Aug. 19, 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
After allowing runs for the first time in 10 appearances since a return from injury, Barrett felt discomfort in his right elbow. Doctors diagnosed the injury as a right elbow strain, 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
Coghlan flexed his muscles at the plate over the last three games, belting three home runs to increase his season total to a personal-best 14 blasts. The former Rebel hit two homers to tally four RBI against the Cubs’ crosstown rival, the Chicago White Sox, on Aug. 14. Last night, he left the yard again by showing his opposite-field power versus the Detroit Tigers, while also knocking in a pair of runs and crossing the plate twice throughout the contest. 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 second homer of the game-Aug. 14)
#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
Goforth returned to the big leagues last week, but made his first appearance since being called up last night. He pitched a scoreless inning of relief before allowing a pair of runs in his second frame of work. Goforth’s dominance in Triple-A has given the former Rebel multiple opportunities to pitch in the majors. He has been called up to the Brewers four times this season after first getting the call on May 25 and has made a total of seven appearances with the club. 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
Lynn pitched effectively last night, allowing just two runs on four hits over 6.2 innings. However, the starting pitcher did not get any run support from his team as the Cardinals fell to the San Francisco Giants, 2-0. Overall in 2015, Lynn boasts a record of 9-8 with a 2.94 ERA, including 143 strikeouts over his 134.1 innings of work. He has helped the Cardinal pitching staff to the lowest ERA in Major League Baseball. Lynn is a regular in the Cardinals’ rotation for the fourth consecutive season. (VIDEO: Lynn strikeouts out six in 6.2 innings-August 18)
#13 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Oakland Athletics
Pomeranz pitched three times over the past week, allowing just one run in a combined five innings. He experienced forearm tightness in an outing against the Orioles, Aug. 14, but he returned to the mound three days later to toss a scoreless inning of relief. Through his last seven games, the former Rebel posted a 1.04 ERA with 15 strikeouts. Since moving to the bullpen after spending time on the disabled list, Pomeranz has allowed just seven runs over 29 relief appearances. The southpaw is 4-5 this season with a 3.72 ERA and one save in 38 total trips to the mound, totaling 72.2 innings. 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
Like his fellow former Rebel Coghlan, Smith also blasted a home run last night. His two-run shot in the first inning proved to be the difference as the Mariners defeated the Rangers, 3-2. Overall, the former Rebel has a .252 batting average in 2015, serving as the Mariners’ designated hitter, left fielder and right fielder at different times throughout this season. He has had 37 of his 77 hits go for extra bases with 23 doubles, four triples and 10 home runs. 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 played in the NYPL All-Star Game last night after earning the honor for his stellar play on the field this season. Going from an All-American for the Rebels to an All-Star for the Connecticut Tigers, Allen was swinging a hot bat heading into the all-star break, building a seven-game hitting streak. Moreover, the former Ole Miss catcher has recorded 14 hits and 10 RBI in his last 10 games, hitting at a .412 clip. For the season, he is batting .280 with 44 hits, 24 RBI and 22 runs in 45 games.
#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 .273 clip and ranks third in the California League with 22 stolen bases. He has 109 hits and has scored 53 runs in 102 games. The former Rebel went 2-for-4 and knocked in a run against Rancho Cucamonga, Aug. 15.
#11 Hawtin Buchanan | RHP | Clinton LumberKings (Class A) – Seattle Mariners
In Buchanan’s lone outing last week, he was outstanding. The former Rebel pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and did not allow a hit while also adding four strikeouts, Aug. 14. This season, the right-hander has made 20 appearances for the Clinton LumberKings and is holding opposing hitters to a .188 batting average. For the entire 2015 campaign, the former Rebel posts a 3.45 ERA to go along with 42 strikeouts in 31.1 innings of relief.
#27 Matt Crouse | LHP | Erie SeaWolves (Double-A) – Detroit Tigers
Crouse made two appearances over the past week, tossing a combined 3.2 scoreless innings. He closed out the SeaWolves’ 4-3 victory, Aug. 12, before keeping New Hampshire off the scoreboard, Aug. 16. The former Rebel has made nine appearances for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves and has a 2.76 ERA and two saves 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
Despite allowing three runs in each of his last two outings, Ellis has been productive since being promoted to the Arkansas Travelers. The former Rebel is 5-3 in 12 starts with the Travelers, posting a 3.86 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 63.0 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, where he lead the league in strikeouts, to start the season.
#57 R.J. Hively | RHP | Reno Aces (Triple-A) – Arizona Diamondbacks
After being promoted to the Triple-A Reno Aces last week, Hively made three appearances over the past eight days. Hively went from a starter to a relief pitcher with the call up, but he earned his first victory with the club in his second outing; the former Rebel allowed one run in three innings of relief to collect the win. Before he was a member of the Aces, Hively was a strikeout machine with the Visalia Rawhide. In eight starts, he had 58 strikeouts over 41 innings and posted a 2-2 record. Hively pitched in 19 games 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 knocked in Charlotte’s only run in a 4-1 setback to Ft. Myers last night as part of a doubleheader between the two squads. Overall on the season, Lee has a .278 average through 101 games with the Stone Crabs. The former Rebel has crossed the plate 40 times to go along with 91 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 recorded three hits in three games over the past week. The former Rebel went 2-for-4, Aug. 14, before knocking in a run last night. Overall, Orvis has played in 31 games for the Great Falls Voyagers, the White Sox’s rookie team, recording 25 hits, 21 runs and 15 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
Presley has recorded 11 hits over his last nine games, continuing to produce for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. On Monday, the former Rebel hit his third homer of the season in the team’s 10-4 win over New Orleans. He also went 2-for-3 with three RBI to help Fresno to an 8-6 victory, Aug. 14. Presley is hitting at a .314 clip for the team this season, smacking 91 hits over 77 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 twice over the past week, including an outing of two scoreless innings, Aug. 15. 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 47 appearances out of the bullpen, posting a 2-0 record to go along with a pair of saves. He has 64 strikeouts in 62.2 innings of work.
#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 has spent time coming out of the bullpen as well as starting for the Thunder. He got the ball, Aug. 12, and delivered a victorious performance, scattering one run on four hits in 5.1 innings. As a member of the Thunder, Tracy boasts a 2.21 ERA in 40.2 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 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. He has thrown out 30 attempted base stealers this season, a new career high for the former Rebel. A 2013 All-American at Ole Miss, Turner has played in 83 games for the Lookouts this season. The catcher has four home runs to his credit to go along with 33 runs and 29 RBI.
#49 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Williamsport Crosscutters (Class A Short Season) – Philadelphia Phillies
Waguespack appeared out of the bullpen twice last week, tossing a combined three innings without allowing a run to continue his streak. Since being called up to the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Phillies’ Class A Short Season club, 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 nine appearances without allowing a run. As a Crosscutter, the right-hander has pitched 13.2 scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits, striking out 14 and limiting hitters to just a .077 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 has not pitched since Aug. 8, when he did not allow 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 is hitting .333 over his last nine games, recording at least one hit in eight of those contests. In three games versus Omaha, he went 4-for-11 (.364) and crossed the plate three times. As a switch-hitter, Yarbrough continues to appear in the daily lineup for the Salt Lake Bees. The former Rebel has 107 hits on the season to go along with 52 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.