July 28, 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 20 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 has not allowed a run in six appearances since his return from the disabled list on July 10. Over the past week, the right-hander pitched in two games against Pittsburgh to continue the streak. In 36 games out of the bullpen this season, 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
Out of nine games since returning from the All-Star break, Coghlan has put together multi-hit performances in four of them. In a weekend game versus Philadelphia, July 24, he went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and added his 10th home run of the season. Reaching the double-digit mark in homers gave Coghlan a career-high for a single season, breaking his personal bests from the 2009 and 2014 seasons. Although he has primarily been the starting left fielder, the Cubs have asked Coghlan to play three different infield positions as well throughout the year. Coghlan’s versatility goes back to his days as an infielder for the Rebels, and he has not made an error in the field this season. The 2009 National League Rookie of the Year is in his second season with the Chicago Cubs. (VIDEO: Coghlan’s career-high 10th home run of the season-July 24) (VIDEO: Coghlan throws out a runner out at home-July 24)
#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.
#32 David Goforth| RHP | Milwaukee Brewers
After allowing just one run over his last 11 outings and lowering his ERA to 2.37 with the Triple-A Colorado Sky Sox, Goforth was called up to the Milwaukee Brewers for the third time this season. Unlike his last promotion in which he did not make an appearance, the former Rebel has pitched twice already. He threw 1.2 innings without allowing a run for the Sky Sox, July 22; one day later, he was pitching for the big league club against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In his last outing, July 26, Goforth tossed a scoreless inning of relief and struck out a pair of Diamondbacks. Through his last 31 appearances between the majors and minors, Goforth has surrendered just five runs. 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.
#31 Lance Lynn | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals
Since returning from the disabled list just over one month ago, Lynn has been on fire by producing quality starts in six of his last seven outings. During that stretch, the former Rebel is 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA over 43.0 innings. Last night, the right-hander was efficient once again, pitching seven innings and allowing only one run on five hits to pick up the victory versus the Reds. Overall in 2015, Lynn boasts a record of 8-5 with a 2.71 ERA, including 124 strikeouts over his 116.1 innings of work. Lynn is a regular in the Cardinals’ rotation for the fourth consecutive season. (VIDEO: Lynn allows just one run over seven innings-July 27)
#13 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Oakland Athletics
After making 21 consecutive appearances out of the bullpen, Pomeranz made a spot start versus Toronto, July 23. However, he moved back to his reliever role three days later, pitching two scoreless innings against the Giants. Since moving to the bullpen after spending time on the disabled list, Pomeranz has allowed just three runs over 21 relief appearances. In his last 15 outings, the former Rebel has a 2-0 record and an ERA of 2.40. The southpaw is now 4-3 this season with a 3.66 ERA and one save in 30 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. (VIDEO: Pomeranz starts a double play to end an inning-July 26)
#7 Seth Smith | DH/OF | Seattle Mariners
Smith is hitting at a .300 clip over his last seven games, scoring four runs and adding a pair of RBI. Overall, the former Rebel has a .264 batting average in 2015, serving as the Mariners’ designated hitter, left fielder and right fielder at different times throughout this season. He has had 33 of his 69 hits go for extra bases, including 22 doubles, three triples and eight home runs. His 22 doubles rank 12th in the American League on the season. Smith is in his first season in Seattle after getting traded by the San Diego Padres during the offseason. (VIDEO: Smith doubles off the runner at second-July 25)
Minor League Baseball Rebels
#46 Will Allen | C | Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season) – Detroit Tigers
Allen is hitting .400 in his last four games to bump his average to .253 on the season. A 2014 All-American for the Rebels, Allen has played in 25 games for the Connecticut Tigers. On Sunday, he went 3-for-4 and scored three of the team’s four runs; the big day included the catcher’s first home run of his professional career to help the Tigers knock off Vermont.
#26 Auston Bousfield | CF | Lake Elsinore Storm (Class A Advanced) – San Diego Padres
A center fielder for the Lake Elsinore Storm, Bousfield has been the team’s leadoff hitter all season long. The 2014 All-American is hitting at a .288 clip through 84 games and ranks third in the California League with 19 stolen bases. Last night, the former Rebel went 3-for-5 with a run scored for another multi-hit game.
#11 Hawtin Buchanan | RHP | Clinton LumberKings (Class A) – Seattle Mariners
Buchanan made just one appearance over the past week, giving up one run on three hits in three innings, July 25. This season, the right-hander has made 15 appearances for the Clinton LumberKings and is holding opposing hitters to a .198 average. Over his last 10 outings, he has allowed just three runs over 18.1 innings for an impressive ERA of 1.47. For the entire 2015 campaign, the former Rebel posts a 3.42 ERA to go along with 32 strikeouts in 23.2 innings of relief.
