June 7, 2018
Ole Miss Baseball has a history of student-athletes playing professionally following their careers as Rebels. Currently, six former Rebels are on Major League Baseball rosters or are free agents at the MLB level, while 26 others are working their way up through the minor leagues. Additionally, seven Rebels from this year's squad were selected in the 2018 MLB Draft. Throughout the year, OleMissSports.com will update Rebel fans about the current #ProRebs making their mark on professional baseball diamonds across the country.
Rebels in the 2018 MLB Draft
Ryan Rolison - Round 1, Pick 22 (Colorado Rockies)
Nick Fortes - Round 4, Pick 117 (Miami Marlins)
Brady Feigl - Round 5, Pick 143 (Oakland Athletics)
James McArthur - Round 12, Pick 347 (Philadelphia Phillies)
Ryan Olenek - Round 17, Pick 496 (San Francisco Giants)
Will Golsan - Round 26, Pick 786 (Colorado Rockies)
Parker Caracci - Round 37, Pick 1,106 (Toronto Blue Jays)
Major League Baseball Rebels
#2 Zack Cozart | 3B/INF | Los Angeles Angels
Cozart, a 2017 All-Star, has been a regular starter, appearing in 51 games for the Los Angeles Angels thus far this season. He has started at third base while also filling in at shortstop for eight games and second for 16. He’s hitting .225 with 12 doubles, two triples and five home runs. The Rebel has driven in 17 runs and scored 27. Cozart missed some time in late May with a forearm strain but returned on June 3 to go 1-for-3 with a run scored against the Texas Rangers. He’s made just four errors this season for a .974 fielding percentage.
#15 Braxton Lee | OF | Miami Marlins
Lee began the season on the Miami Marlins’ opening day roster and appeared in eight MLB games, hitting .176 with two RBI before being optioned to the Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes. Lee was hitting .186 in 12 games of action with New Orleans before landing on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. He's currently on assignment, rehabbing with the Class-A Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads. With two games under his belt, Lee is 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI as he works his way back to form.
#31 Lance Lynn | RHP | Minnesota Twins
Lynn joined the Minnesota Twins on March 12 and has made 11 starts this season, going 4-4 with a 5.46 ERA as the third man in the rotation. The 2008 first-rounder’s most recent start was perhaps his best of the season. He threw six innings, allowing just one run on two hits to beat the Cleveland Indians for his fourth win of the 2018 campaign.
#59 Mike Mayers | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals
Mayers has been an excellent arm in the St. Louis Cardinals organization this season, moving up and down between the Cardinals and their Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds. In 12 MLB appearances, Mayers is 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA over 15.2 innings of work. He’s allowed 17 hits while walking just four and allowing only four earned runs. At the Triple-A level, Mayers has a flawless 0.00 ERA with just four hits allowed in four appearances and 6.2 innings. Triple-A hitters are just .174 against Mayers, and the former Rebel righty boasts a 1.20 WHIP in the minors this season. His last MLB appearance came June 1, when he allowed no runs on just one hit in 0.2 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
#31 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Boston Red Sox
Pomeranz was placed on the 10-Day Disabled List on June 5 with biceps tendinitis. The former first-round draft pick is 1-3 in eight starts this season with a 6.67 ERA. He has struck out 25 batters this season as he has battled through 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 a free agent.
Minor League Baseball Rebels
#30 Anthony Alford | CF | Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A - Toronto Blue Jays)
Worked back from an early hamstring injury and has spent most of the season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. Has logged seven games with the Toronto Blue Jays, tallying a pair of hits and runs scored. Batting .188 with the Bisons but has heated up of late with three multi-hit games and six runs scored in a four-game span.
#7 Chris Coghlan | OF | Free Agent
Coughlan is a veteran utility player with 11 years of MLB experience, playing in more than 800 games. He began the season with the Toronto Blue Jays but was released and remains a free agent.
