June 24, 2015
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, while 21 others are working their way up through the minor leagues. Each week during 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 2015 season. For a complete look of season stats for #ProRebs, click here.
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Major League Baseball Rebels
#30 Aaron Barrett | RHP | Washington Nationals
Barrett was the latest former Rebel in MLB to get hit with the injury bug as strained biceps placed him on the 15-day disabled list, June 13. In 30 games out of the bullpen, the former Rebel has a 3-2 record on the mound, already matching his win total from his 2014 rookie campaign.
#8 Chris Coghlan | LF | Chicago Cubs
Coghlan continues to increase his batting average as the season progresses. Last week, he bumped his average up six points to a .251 clip. On June 18, the former Rebel celebrated his 30th birthday and received new recognition; with two players sitting out games the night before, Coghlan became known as baseball’s new “Iron Man” for holding the longest active streak of consecutive games played in Major League Baseball. He has appeared in 134 consecutive games, dating back to the 2014 season. Coghlan has also showed off his power at the plate this year with eight home runs, just one shy of his career-high. The left fielder hit nine home runs during the 2009 and 2014 seasons. The 2009 National League Rookie of the Year is in his second season with the Chicago Cubs. (VIDEO: Coghlan makes running catch-June 23)
#2 Zack Cozart | SS | Cincinnati Reds
Through one-third of the 2015 season, his fourth as the Reds’ starting shortstop, Cozart was on pace to post career bests in nearly every statistical category. However, he hurt his right knee in a June 10 game versus the Philadelphia Phillies, an injury that required season-ending surgery. Prior to the injury, the former Ole Miss shortstop was hitting .258 with 10 doubles and nine home runs. In the two games before he was sidelined, he smacked five hits, including two home runs, to lead the Reds to a pair of wins over the Phillies.
#31 Lance Lynn | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals
Lynn is currently spending time on the 15-day disabled list due a strain in his right forearm. The injury will keep the former Rebel off the mound for at least two starts, but the Cardinals are hopeful he will be able to return next week. Lynn is a regular in the Cardinals’ rotation for the fourth consecutive season. He posts a record of 4-4 with a 3.07 ERA. Against Milwaukee, June 2, the right-hander picked up the win by throwing 7.2 scoreless innings. #13 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Oakland Athletics
Pomeranz has become comfortable in the bullpen since coming back from the disabled list. Since his return, the lefty has allowed just two runs over 10 relief appearances. Last night, June 23, the former Rebel earned the first save of his career by holding the Texas Rangers scoreless for 1.2 innings. In just his second season with the Athletics following a three-year stint in Colorado, Pomeranz began the season in the team’s rotation before a shoulder injury placed him on the 15-day disabled list. The southpaw earned two victories prior to his injury, including his season debut in which he pitched seven scoreless innings against the Mariners. (VIDEO: Pomeranz earns his first MLB save-June 23
) #7 Seth Smith | DH/OF | Seattle Mariners
Smith is maintaining consistency at the plate, hitting .261 over the last seven games to keep his season batting average at that mark. The former Rebel also showed his versatility starting as the Mariners’ designated hitter, left fielder and right fielder in recent games. He has had 27 of his 52 hits go for extra bases, including his sixth home run of the season against the Astros, June 20. With three triples and 18 doubles, Smith is ranked 14th and 15th in the majors, respectively. Smith is in his first season in Seattle after getting traded by the San Diego Padres during the offseason. (VIDEO: Smith’s RBI single-June 23
Minor League Baseball Rebels
#30 Will Allen | C | Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season) – Detroit Tigers
Allen, a 2014 All-American for the Rebels, started his season with the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Last week he went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI in his final game with the club before being moved to the Connecticut Tigers. In two games with Connecticut, Allen has recorded a hit in both contests, increasing his hitting streak to four across the professional ranks.
#26 Auston Bousfield | CF | Lake Elsinore Storm (Class A Advanced) – San Diego Padres
Moving up to the Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm, Bousfield has knocked the cover off the ball in 2015. The 2014 All-American is hitting at a .300 clip through 56 games for the 13th-best batting average in the California League. The center fielder has also recorded a hit in 13 of his last 17 games. Bousfield also ranks fifth in the league with 15 stolen bases.
#11 Hawtin Buchanan | RHP | Clinton LumberKings (Class A) – Seattle Mariners
Buchanan has made eight appearances this season for the LumberKings and has not allowed a run in six of them. Last week, the former Rebel right-hander tossed 3.2 scoreless inning with six strikeouts over two outings.
#57 Matt Crouse | LHP | Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced) – Detroit Tigers
Crouse is having a solid 2015 campaign, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.29 ERA. In 12 appearances totaling 39.1 innings, the southpaw has struck out 29 hitters while issuing just four walks. In his only outing last week, the lefty tossed three scoreless innings of relief and struck out five to earn a win over Charlotte, June 18.
#34 Chris Ellis | RHP | Arkansas Travelers (Double-A) – Los Angeles Angels
Ellis, the No. 9 prospect for the Angles, was called up to the Double-A Arkansas Travelers week after dominating the California League as a member of the Inland Empire 66ers to start the season. Making the move up against better completion, the former Rebel continued to thrive on the mound. In three starts with the Travelers, Ellis is 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA through 17 innings of work. Last night, June 23, he lasted five innings to pick up the victory.
