Aug. 10, 2016
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 23 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
Coghlan returned to the Cubs July 29 after landing on the 15-day disabled list due to a right rib cage strain suffered July 3. In his first game back, the former Rebel immediately sparked the Chicago lineup; batting in the leadoff spot, he went 1-for-3 with two RBI, two runs and two walks to lead the team to a win over the Mariners (July 29). Coghlan spent the past two seasons with the Cubs before the team traded him to the Oakland Athletics in February. 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. After being named National League Rookie of the Year in 2009, Coghlan has remained in the Majors for eight seasons. (VIDEO-August 2: Coghlan makes a diving catch)
#2 Zack Cozart | SS | Cincinnati Reds
Cozart is hitting .311 over his last 15 games, continuing to have a strong season as the Cincinnati Reds' leadoff hitter. He has gotten off to a hot start this week in St. Louis, going 5-for-10 with three RBI and two runs in a pair of games against the Cardinals. His three-hit night last night (August 9) led the Reds to a victory over their division rival. In 100 games this season, the former Rebel is hitting .269 with 105 hits, 58 runs and 45 RBI. Among shortstops, he is one of the leaders in doubles (25) and home runs (15). His 15 homers are already tied for a career high set back in 2012. Cozart is in his fifth season as the Reds' starting shortstop and has only made nine errors this season, which ranks as the fifth-fewest among National League shortstops. (VIDEO-August 8: Cozart plates two with a deep double to left)
#31 Lance Lynn | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals
Lynn continues to rehab after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November 2015. He has been throwing sessions of live batting practice in Jupiter, Florida and hopes to pitch a few rehab assignments in the Minors before the season ends. Lynn is another Major League Rebel that is sidelined for the 2016 season. 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. #31 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Boston Red Sox
Pomeranz has made four starts for his new club, the Boston Red Sox, after getting traded by the San Diego Padres July 14. In his last outing (August 4), he allowed two runs on four hits, while striking out six in 6.0 innings. He now has 21 strikeouts in 20.1 innings for Boston. Overall, the southpaw is 8-9 with a 3.09 ERA this season, which includes making 17 starts for the Padres. Tallying 115 strikeouts and a 2.47 ERA with the Padres, Pomeranz earned a spot in the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, becoming the first All-Star Rebel since Lance Lynn in 2012. He is in his sixth season playing Major League Baseball. (VIDEO-August 4: Pomeranz strikes out six
) #7 Seth Smith | RF | Seattle Mariners
Smith is hitting over his average during the past month, posting a .268 clip. The former Rebel went 2-for-3 with one run and one walk to help the Mariners to victory August 5. In his ninth season as a regular in Major League Baseball, Smith is hitting .261 for the Seattle Mariners. The outfielder has played in 96 games during his second season in Seattle, tallying 46 runs and 43 RBI for the club. He also has 10 doubles and 11 home runs at the plate. Smith has split time in left and right field, making 61 starts between the two positions. (VIDEO-August 7: Smith scores on a single
Minor League Baseball Rebels
#16 Will Allen | 1B | West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A) - Detroit Tigers
Allen has recorded at least one hit in 18 of his last 21 games and saw his nine-game hitting streak come to an end last night. Against Bowling Green (August 6), the former Rebel belted his fourth home run of the season. In 107 games with the West Michigan Whitecaps, Allen has recorded 106 hits, 63 RBI and 32 runs. Allen's 63 RBI crack the league's top five among all hitters in the Midwest League, while his 27 doubles rank sixth. This season, the former Ole Miss All-American catcher has made the transition from behind the plate to first base.
#14 Austin Anderson| 3B | Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A) - Baltimore Orioles
Anderson is riding a nine-game hitting streak, posting a .382 average during that stretch. The former Rebel has hit three home runs to go along with four multi-hit games for the streak. However, Anderson's hot streak came to a halt August 6 as a right quad injury landed him on the disabled list. Through 53 games with the Delmarva Shorebirds, the third baseman has 47 hits and 21 RBI. Another 2014 All-American for Ole Miss, Anderson is in his first full season of professional baseball.
#11 Auston Bousfield | CF | El Paso Chihuahuas (Triple-A) - San Diego Padres
Bousfield is currently on the seven-day disabled list. He was last in the lineup August 3 against Tacoma. In 27 games with the El Paso Chihuahuas, the former Ole Miss All-American has 17 hits, including five doubles. After spending the first half of the season with the Double-A San Antonio Missions, Bousfield was promoted to the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres (June 30). The center fielder is just one step away from the Majors.
#19 Matt Crouse | LHP | Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A) - Detroit Tigers
Crouse continues to log innings in Triple-A. In 13 starts with the Toledo Mud Hens, he has posted a 5-5 record with a 3.27 ERA over 77.0 innings. Against the Gwinnett Braves (July 30), the former Rebel pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just two hits to earn the victory. Starting out the year with the Double-A Erie SeaWolves, the lefty was called up to the Mud Hens (May 26), Triple-A affiliate of the 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.