#14 Alex Presley | OF | Charlotte Knights (Triple-A – Chicago White Sox)
Presley opened the season with the Detroit Tigers Triple-A affiliate Norfolk Tides, batting .275 with five doubles and 19 runs scored in 26 games before joining the Chicago White Sox organization in mid-May. In nine games with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights, Presley is hitting .206 with seven RBI. He has opened the month of June strong with hits in every game so far this month, including a 2-for-4 day with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored on June 1 at Buffalo.
#15 Will Allen | C | Greensboro Grasshoppers (Class A – Miami Marlins)
Allen began the season in Class A-Advanced Florida State league for the Jupiter Hammerheads, batting .163 with eight hits, three doubles and six runs scored in 12 games. Has played in three contests for the Class A-Full Greensboro Grasshoppers, hitting .300 with a double two runs scored.
#30 Aaron Barrett | RHP | Syracuse Chiefs (Triple-A – Washington Nationals)
Barrett, a pitcher with a 3.47 ERA in MLB action over his career, is working his way back from a string of arm injuries, including Tommy John surgery and a broken arm. Read more on Barrett’s road to recovery from the Washington Post.
#20 Auston Bousfield | CF | El Paso Chihuahuas (Triple-A – San Diego Padres)
Bousfield began the season with the Double-A San Antonio Missions, hitting .250 with three doubles and seven runs scored over 12 games. He joined the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas on May 12 and has hit .215 with 10 runs scored and seven RBI in 22 games. Bousfield has had five multi-hit games at the Triple-A level, including a 3-for-5 day on May 23 against the Tacoma Rainiers.
#36 Matt Crouse | LHP | 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.
#23 Chris Ellis | RHP | Springfield Cardinals (Double-A – St. Louis Cardinals)
Ellis has made 14 appearances for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals this season, including seven starts. He is 3-0 with a 4.27 ERA and 55 strikeouts compared to just 16 walks. Opposing hitters are .231 against Ellis in 52.2 innings of work. Ellis has three starts with less than five hits allowed this season.
#32 David Goforth | RHP | Syracuse Chiefs (Triple-A – Washington Nationals)
Goforth has made 17 appearances in relief for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs this season. He is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a .248 batting average against. He has tallied nine scoreless appearances, most recently allowing no runs on just one hit with no walks and two strikeouts on June 2 against the Columbus Clippers.
#11 Henri Lartigue | C | Clearwater Threshers (Class A-Advanced – Philadelphia Phillies)
Lartigue has played in 33 games, tallying 32 hits in 125 at-bats (.256) for the Class A-Advanced Clearwater Threshers this season. Lartigue has 11 extra-base hits (6 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR) for a .408 slugging percentage with 13 RBI and 15 runs scored. On May 25 at the Palm Beach Cardinals, the catcher had two triples as part of a 3-for-5 day.
#8 Errol Robinson | SS | Tulsa Drillers (Double-A – Los Angeles Dodgers)
Robinson has played in 48 games for the Tulsa Trillers this season. The former Rebel shortstop has racked up 43 hits, including seven doubles and four home runs. He hit a grand slam on opening day, one of four homers so far on the season. He’s added seven doubles, driving in 19 runs and scoring another 19. On May 22, Robinson had a spectacular day with two home runs and a double on the road against the San Antonio Missions.
#18 Cody Satterwhite | RHP | Free Agent
Satterwhite opened the season with the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. He made three appearances in May but was released on May 31.
#34 Wyatt Short | LHP | Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Class A-Advanced – Chicago Cubs)
Short has been excellent for the Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans this season, maintaining a 1.88 ERA over 18 appearances with four saves. In 24.0 innings of work, he has allowed just six runs on 14 hits and 11 walks, striking out 30 along the way. Opposing hitters are just .159 against Short as the former Rebel closer boasts a 1.04 WHIP. His most recent save came as a 1.1-inning outing, in which he was perfect, striking out all four batters he faced against the Down East Wood Ducks.
#30 Chad Smith | RHP | Jupiter Hammerheads (Class A-Advanced – Miami Marlins)
Smith has been stellar in six appearances for the Class A-Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads. The right-hander is 1-0 with a flawless 0.00 ERA in nine innings with two saves in two opportunities. He has allowed just three hits and hasn’t walked a batter while striking out 12. His opposing batting average is .107, and he has maintained a miniscule 0.33 WHIP.
