July 15, 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
After spending nearly an entire month on the disabled list, Barrett returned to action on July 10 against Baltimore. The right-hander was in top form, pitching a perfect inning of relief and striking out two of the three Orioles he faced. In 31 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. (VIDEO: Barrett fans two in return from DL-July 10)
#8 Chris Coghlan | LF | Chicago Cubs
Coghlan saw his reign as Major League Baseball's active "Iron Man" come to an end on Sunday after not appearing in a game against the White Sox. The off day ended Coghlan's consecutive-games streak at 150 contests, heading into the All-Star break. The former Rebels has eight home runs this season, 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.
#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 currently posts a record of 6-5 with a 2.90 ERA. After spending two weeks on the disabled list in June, Lynn returned sharp as can be in his first three starts back, allowing only one earned run over 19.0 innings to go along with 20 strikeouts. However, in his latest start, the former Rebel suffered a loss against the Pirates, his first setback since May 22. While it was a rare off night for the right-hander, Lynn has 102 strikeouts over 96.2 innings at the All-Star break. Lynn is a regular in the Cardinals' rotation for the fourth consecutive season. #13 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Oakland Athletics
Since moving to the bullpen after spending time on the disabled list, Pomeranz has allowed just three runs over 19 relief appearances. He made just two appearances over the last week, pitching on back-to-back days against the Cleveland Indians. The southpaw is 3-3 this season with a 3.64 ERA and one save in 27 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. As a member of the Astros, Presley has played in seven games and is hitting at a .250 clip.
#7 Seth Smith | DH/OF | Seattle Mariners
Smith has been swinging a hot bat for the Mariners, hitting .467 over the past seven games. He also recorded a hit in eight on his last nine games, including a solo homer versus the Angels in the final game before the All-Star break. Smith has a .268 batting average in 2015, serving as the Mariners' designated hitter, left fielder and right fielder at different times throughout this season. He has had 30 of his 63 hits go for extra bases, including 19 doubles, three triples and eight home runs. Smith is in his first season in Seattle after getting traded by the San Diego Padres during the offseason. (VIDEO: Smith's solo home run-July 12)
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 15 games for the Connecticut Tigers this season. The catcher is hitting .235, but has a .265 average over the last 10 games to increase his season total.
#26 Auston Bousfield | CF | Lake Elsinore Storm (Class A Advanced) - San Diego Padres
Bousfield has recorded hits in seven of the last nine games before the All-Star break for the Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm. In the two-game series against Stockton, he tallied three hits to bump his total to 83 for the season. The 2014 All-American is hitting at a .288 clip through 73 games and ranks sixth in the league with 16 stolen bases.
#11 Hawtin Buchanan | RHP | Clinton LumberKings (Class A) - Seattle Mariners
Buchanan has made 12 appearances this season for the LumberKings and is holding opposing hitters to a .194 average. The former Rebel posts a 3.79 ERA to go along with 29 strikeouts in 19.0 innings of relief. Buchanan pitched a season-high 2.2 innings in each of his last two outings, racking up nine strikeouts between the pair of appearances.
#27 Matt Crouse | LHP | Erie SeaWolves (Double-A) - Detroit Tigers
After posting a 4-2 record with a 2.55 ERA for the Lakeland Flying Tigers, Crouse was promoted to the Double-A Erie SeaWolves. In two relief appearances for the SeaWolves, he has allowed just one run, a solo homer in his last outing. He has four strikeouts and zero walks as a member of his new team, while boasting a 2.08 ERA. 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
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 six starts with the Arkansas Travelers, Ellis is 4-0 through 26.1 innings of work. In his last outing, the right-hander tossed six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four, to lower his ERA to 2.78.
#32 David Goforth| RHP | Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A) - Milwaukee Brewers
Goforth continued to limit opposing hitters at the plate by giving up just two hits in three outings last week. In his last 27 appearances between the big leagues and the minors, Goforth has allowed just three runs over 29.2 innings of work. The former Rebel has a 2.65 ERA for the Sky Sox, and he did not allow a run during his call up to the Milwaukee Brewers. 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 five appearances as a JetHawk, Greenwood earned a victory and a save over a combined 10.1 innings of work. He also has not walked a hitter since his call up. In his last outing, July 13, Greenwood pitched the final two innings without allowing a run as the JetHawks defeated the High Desert Mavericks, 9-3. 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 three starts and has struck out 19 hitters over 13 innings. Hively pitched five complete in his last outing to earn the victory.
#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 .387 batting average over his last 10 games with the help of four multi-hit contests during that stretch. The center fielder combined to tally seven hits in three consecutive games last week, including a three-hit night versus Brevard County, July 11. Overall on the season, he is hitting .291 through 69 games with the Stone Crabs, ranking 10th in the Florida State League. The former Rebel has crossed the plate 37 times this season to go along with 69 hits, providing a spark at the bottom of the Charlotte lineup.
#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 two rehab outings with the team, the former Rebel has allowed one run over seven innings. He got the win in his last start, striking out six over five frames. 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
As one of the new professional Rebels, Orvis is started to find a groove, smacking two hits in each of his last two games. Against Ogden, July 11, Orvis went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Overall, he has played in 13 games for the Great Falls Voyagers, the White Sox's rookie team, recording 12 hits and 11 runs to go along with a .245 batting average. 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 35 appearances out of the bullpen, posting a 2-0 record to go along with a pair of saves. Over the last week, Satterwhite had three outings and did not allow a run, lowering his ERA to 4.70.
#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 Richmond on Sunday, July 12, the former Ole Miss lefty allowed just one run on four hits over six innings. As a member of the Thunder, Tracy has a 2.89 ERA in 18.2 innings of work. 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
In his last start, July 10, Trent pitched four innings, a career high as a professional, and allowed just one run on four hits. He has made four appearances for the Helena Brewers, including a pair of starts. In 10.2 innings, Trent posts a 1-1 record and a 5.91 ERA. 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 his current club.
#30 Stuart Turner | C | Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A) - Minnesota Twins
Turner produced a team-high three hits and added two RBI versus Mississippi, July 12. A 2013 All-American at Ole Miss, Turner has played in 60 games this season for the Lookouts. The catcher has three home runs to his credit and has crossed the plate a total of 21 times. He has thrown out 16 baserunners in 2015 and also has four stolen bases himself.
#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 three appearances as one of the newest professional Rebels. Last night, July 14, the right-hander had the best outing since turning pro. He pitched two innings without allowing a baserunner and striking out three of the six batters he faced.
#28 Bobby Wahl | RHP | Midland RockHounds (Double-A) - Oakland Athletics
Following a one-month stint on the disabled list, Wahl returned to the mound, July 9. He has made two appearances since being back and has not surrendered a run, tossing one inning each time out. In 22 outings this season, the right-hander sports a 1-0 record with a 4.15 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 four appearances for the Tri-City ValleyCats. The right-hander has pitched a total of 8.2 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 hit his second home run of the season, July 8. The former Rebel has 81 hits on the season to go along with a .244 average, 40 runs and 36 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.