July 8, 2015
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 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 disabled list since 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
It was a busy week for Coghlan, who has played in eight games over the past seven days, including a doubleheader yesterday versus the Cardinals. Coghlan is currently baseball’s active “Iron Man” for holding the longest active streak of consecutive games played in Major League Baseball. He has appeared in 148 consecutive games dating back to the 2014 season. With the Cubs leading 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth, July 5, the former Rebel delivered a RBI single to give his team some breathing room. 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’s RBI single-July 5)
#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
After spending time on the 15-day disabled list due a strain in his right forearm, Lynn has returned to the Cardinals’ rotation without missing a beat. In his three starts since coming off the disabled list, the right-hander has surrendered only one earned run over 19.0 innings to go along with 20 strikeouts. He limited the Padres to just one unearned run on three hits, striking out eight over seven innings to pick up the victory in his latest outing. The pitcher even showed off his bat with a 2-for-2 performance at the dish, including a ground-rule double, crossing the plate both times he got on base. Lynn is a regular in the Cardinals’ rotation for the fourth consecutive season and currently posts a record of 6-4 with a 2.53 ERA. (VIDEO: Lynn helps himself with two hits and two runs-July 5
) (VIDEO: Lynn allows one unearned run, fans eight-July 5
) #13 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Oakland Athletics
Pomeranz has become comfortable out of the bullpen since coming back from the disabled list. Since his return, the lefty has allowed just two runs over 17 relief appearances. In fact, he has not surrendered a run in his last nine outings, including four over the past week. Pomeranz tossed two perfect innings of relief in his last appearance to earn a win over the New York Yankees, July 7. The southpaw is 3-3 this season with a 3.53 ERA in 25 total trips to the mound. 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.
#3 Alex Presley | LF | Houston Astros
After hitting .308 for the Fresno Grizzlies, the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate, Presley made his return to the big leagues as he was called up to replace an injured George Springer, July 2. The next day, the former Rebel got the start and made an immediate impact for the Astros, going 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI in his 2015 MLB debut. Over the past five days, Presley has played in four games for Houston, hitting at a .300 clip. (VIDEO: Presley’s single gives Astros the lead-July 3)
#7 Seth Smith | DH/OF | Seattle Mariners
Smith is having a hot week, currently riding a five-game hitting streak. The former Rebel provided clutch hits against divisional rival Oakland, blasting a home run in the first game of the series, July 3, before his two-RBI base knock gave the Mariners a 2-1 victory in the series finale, July 5. Smith is hitting .261 in 2015, serving as the Mariners’ designated hitter, left fielder and right fielder at different times throughout this season. He has had 28 of his 58 hits go for extra bases, including 18 doubles, three triples and seven home runs. Smith is in his first season in Seattle after getting traded by the San Diego Padres during the offseason. (VIDEO: Smith’s two-run single-July 5)
Minor League Baseball Rebels
#30 Will Allen | C | Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season) – Detroit Tigers
Allen, a 2014 All-American for the Rebels, has played in 12 games for the Connecticut Tigers this season. The catcher is hitting .244, but has seven hits over his last six contests to continue to bump up his average.
#26 Auston Bousfield | CF | Lake Elsinore Storm (Class A Advanced) – San Diego Padres
Bousfield recorded a pair of multi-hit games last week, including a 3-for-5 night against Visalia in which he knocked in two runs to spark a four-run seventh inning and a comeback victory. Moving up to the Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm, he has knocked the cover off the ball in 2015. The 2014 All-American is hitting at a .290 clip through 68 games for the 18th-best batting average in the California League. Bousfield also ranks sixth in the league with 15 stolen bases.
#11 Hawtin Buchanan | RHP | Clinton LumberKings (Class A) – Seattle Mariners
Buchanan has made 10 appearances this season for the LumberKings and has not allowed a run in seven of them. The right-hander continues to see his ERA drop, giving up only one run over the last 9.1 innings. He pitched one inning last week, allowing one run on two hits to go along with a pair of strikeouts.
#27 Matt Crouse | LHP | Erie SeaWolves (Double-A) – Detroit Tigers
After posting a 4-2 record with a 2.45 ERA for the Lakeland Flying Tigers, Crouse was promoted to the Double-A Erie SeaWolves last week. Making his Erie debut, July 6, the former Rebel tossed two scoreless innings. As a member of the Flying Tigers, Crouse pitched in 14 games totaling 49.1 innings, striking out 33 hitters and issuing just six walks.
