Aug. 24, 2016
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 22 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 is starting to find his stride after returning from the disabled list less than a month ago. The former Rebel is hitting .267 with three runs and three RBI over his last seven games. Between the Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs, Coghlan has played in 78 games this season. Coghlan spent the past two seasons with the Cubs before the team traded him to the Oakland 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 16: MLB Tonight Statcast on Coghlan)
#2 Zack Cozart | SS | Cincinnati Reds
Cozart has not played over the past week due to an injury to his Achilles tendon. While recovering from injury, Cozart was named the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award winner, an honor given to a Major Leaguer who exemplifies a leader and a true team player. In 107 games this season, the former Rebel is hitting .263 with 109 hits, 61 runs and 46 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. (VIDEO-August 22: Cozart received Heart and Hustle Award)
#31 Lance Lynn | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals
Lynn continues to rehab after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November 2015. He made two rehab appearances last week with the Palm Beach Cardinals, Class A Advanced affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, tossing 63 pitches in 3.2 innings without any discomfort in his arm. Tonight, the righty will make a rehab start with Springfield, the Cardinals’ Double-A team. Although he will continue his rehab assignment, it is unlikely Lynn will return to the big league club, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Lynn is another Rebel that is sidelined for the 2016 Major League Baseball 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. (ARTICLE-August 23: Lynn Unlikely to Return in 2016
) #31 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Boston Red Sox
Pomeranz his starting to get used to his new ballclub and city, pitching effectively in his last three starts for the Boston Red Sox. The lefty is 2-0 over the last three outings, allowing only three earned in 18.0 innings to go along with 14 strikeouts. He pitched a career-long 7.2 innings, surrendering just a pair of runs, to earn a victory over Cleveland (Aug. 15) before collecting another win against Detroit (Aug. 20). Overall, the southpaw is 10-9 with a 2.95 ERA this season, which includes making 17 starts for the San Diego 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 15: Pomeranz strikes out six over 7.2 innings
#14 Alex Presley | LF | Detroit Tigers
Following an impressive stint in the Minors, Presley earned his way back to the Majors August 18 when the Detroit Tigers purchased his contract from the Toledo Mud Hens. The former Rebel had a hit in his first game back (August 18) and has played three times over the past five days. 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. With the Brewers, Presley was 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. (VIDEO-August 18: Presley’s first hit as a Tiger)
#7 Seth Smith | RF | Seattle Mariners
Smith continues to help the Seattle Mariners make a push towards the postseason. Against Milwaukee (Aug. 21), the former Rebel went 2-for-4 with two RBI. In his ninth season as a regular in Major League Baseball, Smith is hitting .261 for the Mariners. The outfielder has played in 106 games during his second season in Seattle, tallying 47 runs and 48 RBI for the club. He also has 12 doubles and 11 home runs at the plate. Smith has split time in left and right field, making 67 starts between the two positions. (VIDEO-August 21: Smith’s second RBI single of the day)
Minor League Baseball Rebels
#16 Will Allen | 1B | West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A) – Detroit Tigers
Allen is hitting .300 over his last 10 games to bump his batting average up to .270. Last night (Aug. 23), the former Rebel exploded with a 4-for-4 performance to lead a five-run comeback victory against South Bend. In 119 games with the West Michigan Whitecaps, Allen has recorded 119 hits, 70 RBI and 40 runs. Allen’s 34 doubles rank second in the Midwest League, while his 70 RBI sits fourth among the league’s hitters. This season, the former Ole Miss All-American catcher has made the transition from behind the plate to first base. (VIDEO-August 23: Allen’s fourth hit ties the game)
#14 Austin Anderson | 3B | Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A) – Baltimore Orioles
Anderson was riding a nine-game hitting streak, posting a .382 average during that stretch before a right quad injury landed him on the disabled list (August 6). 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 returned to the field August 17 after spending 12 days on the disabled list. He has played in three games since his return, going 1-for-7 as he tries to get back into the swing of things. In 30 games with the El Paso Chihuahuas, the former Ole Miss All-American has 18 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 16 appearances with the Toledo Mud Hens, including 13 starts, he has posted a 5-5 record with a 3.41 ERA over 87.0 innings. The former Rebel made a relief appearance his last time out, tossing a scoreless inning against Columbus (Aug. 21). 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 3-1 over his last six starts. The former Rebel struck out six in 6.0 innings of work to earn a win against Charlotte (Aug. 17). Ellis has made 13 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
Prior to his last outing, Goforth allowed one run over five appearances, pithing one inning each time out of the bullpen. 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 in 38 appearances spanning 47.2 innings.
