Toronto Blue Jays
Woodman has played in 45 games for the Lansing Lugnuts, tallying 45 hits to go along with 23 runs and 22 RBI. The Pro Reb has produced seven doubles, one triple and four home runs as well. In a three-game series against Lake County last week (May 30-June 1), Woodman hit .429 with four RBI and two runs. After an All-American season at Ole Miss in 2016, the outfielder was chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
#10 Austin Wright | LHP | Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A) - Colorado Rockies
Wright made seven appearances for the Hartford Yard Goats this 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, tossing a scoreless inning.
#11 Alex Yarbrough | 2B | Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Double-A) - Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins claimed Yarbrough off waivers during the offseason, assigning him to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Playing in 49 games, the former Rebel holds a .249 batting average with eight doubles, five triples and three home runs. The 2012 Ole Miss All-American had a big game last week (May 31), going 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Yarbrough finished a double shy of the cycle and led the Jumbo Shrimp to a 9-8 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.