#34 Chris Ellis | RHP | Arkansas Travelers (Double-A) – Los Angeles Angels
In five starts with the Arkansas Travelers, Ellis is 3-0 through 26.1 innings of work. The No. 9 prospect for the Angels was called up to the Double-A club after dominating the California League as a member of the Inland Empire 66ers to start the season. Making the move up against better competition, the former Rebel continued to thrive on the mound. In his last outing, the right-hander struck out seven, the most since joining his new team.
#32 David Goforth| RHP | Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A) – Milwaukee Brewers
Despite pitching just once over the past week, Goforth had a busy week. After striking out all three hitters he faced in a relief appearance, July 2, the former Rebel was called up to the Brewers for the second time this season. However, he did not make an appearance in Milwaukee and returned to the Sky Sox on Tuesday. Nonetheless, Goforth has not let the movements affect his pitching as he continues to get the job done out of the bullpen. In his last 24 appearances between the big leagues and the minors, Goforth has allowed just three runs over 27.1 innings of work. He first 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.
#6 Aaron Greenwood | RHP | Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Advanced) – Houston Astros
Greenwood reported to the Quad Cities River Bandits in the middle of May and was effective immediately upon arrival, earning him a call up to the Lancaster JetHawks. Making his first three appearances as a JetHawk last week, Greenwood earned a victory and a save over a combined 7.1 innings of work. He pitched two scoreless innings on July 3 to collect the save before his three scoreless frames secured him a win, July 6. Prior to his promotion, the former Rebel right-hander surrendered only one run over nine appearances, giving him an ERA of 0.63 for Quad Cities.
#25 R.J. Hively | RHP | Visalia Rawhide (Class A Advanced) – Arizona Diamondbacks
Hively pitched in 19 games this season for the Mobile BayBears before making the transition to the Visalia Rawhide. Since joining the Rawhide, the right-hander has made a pair of starts and has struck out 13 hitters over eight innings.
#49 Josh Laxer | RHP | Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season) – Detroit Tigers
Laxer has not appeared in a game for the Tigers yet, spending time on the disabled list.
#30 Braxton Lee | CF | Charlotte Stone Crabs (Class A Advanced) – Tampa Bay Rays
Lee has a .300 batting average over his last 10 games. Overall on the season, he is hitting .280 through 69 games with the Stone Crabs. The former Rebel has crossed the plate 35 times this season to go along with 61 hits.
#53 Mike Mayers | RHP | GCL Cardinals (Rookie) – St. Louis Cardinals
After spending nearly two months on the disabled list, Mayers returned to action by getting some work as a member of the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. In his rehab outing, Mayers pitched two effective innings without allowing a run and surrendering just one hit. Regaining his health, he will look to quickly return to the Double-A Springfield Cardinals.
#25 Sikes Orvis | 1B | Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie) – Chicago White Sox
Orvis has played in 10 games for the Great Falls Voyagers, the White Sox’s rookie team, recording eight hits and nine runs. He is currently riding a five-game winning streak with six hits and seven runs during the stretch. 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.
#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 32 appearances out of the bullpen. Satterwhite has a 2-0 record to go along with a pair of saves; he has also tossed two-or-more innings in each of his last four outings.
#29 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, but unfortunately had to return to the disabled list. 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 | Trenton Thunder (Double-A) – New York Yankees
Tracy is currently a teammate of fellow Rebel Matt Snyder, pitching for the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the Yankees. In a start versus Altoona last week, the former Ole Miss lefty did not allow an earned run over five innings. 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. That performance moved the southpaw up to the Helena Brewers, where he has made three appearances. His last outing was the first start as a pro against Billings on the Fourth of July; he went three innings without allowing a run.
#30 Stuart Turner | C | Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A) – Minnesota Twins
A 2013 All-American at Ole Miss, Turner has played in 55 games this season for the Lookouts. The catcher has three home runs to his credit and has crossed the plate a total of 20 times. He has also thrown out 15 baserunners in 2015. Last night, he recorded a two-out RBI, one-of-two hits by the Lookouts with runners in scoring position.
#62 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Gulf Coast League Phillies (Rookie) – Philadelphia Phillies
Waguespack, who signed as a free agent with the Phillies following the 2015 MLB Draft, has made two appearances as one of the newest professional Rebels. His more recent outing, July 4, was the better of the two; the former Rebel allowed one run on two hits in 1.1 innings of work for the Gulf Coach League Phillies.
#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, Weathersby has made three appearances for the Tri-City ValleyCats. The right-hander has pitched a total of 6.1 innings, tossing at least two innings in each outing.
#9 Alex Yarbrough | 2B | Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A) – Los Angeles Angels
For the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate Salt Lake Bees, Yarbrough knocked in five runs over the past week. The former Rebel has four multi-hit games over the last 10 to increase his total to 80 on the season. In 2015, Yarbrough is hitting at a .244 clip with 34 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.