Aug. 5, 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 has not allowed a run in nine appearances since his return from the disabled list on July 10. Over the past week, the right-hander pitched in three games to continue the streak. He pitched his longest outing of the season, July 31, tossing a pair of scoreless innings against the New York Mets. In 39 games out of the bullpen in 2015, the former Rebel has a 3.72 ERA to go along with a 3-2 record on the mound, already matching his win total from his 2014 rookie campaign.
#8 Chris Coghlan | LF | Chicago Cubs
Coghlan went 2-for-4 and stole his 10th base of the season, Aug. 2, to tie his personal best for steals in a season. Speaking of top marks, Coghlan also continued to increase his career-high total for home runs in a single season with a solo blast, July 28, versus Colorado. The homer was his 11th of the season. 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 makes a diving catch-July 31)
#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
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 eight outings. One of the rare non-quality starts came last week against the Rockies, where the former Rebel allowed four runs in five innings. Overall in 2015, Lynn boasts a record of 8-6 with a 2.89 ERA, including 129 strikeouts over his 121.1 innings of work. Lynn is a regular in the Cardinals’ rotation for the fourth consecutive season. (VIDEO: Lynn snags a comebacker-August 1
) #13 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Oakland Athletics
Since moving to the bullpen after spending time on the disabled list, Pomeranz has allowed just six runs over 24 relief appearances. He pitched back-to-back nights against the Indians last week, recording two outs in each game. With the tying run at the plate in the eighth, Aug. 1, Pomeranz worked out of a jam and struck out the final batter to end the threat. The southpaw is now 4-4 this season with a 3.99 ERA and one save in 33 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 escapes a jam-August 1
) #7 Seth Smith | DH/OF | Seattle Mariners
Although he did not get the start last night, Smith recorded a pinch-hit RBI double in the Mariners’ win over the Rockies. Last week, he belted his ninth home run of the season, July 30, against Minnesota. Overall, the former Rebel has a .255 batting average in 2015, serving as the Mariners’ designated hitter, left fielder and right fielder at different times throughout this season. He has had 35 of his 72 hits go for extra bases with 23 doubles, three triples and nine home runs. His 23 doubles rank 13th 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’s RBI double-August 4
Minor League Baseball Rebels
#46 Will Allen | C | Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season) – Detroit Tigers
Allen is hitting .253 on the season after going 2-for-4 in his last game. A 2014 All-American for the Rebels, Allen has 25 hits in 29 games for the Connecticut Tigers. The catcher has also thrown out three baserunners in 2015.
#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. In that role, the former Rebel has done his job to get on base over the past week, drawing seven walks to go along with four hits. The 2014 All-American is hitting at a .280 clip through 91 games and ranks third in the California League with 19 stolen bases.
#11 Hawtin Buchanan | RHP | Clinton LumberKings (Class A) – Seattle Mariners
Buchanan made just one appearance over the past week, giving up one run in an inning of work, July 30. This season, the right-hander has made 16 appearances for the Clinton LumberKings and is holding opposing hitters to a .200 average. Over his last 10 outings, he has allowed just four runs over 19.1 innings for an impressive ERA of 1.86. For the entire 2015 campaign, the former Rebel posts a 3.65 ERA to go along with 34 strikeouts in 24.2 innings of relief.
#27 Matt Crouse | LHP | Erie SeaWolves (Double-A) – Detroit Tigers
Crouse has made seven appearances for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves and has pitched effectively in six of those outings. In two games over the past week, the former Rebel recorded four scoreless innings of relief. Last night, he picked up his first save as a member of the Erie ballclub. 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
In his lone start last week, Ellis earned a victory by pitching 6.2 innings without allowing a run and surrendering just three hits. Since being promoted to the Arkansas Travelers, Ellis has been impressive with his new club. The former Rebel is 5-1 in nine starts with the Travelers, posting a 3.12 ERA in 49.0 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.
