Aug. 12, 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 had a rare off game in which he allowed three runs in a loss to the Diamondbacks, Aug. 5. The outing was the first time he allowed a run to cross the plate in 10 appearances since returning from injury. It turned out there was a reason for the rough night as Barrett was diagnosed with a right elbow strain after the game, and the Nationals placed him on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season. In 40 games out of the bullpen in 2015, the former Rebel has a 3-3 record on the mound, already matching his win total from his 2014 rookie campaign.
#8 Chris Coghlan | LF | Chicago Cubs
After already posting a new career-high 11 home runs this season, Coghlan posted another personal best last night, stealing his 11th base of 2015. The former Rebel is now 11-for-13 in stolen base attempts on the year, breaking his previous high of 10 steals in 2010. Coghlan also has 18 doubles at the plate to go along with his .248 average as the Cubs continue to push for the playoffs. 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 steals second after review-Aug. 11)
#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
In his lone start last week, , Aug. 7, Lynn tossed six scoreless innings and struck out seven Brewers to earn his ninth victory of the season. The performance also made the Cardinals the first team in Major League Baseball to reach 70 wins this season. Overall in 2015, Lynn boasts a record of 9-6 with a 2.76 ERA, including 136 strikeouts over his 127.1 innings of work. Lynn is a regular in the Cardinals’ rotation for the fourth consecutive season. (VIDEO: Lynn strikes out seven in six scoreless innings-August 7
) #13 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Oakland Athletics
Pomeranz pitched twice over the past week and did not allow any hits or runs. In the two outings, he combined for four strikeouts through 2.1 innings of relief. Since moving to the bullpen after spending time on the disabled list, Pomeranz has allowed just six runs over 26 relief appearances. The southpaw is 4-4 this season with a 3.86 ERA and one save in 35 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. #7 Seth Smith | DH/OF | Seattle Mariners
Smith had three hits in the last two games, including a 2-for-4 performance last night against the Baltimore Orioles. Smith scored a run as part of a big first inning for the Mariners before Baltimore made a comeback and forced extra innings. However, Smith and Seattle won in the 10th frame to clinch MLB history with all 15 home teams winnings on the same day. Overall, the former Rebel has a .256 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 75 hits go for extra bases with 23 doubles, three triples and nine home runs. His 23 doubles rank 16th 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.
Minor League Baseball Rebels
#46 Will Allen | C | Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season) – Detroit Tigers
Allen has had a hot week at the plate, recording 10 hits and nine RBI over the last seven games. A 2014 All-American for the Rebels, Allen is hitting at a .400 clip during that stretch in increase his season average to .270. The catcher went 3-for-5 with three RBI, Aug. 6, to lead his team to a victory over Lowell. For the season, he has 33 hits, 20 RBI and 19 runs in 35 games. Due to his play, Allen was one of five Connecticut Tigers named a New York-Penn League All-Star. He will play on the North Team in the NYPL All-Star Game, Aug. 18, in Aberdeen, Maryland.
#26 Auston Bousfield | CF | Lake Elsinore Storm (Class A Advanced) – San Diego Padres
Bousfield went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and a run to lead his team to a 3-0 victory over San Jose, Aug. 9. The former Rebel passed the century mark in hits with his big night; he now has 104 hits in 96 games this season. 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 .277 clip and ranks third in the California League with 19 stolen bases.
#11 Hawtin Buchanan | RHP | Clinton LumberKings (Class A) – Seattle Mariners
Buchanan made three appearances over the past week, including last night’s outing in which he tossed three scoreless innings. He also pitched a scoreless frame, Aug. 7, against South Bend. This season, the right-hander has made 19 appearances for the Clinton LumberKings and is holding opposing hitters to a .196 average. For the entire 2015 campaign, the former Rebel posts a 3.64 ERA to go along with 38 strikeouts in 29.2 innings of relief.