#32 David Goforth| RHP | Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A) – Milwaukee Brewers
Since returning to the Sky Sox after a brief stint with the Milwaukee Brewers, Goforth has not let the move affect his pitching as he continues to get the job done out of the bullpen. In his last 20 appearances between the big leagues and the minors, Goforth has allowed just two runs over 23.2 innings of work. Last week, he was called upon three times and pitched a total of four innings. Goforth initially got called up to the Brewers on May 25. One day later, the former Ole Miss pitcher made his major league debut versus the San Francisco Giants; he picked off a runner for his first MLB out before retiring his first big league hitter.
#50 Aaron Greenwood | RHP | Quad Cities River Bandits (Class A) – Houston Astros
Greenwood reported to the Quad Cities River Bandits in the middle of May and has been effective since making his arrival. The former Rebel right-hander has surrendered only one run over eight appearances, giving him an ERA of 0.71. Greenwood is also holding opposing hitters to a .158 average at the plate. He has not allowed a run in any of his last six outings, spanning 10.2 innings.
#27 R.J. Hively | RHP | Mobile BayBears (Double-A) – Arizona Diamondbacks
Hively has pitched in 19 games this season for the BayBears, making the majority of his appearances out of the bullpen. He has also made four starts, including his last three outings in which he combined to strike out 12 hitters.
#49 Josh Laxer | RHP | Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season) – Detroit Tigers
With the short season just underway, Laxer has not appeared in a game for the Tigers yet.
#30 Braxton Lee | CF | Charlotte Stone Crabs (Class A Advanced) – Tampa Bay Rays
Lee is hitting .282 through 57 games with the Stone Crabs. He has recorded 11 hits over his last 10 games to boast a batting average of .297 during that stretch.
Mike Mayers | RHP | Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) – St. Louis Cardinals
Mayers is currently on the disabled list, having last pitched on May 12. Earlier this season, May 2, the former Rebel tossed a four-hit complete-game shutout.
#25 Sikes Orvis | 1B | Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie) – Chicago White Sox
Less than a month ago, he was still a fan favorite in an Ole Miss uniform. Now, Orvis has taken his power and personality to the professional ranks after being selected in the 2015 MLB Draft. The slugger was chosen in the 17th round by the Chicago White Sox and quickly signed to begin his professional career. Orvis has played in four games for the Great Falls Voyagers, the White Sox’s rookie team, smacking a pair of hits and drawing three walks.
#25 Alex Presley | LF | Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A) – Houston Astros
Presley has produced for the Fresno Grizzlies in hopes of earning a call up to the majors. The former Ole Miss Rebel has hit .306 this season (55 games) for the Houston Astros’ Triple-A affiliate. Over the last 10 games, Presley is hitting at a .343 clip with 12 hits, seven runs and seven RBI. He went 3-for-3 and crossed the plate twice in a 7-2 victory over Las Vegas, June 20.
#55 Cody Satterwhite | RHP | Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A) – New York Mets
Satterwhite has been productive in the minor leagues and has worked his way up to the Mets’ Triple-A club this season. For the 51s, the former Rebel has made 28 appearances. Satterwhite has a 2-0 record to go along with a pair of saves; he has not allowed a run in 12 of his last 15 outings. In his last outing, June 20, the righty pitched 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
#44 Matt Snyder | 1B | Trenton Thunder (Double-A) – New York Yankees
Snyder returned to the field, June 17, for the first time since May 10 after being nagged with an injury. In his return, he went 1-for-3 for the Trenton Thunder. The former Reb has hit .359 in 28 games between the Trenton and the Tampa Yankees this season. Snyder was called up to the Thunder and played his first game with the club, May 8.
#55 Matt Tracy | LHP | Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A) – New York Yankees
Tracy is currently pitching for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Triple-A affiliate of the Yankees. He tossed 6.1 innings over two appearances last week, including an outing in which he pitched four scoreless frames. Earlier this season, April 11, Tracy was called up by the New York Yankees following a marathon game against the Boston Red Sox. Needing pitching in the bullpen, the lefty made his MLB debut against Boston, tossing a pair of innings.
#32 Christian Trent | LHP | Arizona League Brewers (Rookie) – Milwaukee Brewers
After being picked in the 24th round in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, Trent decided to sign with the club and begin his professional career. In his debut with the Brewers’ rookie league team in Arizona, June 22, Trent pitched a scoreless inning by retiring all three batters he faced.
#30 Stuart Turner | C | Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A) – Minnesota Twins
A 2013 All-American at Ole Miss, Turner has played in 47 games this season for the Lookouts. The catcher has three home runs to his credit and has crossed the plate a total of 18 times. He has also thrown out 12 baserunners in 2015.
#28 Bobby Wahl | RHP | Midland RockHounds (Double-A) – Oakland Athletics
Wahl has not pitched in a game since June 12. In 20 outings, the right-hander sports a 1-0 record with a 4.45 ERA. Wahl has also appeared out of the back end of the bullpen for the RockHounds, making four saves this season.
#37 Scott Weathersby | RHP | Tri-City ValleyCats (Class A Short Season) – Houston Astros
The Rebel drafted highest in the 2015 MLB Draft, selected in the 10th round of the Houston Astros, former Ole Miss pitcher Scott Weathersby started his professional career with a start last night, June 23. Just getting his feet wet as a pro pitcher, the right-hander tossed a pair of innings for the Tri-City ValleyCats.
#9 Alex Yarbrough | 2B | Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A) – Los Angeles Angels
For the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate Salt Lake Bees, Yarbrough is hitting at a .236 clip with 24 RBI. An All-American during his time at Ole Miss, Yarbrough is in his third full season in the minors as the Angels’ No. 14 prospect. He has been promoted after each year, and his next call up will be to the big leagues.