#60 Chris Ellis | RHP | Gwinnett Braves (Triple-A) - Atlanta Braves
Ellis is starting to find his groove in Triple-A, going 2-0 over his last three starts. In his last outing (August 5), the former Rebels tossed five scoreless innings and recorded eight strikeouts to collect another win. Ellis has made 10 starts for the Gwinnett Braves after earning a promotion earlier this summer. He started the 2016 campaign with the Double-A 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 club four days before the game and instead left to pitch for his new team, putting him one step closer to Major League Baseball.
#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 Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He was called up to the Milwaukee Brewers August 1 and pitched 3.0 innings over three bullpen outings throughout the week. The former Rebel pitcher has been called up by the Brewers three times, making 10 appearances for the Major League Baseball team. However, he was optioned back to Colorado Springs August 8, where he posts a 3-3 record with a 4.50 ERA in 33 appearances spanning 42.0 innings.
#40 Henri Lartigue | C | Williamsport Crosscutters (Class A Short Season) - Philadelphia Phillies
Lartigue is continuing his summer with the Williamsport Crosscutters, a team that had former Rebel teammate Jacob Waguespack on its roster last season. As one of the newest Pro Rebs, Lartigue has 24 hits, 14 RBI and nine runs in 26 games. He has recorded a hit in eight of his last 10 games, including his first career triple. Earlier this year, 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.
#15 Braxton Lee | CF | Montgomery Biscuits (Double-A) - Tampa Bay Rays
Lee posted a pair of multi-hit games last week against Jackson as part of a four-game series. The former Rebel has played in 92 games for the Montgomery Biscuits this season, posting 28 runs, 11 doubles and 11 stolen bases. After leading the Charlotte Stone Crabs to a league championship last year, Lee was promoted to the Biscuits prior to the start of the 2016 campaign.
#66 Mike Mayers | RHP | Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - St. Louis Cardinals
Mayers boasts a 3.06 ERA in 12 starts with the Triple-A affiliate Memphis Redbirds. In his last outing (August 8), he struck out six over 6.0 innings without allowing an earned run. Mayers saw his dream come true when he was called up to the St. Louis Cardinals for a spot start (July 24), becoming the 44th Rebel in history to play Major League Baseball. The former Rebel faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of a national audience on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Injuries plagued Mayers throughout the 2015 season, but the former Rebel is back to full health and has worked his way up the Cardinals organization. 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 Triple-A.
#22 Alex Presley | RF | Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A) - Detroit Tigers
Presley had a big series against Indianapolis over the weekend, going 7-for-18 (.389) in four games. He kicked off the series with a 3-for-5 performance at the dish. The former Rebel is hitting .278 in 27 games with the Toledo Mud Hens, Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. After starting off the season in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, Presley signed with the Tigers (July 8), his fifth team over the past seven seasons. He played in two games for the Lakeland Flying Tigers, going 4-for-7 for a .571 average, before earning the promotion to Toledo. With the Brewers, Presley started out on fire in Triple-A to begin the 2016 season and earned a call up to the Majors (April 21). He played in 47 games for Milwaukee, tallying 23 hits, 12 runs, 11 RBI and three home runs.
#9 Errol Robinson | SS | Ogden Raptors (Rookie) - Los Angeles Dodgers
Robinson is finding his groove as a Pro Reb, hitting .333 in his last 10 games. In his last three games, he has gone 7-for-14 with five runs and four RBI. Contributing to a win over Billings (August 7), Robinson reached base four times throughout the night while tallying three hits, three runs and two RBI. Through 39 games for the Ogden Raptors, Robinson has racked up 44 hits for a .280 average to go along with 26 runs and 19 RBI. He's shown off his speed as well with 13 stolen bases, including eight in the past 10 contests. The fan favorite and starting shortstop at Ole Miss over the past three seasons, Robinson was drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and decided to take his play to the professional level.
#17 Wyatt Short| LHP | Eugene Emeralds (Class A Short Season) - Chicago Cubs
Since making the move from college baseball to the professional ranks, nothing has slowed down Short. In eight appearances with the Eugene Emeralds, the southpaw has not allowed an earned run in 8.0 innings of work. He has recorded four saves and one win along the way, holding opponents to a .080 average at the dish. Short is officially the newest Pro Reb, having signed with the Chicago Cubs organization July 10. The former Ole Miss closer was drafted by the Cubs in the 13th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
#34 Chad Smith| RHP | Batavia Muckdogs (Class A Short Season) - Miami Marlins
Smith earned his first career victory as a professional, pitching two scoreless innings against Hudson Valley (August 2). The former Rebel has pitched 13.2 innings over nine relief outings for the Class A Batavia Muckdogs. After making three appearances for the GCL Marlins, the Miami Marlins' Rookie league team, Smith was called up to the Muckdogs. Selected in the MLB Draft for the second straight year, this time in the 13th round by the Marlins, Smith decided his 2016 season at Ole Miss prepared him to make the jump to the pros.
#29 Matt Snyder | 1B | Trenton Thunder (Double-A) - New York Yankees
Snyder is currently on the 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.