#27 Matt Crouse | LHP | Erie SeaWolves (Double-A) – Detroit Tigers
Crouse has not pitched since Aug. 4. He has made seven appearances for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves and has pitched effectively in six of those outings. The former Rebel has a 3.55 ERA and one save with his new club. 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 did not factor into the decision. Since being promoted to the Arkansas Travelers, Ellis has been impressive with his new club. The former Rebel is 5-1 in 10 starts with the Travelers, posting a 3.50 ERA in 54.0 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
Sticking with the season trend, Gofroth added two more scoreless outings to his 2015 resume, holding Oklahoma City at bay for 2.2 innings. The performances dropped Goforth’s ERA to 2.31 as a member of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Through his last 37 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.
#57 R.J. Hively | RHP | Reno Aces (Triple-A) – Arizona Diamondbacks
After starting the season in Double-A and then moving to Class A-Advanced, Hively has been called up to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces. The former Rebel has not pitched for the Aces yet, but he will be looking to continue striking out hitters at an impressive rate. Since joining the Visalia Rawhide, Hively became a strikeout machine. In eight starts, he had 58 strikeouts over 41 innings and posted a 2-2 record. 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 is hitting .478 (11-for-23) over his last eight games, producing four multi-hit games. He went 4-for-4 with one double and one triple to finish a home run shy from the cycle, Aug. 7. Overall on the season, Lee has a .287 average through 94 games with the Stone Crabs. The former Rebel has crossed the plate 39 times to go along with 88 hits, providing a spark at the bottom of the Charlotte lineup.
#35 Mike Mayers | RHP | Springfield Cardinals (AA) – St. Louis Cardinals
Mayers has not pitched since July 28 after returning to the disabled list for the second time this season. He made three starts for the Springfield Cardinals since his first time back from injury, but he did 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 went 5-for-10 in a three-game stretch over the past week. All three games were against Orem, and the former Rebel crossed the plate a total of three times. Overall, Orvis has played in 28 games for the Great Falls Voyagers, the White Sox’s rookie team, recording 22 hits, 21 runs and 14 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 continues to produce for the Fresno Grizzlies, the team’s Triple-A ballclub. The former Rebel is batting .378 over his last 10 games to go along with 11 runs and eight RBI. In a four-game series versus Sacramento last week, he tallied six hits, five runs and two RBI. Presley is hitting at a .318 clip for the team this season, smacking 87 hits over 73 games. He was called up to the Astros earlier this season, playing eight games for the big league club.
#55 Cody Satterwhite | RHP | Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A) – New York Mets
Satterwhite pitched three times over the past week. He pitched two scoreless innings, Aug. 5, striking out five of the six batters 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 45 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.
#59 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 tossed 3.1 scoreless innings in his only appearance last week. As a member of the Thunder, Tracy boasts a 2.29 ERA in 35.1 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 since 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 four runners attempting to steal to increase his total to 28 on the season. A 2013 All-American at Ole Miss, Turner has played in 79 games for the Lookouts this season. The catcher has four home runs to his credit to go along with 33 runs and 28 RBI.
#49 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Williamsport Crosscutters (Class A Short Season) – Philadelphia Phillies
Waguespack appeared out of the bullpen three times last week, tossing a combined four innings without allowing a hit or a run. Since being called up to the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Phillies’ Class A Short Season club, three weeks ago, he has been lights out on the mound. The promotion to pitch against better talent did not intimidate the former Rebel as he has made seven appearances without allowing a run. As a Crosscutter, the right-hander has pitched 10.2 innings, surrendering just two hits, striking out seven and limiting hitters to just a .069 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 once last week, , Aug. 8, not allowing a run in two innings of relief. On the season, he has a 2-1 record to go along with a 2.84 ERA. The Rebel drafted highest in the 2015 MLB Draft, selected in the 10th round of the Houston Astros, Weathersby has made nine appearances for the Tri-City ValleyCats. The right-hander has pitched a total of 25.2 innings, tossing at least two innings in each outing and recording 27 strikeouts.
#9 Alex Yarbrough | 2B | Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A) – Los Angeles Angels
Yarbrough recorded at least one hit in all four games over the past week, increasing his batting average to .242. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run to lead his team to a 9-6 win over Las Vegas, Aug. 9. As a switch-hitter, Yarbrough continues to appear in the daily lineup for the Salt Lake Bees. The former Rebel has 102 hits on the season to go along with 48 runs and 45 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.