June 29, 2016
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 22 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 2016 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
A reliever for the Washington Nationals, Barrett has yet to pitch in a game this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last September. As he recovers from his surgery, he is on the club's 60-day disabled list. Barrett has spent the last two seasons in the Nationals' bullpen.
#8 Chris Coghlan | LF | Chicago Cubs
After being named National League Rookie of the Year in 2009, Coghlan has remained in the Majors for eight seasons. The former Rebel spent the past two seasons with the Chicago Cubs before the team traded him to the Oakland Athletics in February. However, he didn't spend much time in Oakland. After 51 games with the A's, Coghlan returned to the "Windy City" as the Cubs made a trade to get their prized utility player back. Since the June 9 trade, Coghlan has played in 17 games for the National League leaders, scoring nine runs. (VIDEO -- June 27: Coghlan scores on a Jason Heyward single)
#2 Zack Cozart | SS | Cincinnati Reds
Cozart's strong 2015 campaign was cut short due to a knee injury that required season-ending surgery. However, the former Rebel hasn't missed a beat returning to the field as the Cincinnati Reds' starting shortstop for the fifth consecutive season. In 69 games, Cozart is hitting .267 with 70 hits, 42 runs and 31 RBI. Among shortstops, he is one of the leaders in doubles (19) and home runs (11). Before the All-Star break, Cozart is already just four homers shy of his career high (15) set back in 2012. (VIDEO -- June 27: Cozart starts a double play)
#31 Lance Lynn | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals
Lynn is another Major League Rebel that will be sidelined for the 2016 season. Like Barrett, Lynn underwent Tommy John surgery (November 2015) and is currently on the 60-day disabled list. As a focal point in the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation for the past four seasons, the right-hander has started more games than any other pitcher on the team since 2012. Lynn is also the franchise leader in postseason appearances. (STORY: Lynn taking on a mentor role in 2016
) #13 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | San Diego Padres
Pomeranz spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Athletics before getting traded to the San Diego Padres last December. Returning to the National League where he began his Major League career in 2011, the southpaw has been sharp with a 2.76 ERA in 15 starts. Pomeranz is 7-7 overall, posting 102 strikeouts over 88.0 innings. In his last start, the former Rebel put together a memorable day on the diamond; not only did Pomeranz toss seven scoreless innings, but he also knocked in two of his team's three runs at the plate to lead the Padres to a 3-0 victory over the Reds (June 25). Moreover, one of his hits was a solo home run, the second of his career, proving to be a pitcher that can hit as well. As a quality left-handed starter, Pomeranz has become a popular name in trade talks as playoff contenders look to improve their rotation. (STORY-June 25: Pomeranz has career day across the diamond in win
#15 Alex Presley | RF | Milwaukee Brewers
Signing with the Milwaukee Brewers in December, Presley is with his fourth MLB ballclub over his seven-year career. After starting out on fire in Triple-A to begin the 2016 season, the former Rebel earned a call up to the Brewers (April 21). Since then, Presley has played in 47 games for Milwaukee, tallying 23 hits, 12 runs and 11 RBI. He also has three home runs to his credit. (VIDEO-June 15: Presley knocks in a run on an infield single)
#7 Seth Smith | RF | Seattle Mariners
In his ninth season as a regular in Major League Baseball, Seth Smith is hitting .258 for the Seattle Mariners. The outfielder has played in 66 games over his second season in Seattle, tallying 31 runs and 27 RBI for the club. He also has seven doubles and six home runs at the plate. Smith has split time in left and right field, making 52 starts between the two positions. (VIDEO-June 25: Smith makes catch, avoids fan)
Minor League Baseball Rebels
#16 Will Allen | 1B | West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A) -- Detroit Tigers
Following an All-Star season as a rookie and member of the Connecticut Tigers, Allen continues to move up Detroit's farm system. The former Ole Miss All-American catcher has also made the transition from behind the plate to first base. In 71 games with the Class A affiliate West Michigan Whitecaps, Allen is hitting at a .255 clip with 67 hits, 42 RBI and 21 runs. He also has 22 doubles to his credit, which ranks second in the Midwest League. Allen's 42 RBI also crack the league's top five among all hitters. (VIDEO-June 2: Allen goes deep for a solo homer)
#14 Austin Anderson| 3B | Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A) -- Baltimore Orioles
Another 2014 All-American for Ole Miss, Anderson is in his first full season of professional baseball. In 24 games for the Delmarva Shorebirds, the third baseman has 18 hits and eight RBI. He's starting to find his stride at the plate, recording at least one hit in four of his last five games, including a pair of multi-hit contests.