#40 Henri Lartigue | C | Williamsport Crosscutters (Class A Short Season) – Philadelphia Phillies
Throwing out 13 runners behind the plate, 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 27 hits, 14 RBI and 10 runs in 33 games. This spring, 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 had a huge night Monday, going 4-for-5 and providing the game-winning walk-off hit in extra innings (Aug. 22). The former Rebel has played in 100 games for the Montgomery Biscuits this season, posting 29 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. (VIDEO-August 22: Lee smacks walk-off hit)
#66 Mike Mayers | RHP | Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) – St. Louis Cardinals
Mayers boasts a 3.20 ERA in 14 starts with the Triple-A affiliate Memphis Redbirds. In his last outing (August 21), he struck out eight and allowed one run over 6.0 innings to earn a victory over Iowa. 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.
#9 Errol Robinson | SS | Ogden Raptors (Rookie) – Los Angeles Dodgers
Robinson is hitting .300 over the last 10 games to increase his season average to .284. He hit his second home run of the season August 18 before going 4-for-5 to lead his team to a 10-4 win over Orem (Aug. 20). Through 50 games for the Ogden Raptors, Robinson has racked up 57 hits to go along with 38 runs and 25 RBI. He’s shown off his speed as well with 18 stolen bases in 20 attempts. Robinson ranks third in the Pioneer League with 16 doubles, while placing sixth in steals. 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 12 appearances with the Eugene Emeralds, the southpaw has not allowed an earned run in 12.0 innings of work. He has tallied five saves and one win along the way, holding opponents to a .081 average at the dish. Only three hits have been recorded off Short, and he has added 10 strikeouts in his short pro season. 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 has pitched 20.1 innings over 12 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 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
Tracy is playing for this third team in 2016 as a member of the Jacksonville Suns, Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. In 10 appearances for the Suns, including nine starts, he has logged 45.2 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 seven appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers’ rookie team in the Arizona League, boasting a 1.65 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 16.1 innings. The former Rebel picked up his first win of the season August 12, pitching 4.2 scoreless innings of relief. He is in his second season of rookie ball after being taken in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.
#30 Stuart Turner | C | Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A) – Minnesota Twins
Turner has put together four multi-hit games over his last 10 contests. For the season, Turner has recorded 67 hits, 37 runs, 32 RBI, 21 doubles and five home runs at the plate. Meanwhile, he’s thrown out 16 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 87 games this year for the Minnesota Twins’ Double-A affiliate.
#15 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Lakewood BlueClaws (Class A) – Philadelphia Phillies
Waguespack holds a 2.12 ERA over his last 10 outings and has not allowed an earned run in his last five appearances (7.0 innings). On Monday night (Aug. 22), he tossed a pair of scoreless innings to pick up his sixth save of 2016. As a Pro Reb, Waguespack has continued to look impressive, going 4-2 with six saves and a 3.51 ERA in 39 appearances for the Lakewood BlueClaws this season. The former Rebel has punched out 64 hitters through 66.2 innings out of the bullpen. 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.
#19 Bobby Wahl | RHP | Nashville Sounds (Triple-A) – Oakland Athletics
After getting called up to Triple-A two weeks ago, Wahl continues to dominate on the mound. For the Nashville Sounds, the former Rebel has not allowed a run in five appearances, surrendering just two hits and holding hitters to a .105 batting average. In his last two outings, Wahl has pitched scoreless innings to earn a pair of saves. Dating back to June 1, Wahl has only allowed one earned run in 26 appearances. In his last month of Double-A baseball, 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 For the Lancaster JetHawks, Weathersby has recorded 73 strikeouts and holds a 5-6 record in 25 outings, spanning 87.1 innings. Weathersby did not allow a run in 1.1 innings against Inland Empire (August 11). Earlier this season, 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
Within the last two weeks, not only did Woodman hit his first professional home run, he belted three long balls during the stretch. In 53 contests with the Vancouver Canadians, the former Rebel has tallied 52 hits, 18 doubles, 28 runs and 24 RBI to go along with a .271 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. (VIDEO-August 16: Woodman belts a solo homer)
#10 Austin Wright | LHP | Mobile BayBears (Double-A) – Arizona Diamondbacks
Wright has made 23 relief appearances for the Mobile BayBears, posting 38 strikeouts in 38.0 innings and holding opposing hitters to a .239 average at the plate. The southpaw pitched a scoreless inning his last time out (Aug. 21). 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 .324 over hit past 10 games, which includes three multi-hit performances. He is currently riding a five-game hitting streak. This season, Yarbrough has played in 117 games for the Arkansas Travelers, Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. The former Rebel has tallied 123 hits for a .269 batting average to go along with 47 RBI and 44 runs. Yarbrough has also showed some pop at the plate to the tune of 27 doubles, three triples and four home runs. The second baseman is in his fifth year with the Angels organization.