#33 David Goforth| RHP | Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Goforth continued to bounce back and forth between the Milwaukee Brewers and the club’s Triple-A affiliate Colorado Springs Sky Sox. After pitching effectively in two outings for the Brewers, starting pitcher Wily Peralta was activated from the disabled list, sending Goforth back to the Sky Sox. With the Sky Sox, Goforth made four appearances last week and did not allow a run in three of them. Through his last 35 appearances between the majors and minors, Goforth has surrendered just seven runs. He has been called up to the Brewers three times this season after first getting the call 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.
#25 R.J. Hively | RHP | Visalia Rawhide (Class A Advanced) – Arizona Diamondbacks
Since joining the Visalia Rawhide, Hively has been a strikeout machine. In seven starts, he has 50 strikeouts over 36 innings. The former Rebel picked up a win, July 28, striking out nine and allowing one run through six innings of work. He followed that with a start Aug. 2 in which he allowed two runs in five innings, but did not factor into the decision. 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 has five hits over the last three games for the Charlotte Stone Crabs, including multi-hit performances in each of his last two contests. Overall on the season, Lee is hitting .277 through 89 games with the Stone Crabs. The former Rebel has crossed the plate 38 times to go along with 81 hits, providing a spark at the bottom of the Charlotte lineup.
#35 Mike Mayers | RHP | Springfield Cardinals (AA) – St. Louis Cardinals
Mayers has made three starts for the Springfield Cardinals since returning from the disabled list, but he has not factored into any game decisions. Overall, the former Rebel has made 10 starts for the Cardinals, pitching a total of 46.2 innings.
#25 Sikes Orvis | 1B | Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie) – Chicago White Sox
Orvis recorded an RBI single and came around to score in a 4-1 victory over Christian Trent’s Helena Brewers, July 30. Overall, Orvis has played in 23 games for the Great Falls Voyagers, the White Sox’s rookie team, recording 17 hits and 18 runs to go along with 13 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.
#25 Alex Presley | LF | Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A) – Houston Astros
After spending time in the majors with the Houston Astros, Presley was designated for assignment before returning to the team’s Triple-A affiliate Fresno Grizzlies last week. Spending nearly a month away from his normal club, the former Rebel got back to business as if he never left. Presley had six hits, four RBI and three runs in four games since his return to the Grizzlies. In his first game back, he went 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run. Presley is hitting at a .314 clip for the team, smacking 80 hits over 68 games.
#55 Cody Satterwhite | RHP | Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A) – New York Mets
Satterwhite pitched twice over the past week, tossing a scoreless inning against Sacramento before making another appearance the following night. 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 42 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 twice over the past week against Bowie, lasting at least two innings in each relief appearance; he tossed a pair of scoreless frames, July 30. As a member of the Thunder, Tracy boasts a 2.53 ERA in 32 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 has not pitched during the last week, making his last outing on July 26. 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 show off his arm from behind the plate. Last week, he threw out three runners attempting to steal to increase his total to 24 on the season. A 2013 All-American at Ole Miss, Turner has played in 74 games for the Lookouts this season. The catcher has four home runs to his credit to go along with 30 runs and 25 RBI.
#49 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Williamsport Crosscutters (Class A Short Season) – Philadelphia Phillies
Two weeks ago, 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 four appearances without allowing a run. As a Crosscutter, the right-hander has pitched 6.2 innings, allowing just two hits, striking out seven and limiting hitters to just a .118 average. 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
Weathersby pitched four innings, Aug. 3, striking out six and not surrendering an earned run. On the season, he has a 2-1 record to go along with a 3.09 ERA. The Rebel drafted highest in the 2015 MLB Draft, selected in the 10th round of the Houston Astros, Weathersby has made eight appearances for the Tri-City ValleyCats. The right-hander has pitched a total of 23.1 innings, tossing at least two innings in each outing.
#9 Alex Yarbrough | 2B | Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A) – Los Angeles Angels
As a switch-hitter, Yarbrough continues to appear in the daily lineup for the Salt Lake Bees. The former Rebel has 97 hits on the season to go along with 46 runs and 43 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.