#9 Auston Bousfield | CF | San Antonio Missions (Double-A) -- San Diego Padres
After spending the second half of the 2015 season with the San Antonio Missions, Bousfield has maintained his spot on the team this year. He has nine doubles and three home runs through 67 games, while also adding eight steals. One of three 2014 All-Americans from Ole Miss, the center fielder has been an important piece of the Missions' defense. (VIDEO-May 22: Bousfield makes a diving catch)
#27 Matt Crouse | LHP | Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A) -- Detroit Tigers
Crouse has earned a promotion in each of the past two seasons and is now just one step away from the big leagues. Starting out the year with the Double-A Erie SeaWolves, the lefty was called up to the Toledo Mud Hens (May 26), Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. In one month with the Mud Hens, Crouse has made six starts, posting a 2-2 record with a 2.45 ERA. In his last outing (June 24), the former Rebel pitched seven scoreless innings to earn a win over Syracuse.
#60 Chris Ellis | RHP | Gwinnett Braves (Triple-A) -- Atlanta Braves
Ellis had an impressive rookie season in the Los Angeles Angels organization before he was involved in an offseason blockbuster trade that included Andrelton Simmons and Erick Aybar. Getting sent to the Braves, the former Rebel returned to the state where he spent his college career. Ellis started the 2016 campaign with the Mississippi Braves and immediately made a major impact for the team. In 13 starts in Mississippi, Ellis went 8-2 with a 2.75 ERA over 78.0 innings, which earned him the starting nod in the 2016 Southern League All-Star Game. However, the righty was called up to the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves four days before the game and instead left to pitch for his new team, one step closer to Major League Baseball. (VIDEO-June 7 Ellis records his fourth strikeout of the game)
#32 David Goforth| RHP | Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A) -- Milwaukee Brewers
Goforth has spent the 2016 jumping up and down between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The former Rebel pitcher was called up by the Brewers twice, making seven appearances for the Major League Baseball team. Currently, Goforth is with the Spring Sox, posting a 3.77 ERA in 22 appearances spanning 31.0 innings. He also has a 1-1 record and a pair of saves to his credit.
#40 Henri Lartigue | C | Williamsport Crosscutters (Class A Short Season) -- Philadelphia Phillies
Less than a month ago, Lartigue was the Rebels' leading hitter and a Johnny Bench Award semifinalist. Now, he has begun his professional career after getting drafted in the seventh round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. As one of the newest Pro Rebs, Lartigue has only played in two games for the Williamsport Crosscutters, a team that had former Rebel Jacob Waguespack on its roster last season.
#18 Josh Laxer | RHP | West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A) -- Detroit Tigers
Laxer missed the entire 2015 season due to injury, but he's back this year as a member of the West Michigan Whitecaps alongside former Rebel teammate Will Allen. Laxer has made 16 appearances in 2016, pitching 23.0 innings and holding a 3.91 ERA. The right-handed reliever has not allowed a run in his last four outings (6.0 innings).
#15 Braxton Lee | CF | Montgomery Biscuits (Double-A) -- Tampa Bay Rays
After helping lead the Charlotte Stone Crabs to a 2015 Florida State League Championship, Lee was promoted to the Montgomery Biscuits, Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. The former Rebel has played in 59 games for the Biscuits this season as the team's leadoff hitter. Last week, he went 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run to lead the team to a 10-9 win over Biloxi (June 24).
#66 Mike Mayers | RHP | Memphis (Triple-A) -- St. Louis Cardinals
Injuries plagued Mayers throughout the 2015 season, but the former Rebel is back to full health and making a push for the Majors. After going 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA in nine starts for the Springfield Cardinals, where he became a Texas League All-Star, Mayers was promoted to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. In Memphis, he had started six contests, going 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA over 34.0 innings. Mayers tossed six scoreless frames to collect a win against the Iowa Cubs (June 19).
#9 Errol Robinson | SS | Ogden Raptors (Rookie) -- Los Angeles Dodgers
The fan favorite and starting shortstop at Ole Miss over the past three seasons has decided to take his play to the professional level. Robinson was drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and is now a member of the organization's rookie club, the Ogden Raptors. Through seven games as one of the newest Pro Rebs, Robinson has tallied six hits, four runs and three RBI. Last night (June 28), he smacked two doubles and scored two runs to help the Raptors win a 12-11 slugfest.
#55 Cody Satterwhite | RHP | Hanshin Tigers -- Nippon Professional Baseball (Japan)
Satterwhite began the 2016 season as a member of the Salt Lake Bees, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. The former Rebel was electric with the club, going 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 18 appearances that spanned 25.0 innings. He allowed earned runs in just two of his outings, recording 22 strikeouts and walking only eight. Having one of the best seasons of his professional career, Satterwhite decided to take his talents to Japan, signing a contract with the Hanshin Tigers.