#32 Matt Snyder | 1B | Trenton Thunder (Double-A – New York Yankees)
Snyder continues to battle his way through injuries playing for the Double-A Trenton Thunder in the New York Yankees’ system. Snyder has played in four games this season, getting a hit in all four for a .267 batting average. He is currently on the disabled list for the Thunder.
#40 Matt Tracy | LHP | New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Double-A – Toronto Blue Jays)
Tracy was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays at the beginning of the 2018 season and assigned to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
#18 Christian Trent | LHP | Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A – Milwaukee Brewers)
Trent has not made an appearance in 2018. 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)
Turner has played 12 games for the Triple-A Louisville Bats and is batting .150 with four walks, four RBI and two runs scored.
#49 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A – Philadelphia Phillies)
Waguespack has made 11 appearances and seven starts between the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs and the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils. The righty has complied a 4.28 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched this season.
#19 Bobby Wahl | RHP | Nashville Sounds (Triple-A – Oakland Athletics)
Wahl has been outstanding for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds this season, going 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 20 appearances. He’s a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities and has allowed just 12 hits and eight runs in 25 innings of work, striking out 37. His WHIP stands at 0.80, and opposing hitters have batted just .141 against the reliever. He made his first start of the season on June 3, going 2.0 hitless innings, striking out four.
#12 J.B. Woodman | CF | Palm Beach Cardinals (Class A-Advanced – St. Louis Cardinals)
Woodman is putting together a solid third year in Class A. In 30 games with the Palm Beach Cardinals, Woodman is hitting .270 with five home runs and 18 RBI. He boasts seven multi-hit games, including a recent 2-for-4 night with a home run and three RBI on the road against the Fort Myers Miracle.
#10 Austin Wright | LHP | Free Agent
Austin Wright signed with the Tampa Bay Rays in February and was assigned to the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits. Wright made six appearances for the Biscuits but was released on May 3.
#25 David Parkinson | LHP | Lakewood BlueClaws (Class A-Full – Philadelphia Phillies)
Parkinson had put together a fantastic second season in professional ball. In nine starts for the Class A-Full Lakewood BlueClaws, Parkinson is 4-1 with a 1.34 ERA. He has struck out 55 while walking 18 and allowing just 17 hits in 47.0 innings of work. He boasts a stellar WHIP at 1.17 and an opponent batting average of .210. Parkinson has gone three straight starts without allowing an earned run. He threw a seven-inning one-hitter to beat the Hagerstown Suns on May 21. On June 3, Parkinson allowed just two hits in seven innings of work, striking out nine in an outstanding no-decision outing.
#20 Tate Blackman | 2B | Kannapolis Intimidators (Class A-Full – Chicago White Sox)
Blackman is amid an excellent season at the plate for the Class A-Full Kannapolis Intimidators. The former Rebel second baseman is hitting .299 through 54 games. He has eight doubles, a triple and six home runs, as well as 30 RBI and 28 runs scored. He has 16 multi-hit games this season, including three straight from May 30 - June 2. He hit his first triple of the season and the second of his professional career on June 6.
#48 Colby Bortles | 3B | West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A-Full – Detroit Tigers)
Bortles has 12 doubles and a pair of home runs this season as he is batting .251 overall for the Class A-Full West Michigan Whitecaps. The former Rebel third baseman has driven in 24 runs and scored another 19 in his second season at the professional level. Bortles recently had a 3-for-4 outing with a double on June 5 against the Great Lakes Loons.
#2 Kyle Watson | SS | West Virginia Power (Class A-Full – Pittsburgh Pirates)
Watson has transitioned to shortstop for the Class A-Full West Virginia Power. He’s hitting .216 over 43 games with seven doubles, two triples and three homers. He’s driven in 17 runs and scored 22 with 30 hits to his credit. His best game of the season thus far came on May 10—a 3-for-5 day with one home run and three RBI. He had another multi-RBI day recently, driving in two with a double on June 5.
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