#27 Matt Crouse | LHP | Erie SeaWolves (Double-A) – Detroit Tigers
Crouse has made five appearances for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves and has pitched effectively in four of those outings. Last night, the former Rebel allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings of relief to help preserve a victory. Crouse was promoted to the SeaWolves after posting a 4-2 record and a 2.55 ERA for the Lakeland Flying Tigers. As a member of the Flying Tigers, he 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
Ellis did not pitch over the past week, having last pitched on July 20. Since being promoted to the Arkansas Travelers, Ellis has been impressive with his new club. The former Rebel is 4-1 in eight starts with the Travelers, posting a 3.61 ERA in 42.1 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.
#6 Aaron Greenwood | RHP | Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Advanced) – Houston Astros
Although he has not pitched over the past week, Greenwood has one win and one save in seven appearances with the Lancaster JetHawks. He reported to the Quad Cities River Bandits in the middle of May and was effective immediately upon arrival, earning him a quick call up to the JetHawks. 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
Since joining the Visalia Rawhide, Hively has made five starts and has struck out 36 hitters over 25.0 innings. In his last start, July 23, the former Rebel struck out seven hitters and allowed just one run over six innings, constantly getting himself out of jams. Hively pitched in 19 games this season for the Mobile BayBears before making the transition to the Rawhide.
#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 played in two games over the past week for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Against Daytona, July 23, he recorded two of his team’s six hits and also crossed the plate once. Overall on the season, Lee is hitting .276 through 83 games with the Stone Crabs. The former Rebel has crossed the plate 38 times to go along with 74 hits, providing a spark at the bottom of the Charlotte lineup.
#35 Mike Mayers | RHP | Springfield Cardinals (AA) – St. Louis Cardinals
In just his second appearance with the Springfield Cardinals since spending nearly two months on the disabled list, Mayers allowed two runs on three hits in 5.2 innings. He also struck out five during the start. Following two rehab outings with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals in which the former Rebel allowed one run over seven innings, he tossed 2.2 innings of relief in his return to the Double-A club, July 18.
#25 Sikes Orvis | 1B | Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie) – Chicago White Sox
All it took for Orvis was to see his first professional homer clear the fence. For the second time in four games, the former Rebel blasted another home run in his team’s win over Billings. Overall, Orvis has played in 20 games for the Great Falls Voyagers, the White Sox’s rookie team, recording 16 hits and 17 runs to go along with 12 RBI. He took 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 saw his scoreless streak of six outings come to an end on July 24, but the reliever bounced back with a pair of scoreless innings last night. He did not allow a baserunner, retiring all six hitters he faced. 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 40 appearances out of the bullpen, posting a 2-0 record to go along with a pair of saves.
#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 former Rebel Matt Snyder, pitching for the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the Yankees. The former Rebel pitched once over the past week, tossing two scoreless innings of relief, July 26. As a member of the Thunder, Tracy has a 2.60 ERA in 27.2 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
Trent pitched three innings of relief in his last outing, allowing a pair of runs to cross the plate. He has made seven appearances for the Helena Brewers, including four starts. In 23.2 innings, Trent posts a 2-1 record and a 4.18 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 continues to swing a hot bat for the Chattanooga Lookouts, hitting .343 over his last 10 games. In a series this weekend versus Tennessee, the former Rebel went 5-for-10. He tallied three hits, two runs, two RBI and one homer in the series finale to lead the team to an 8-0 shutout victory. A 2013 All-American at Ole Miss, Turner has played in 69 games for the Lookouts this season. The catcher has four home runs to his credit to go along with 26 runs and 24 RBI. He has thrown out 21 baserunners in 2015 and also has four stolen bases himself.
#49 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Williamsport Crosscutters (Class A Short Season) – Philadelphia Phillies
Last week, Waguespack was called up to the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Phillies’ Class A Short Season club. The promotion to pitch against better talent did not intimidate the former Rebel as he has made two appearances without allowing a run. His two scoreless innings of work consisted of one hit and three strikeouts. Waguespack, who signed as a free agent with the Phillies following the 2015 MLB Draft, made four appearances for the team’s rookie club, the Gulf Coach League Phillies, prior to his promotion.
#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, and made four appearances. His last outing was July 18, in which he pitched one scoreless inning, before another injury sent him back to the disabled list. In 24 outings this season, the right-hander sports a 2-0 record with a 4.18 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
One week after picking up his first victory as a professional, Weathersby kept the momentum going with his best outing of the summer. The former Rebels tossed four scoreless innings of relief to earn another win, July23, striking out seven hitters along the way. The victory gave Weathersby a 2-0 record to go along with a 1.25 ERA and 12 strikeouts over his last two appearances. The Rebel drafted highest in the 2015 MLB Draft, selected in the 10th round of the Houston Astros, Weathersby has made five appearances for the Tri-City ValleyCats. The right-hander has pitched a total of 16.1 innings, tossing at least two innings in each outing.
#9 Alex Yarbrough | 2B | Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A) – Los Angeles Angels
Yarbrough left the yard for the third time this season as part of a three-RBI game to lead the Salt Lake Bees to a 9-2 win over Tacoma, July 23. He has recorded four multi-hit games over the past 10 contests to help increase his average at the dish. The former Rebel has 93 hits on the season to go along with a .242 average, 45 runs and 41 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.