#38 Chad Smith| RHP | Gulf Coast League Marlins (Rookie) -- Miami Marlins
Selected in the MLB Draft for the second straight year, this time in the 13th round by the Miami Marlins, Smith decided his season at Ole Miss prepared him to make the jump to the pros. The former Rebel right hander was assigned to the Miami Marlins rookie league team, where has made two appearances (1.1 innings).
#29 Matt Snyder | 1B | Trenton Thunder (Double-A) -- New York Yankees
Snyder is currently on the seven-day disabled list and has not played in a game since June 11. The 2015 season also featured nagging injuries for the former Rebel. In five games with the Trenton Thunder this year, Snyder has gone 4-for-19 with two RBI and one run. He also played in three games with the Tampa Yankees, hitting at a .500 clip.
#31 Matt Tracy | LHP | Jupiter Hammerheads (Class A Advanced) -- Miami Marlins
Despite going 3-1 as a member of the Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankess, Tracy was released and needed to find a new home to continue his professional career. It didn't take long as he was signed by the Miami Marlins. The former Rebel southpaw made his debut for the organization last night (June 28), tossing 2.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn a victory for the Jupiter Hammerheads.
#32 Christian Trent | LHP | Arizona League Brewers (Rookie) -- Milwaukee Brewers
A 2015 MLB draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers, Trent has not started his 2016 campaign yet. Between the Arizona League Brewers and the Helena Brewers, two rookie league clubs for Milwaukee, Trent went 2-1 with a 4.04 ERA last season.
#30 Stuart Turner | C | Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A) -- Minnesota Twins
Turner is in his second season as the starting catcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts. The former Rebel catcher, the 2013 winner of the Johnny Bench Award, has played in 51 games this year for the Minnesota Twins' Double-A affiliate. Turner has recorded 34 hits, 18 runs, 14 RBI, nine doubles and three home runs at the plate. Meanwhile, he's thrown out eight baserunners behind the dish.
#15 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Lakewood BlueClaws (Class A) -- Philadelphia Phillies
Following a rookie season in which he helped the Williamsport Crosscutters capture a division crown, Waguespack was promoted to the Lakewood BlueClaws. The former Rebel has continued to look impressive, going 4-1 with four saves and a 3.40 ERA in 25 appearances. Waguespack has punched out 38 hitters through 42.1 innings out of the bullpen.
#28 Bobby Wahl | RHP | Midland RockHounds (Double-A) -- Oakland Athletics
Wahl has been an effective reliever in his second year with the Midland RockHounds. In 20 appearances, the 2013 All-American has a 2.96 ERA and 30 strikeouts over 27.1 innings. Wahl is holding opposing hitters to a .215 average at the plate. Through his last 10 outings, the former Rebel boasts a 1.69 ERA to go along with 14 strikeouts.
#18 Scott Weathersby | RHP | Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Advanced) -- Houston Astros
Weathersby was a reliable reliever throughout his Ole Miss career, but the former Rebel has transitioned into a starting role for the Lancaster JetHawks, affiliate of the Houston Astros. Eight of Weathersby's 13 outings have been starts. In 56.0 innings, he has recorded 40 strikeouts and holds a 2-4 record. In his full-season debut, Weathersby tossed six scoreless innings (April 13). (STORY-April 13: Weathersby gets hot in full-season debut)
#6 J.B. Woodman | OF | Vancouver Canadians (Class A Short Season) -- Toronto Blue Jays
While he continues to earn All-America honors as the 2016 college baseball season comes to a close, Woodman has already started his professional career. After the Toronto Blue Jays picked the Ole Miss outfielder in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft, Woodman signed with the club and was sent to the Vancouver Canadians. In his first seven games as a professional, the new Pro Reb has four hits, three runs and two RBI.
#10 Austin Wright | LHP | Mobile BayBears (Double-A) -- Arizona Diamondbacks
Following a year of independent league baseball in 2015, Wright signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2016 campaign. He immediately made his mark with the Class A Visalia Rawhide, going 2-0 with a 0.46 ERA in 16 relief outings. Adding 26 strikeouts over 19.2 innings, the former Rebel earned a promotion to the Mobile BayBears, where he has a 3.18 ERA in 10 appearances. In a series against the Birmingham Barons last week, Wright pitched five innings over three outings without allowing a run to cross the plate.
#9 Alex Yarbrough | 2B | Arkansas Travelers (Double-A) -- Los Angeles Angels
This season, Yarbrough has played in 67 games for the Arkansas Travelers, Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. The former Rebel has tallied 69 hits for a .259 batting average to go along with 27 RBI and 26 runs. Yarbrough has also showed some pop at the plate to the tune of 15 doubles, two triples and two home runs. The second baseman is in his fifth year with the Angels organization.