#22 Matt Tracy | LHP | Jacksonville Suns (Double-A) - Miami Marlins
On Monday (August 8), Tracy pitched 6.2 innings without allowing a run to earn a victory over Chattanooga. Tracy is playing for this third team in 2016 as a member of the Jacksonville Suns, Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. In eight appearances for the Suns, he has a 2-3 record with a 4.66 ERA in 24.2 innings. Despite going 3-1 as a member of the Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, 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 Marlins. The former Rebel southpaw made his debut for the organization June 28, tossing 2.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn a victory for the Jupiter Hammerheads before getting promoted to Jacksonville.
#13 Christian Trent | LHP | Arizona League Brewers (Rookie) - Milwaukee Brewers
Trent has made five appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers' rookie team in the Arizona League, boasting a 1.69 ERA in 10.2 innings. The former Rebel is holding opposing hitters to a .162 average with 13 strikeouts. He has not allowed a run in his last three outings, totaling 7.1 innings. The southpaw tossed 3.1 scoreless innings and recorded a season-high five strikeouts (August 7) to earn a save. One week earlier (July 31), he did not allow a baserunner in 3.0 innings of work.
#30 Stuart Turner | C | Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A) - Minnesota Twins
Turner led his team to a 9-1 victory against Tennessee (July 30), scoring three runs while using two doubles to record a pair of RBI. For the season, Turner has recorded 53 hits, 31 runs, 27 RBI, 15 doubles and five home runs at the plate. Meanwhile, he's thrown out 12 baserunners behind the dish. 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 77 games this year for the Minnesota Twins' Double-A affiliate.
#15 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Lakewood BlueClaws (Class A) - Philadelphia Phillies
As a Pro Reb, Waguespack has continued to look impressive, going 4-2 with five saves and a 3.86 ERA in 35 appearances for the Lakewood BlueClaws. The former Rebel has punched out 57 hitters through 60.2 innings out of the bullpen. The tall right-hander nailed down a save in his last outing (August 8), pitching a scoreless extra inning against Delmarva. Following a rookie season in which he helped the Williamsport Crosscutters capture a division crown, Waguespack was promoted to the BlueClaws prior to the start of this season.
#15 Bobby Wahl | RHP | Nashville Sounds (Triple-A) - Oakland Athletics
Starting off the week (August 8), Wahl was promoted to the Nashville Sounds, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. He made his first appearance with the club that night, tossing a pair of scoreless innings versus Round Rock. Wahl was dominant in Double-A over the past month to earn his call up, allowing just one earned run in his last 21 outings dating back to June 1 Through that stretch, he collected 10 saves to become the primary closer for the Midland RockHounds. Prior to his promotion, the 2013 All-American had a 2.21 ERA and 48 strikeouts over 40.2 innings, spanning 33 appearances. Wahl also held opposing hitters to a .188 average at the plate and is now one step closer to Major League Baseball.
#18 Scott Weathersby | RHP | Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Advanced) - Houston Astros
Weathersby has collected two victories and one save in his last three relief outings, pitching over three innings in each appearance. He also tallied six strikeouts in two of those outings. Against Bakersfield (July 28), he struck out six in 3.0 innings to earn a win. For the Lancaster JetHawks this season, Weathersby has recorded 65 strikeouts and holds a 5-5 record in 22 outings, spanning 79.2 innings. He was called up to the Corpus Christi Hooks for a relief outing and pitched two scoreless innings for the Double-A club to earn a win (July 7). However, the former Rebel returned to the JetHawks two days later.
#6 J.B. Woodman | OF | Vancouver Canadians (Class A Short Season) - Toronto Blue Jays
Woodman has recorded at least one hit in five of his last six games, including a multi-hit performance against Eugene (August 5). In 41 contests with the Vancouver Canadians, the former Rebel has tallied 41 hits, 16 doubles, 19 runs and 18 RBI to go along with a .273 average. After the Toronto Blue Jays picked the Ole Miss outfielder in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft, the collegiate All-American signed with the club and was sent to the Canadians.
#10 Austin Wright | LHP | Mobile BayBears (Double-A) - Arizona Diamondbacks
Wright has made 19 relief appearances for the Mobile BayBears, posting 32 strikeouts in 32.1 innings. The southpaw has not allowed a run over his last four outings, spanning 8.1 innings. Against Chattanooga (August 3), Wright earned a victory after tossing 3.0 scoreless innings. 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 BayBears.
#16 Alex Yarbrough | 2B | Arkansas Travelers (Double-A) - Los Angeles Angels
Yarbrough is hitting .275 over hit past 10 games, which includes three multi-hit performances. He went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI against Springfield (August 5). This season, Yarbrough has played in 105 games for the Arkansas Travelers, Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. The former Rebel has tallied 110 hits for a .266 batting average to go along with 44 RBI and 41 runs. Yarbrough has also showed some pop at the plate to the tune of 25 doubles, three triples and four home runs. The second baseman is in his fifth year with the Angels organization.