Aug. 25, 2017
Ole Miss Baseball has a history of student-athletes playing professionally following their careers as Rebels. Currently, eight former Rebels are on Major League Baseball rosters, while 24 others are working their way up through the minor leagues. Throughout the year, 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 2017 season. For a complete look of season stats for #ProRebs, click here.
Major League Baseball Rebels
#30 Anthony Alford | CF | Toronto Blue Jays
After spending five seasons in the Minors, Anthony Alford was called up by the Toronto Blue Jays on May 19. Four days later, he smacked a double for his first career MLB hit. However, he suffered a broken wrist later in the game and is currently on the disabled list after undergoing surgery. Despite never putting on an Ole Miss baseball uniform, Alford was a defensive back for the Rebel football team. As a sophomore in 2014, he played in the team's first four games as a backup safety and punt returner before deciding to pursue his professional baseball career. (VIDEO-May 23: Alford's first Major League hit)
#7 Chris Coghlan | Free Agent
Coghlan was placed on the DL with a wrist injury back in June, and after a rehab assignment to Dunedin, the Blue Jays designated him for assignment and ultimately released the 2006 MLB Draft Pick on August 12.
#2 Zack Cozart | SS | Cincinnati Reds
The 2017 MLB All-Star, Cozart is second on the club with a .311 average behind Joey Votto’s impressive 2017 campaign. Cozart went on the 10-day DL in late July, but was reactivated on August 6. Since, the Memphis, Tennessee, native has five home runs and nine RBI in the month of August. (VIDEO – August 16: Cozart 2-run HR vs. Cubs)
#31 Lance Lynn | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals
Dating back to mid-July, Lynn has continued his consistency for the Cardinals, ranking second on the team with a 10-6 record. His 3.17 ERA is first in the rotation, and he’s second on the club with 124 strikeouts. The 2008 MLB Draft First Round Pick had a streak of eight-straight quality starts from July 9 – Aug. 16, which included a 4-0 record and only eight earned runs allowed in that stretch. On Aug. 20, as part of the MLB Little League Classic, Lynn and the Cardinals took on the Pirates in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the 2017 Little League World Series. During the game, ESPN caught up with Lynn to reflect on his time as a Little Leaguer. (VIDEO – August 20: Lynn shares memories on playing in #LLWS)
#31 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Boston Red Sox
Pomeranz has been a key factor in Boston’s success this season, with a 4.5 game lead in the American League East. The southpaw is second in the American League with 13 wins behind only Chris Sale and Jason Vargas’ 14. Since the All-Star Break, Pomeranz is 4-0 for Boston with four quality starts including two shutouts. The Collierville, Tennessee, native ranks fifth in the AL with a 3.18 ERA, and top-10 in the league with 145 strikeouts. (VIDEO – Aug. 23: Pomeranz strikes out nine allowing only two hits vs. Indians)
#14 Alex Presley | OF | Detroit Tigers
Presley continues to help the Tigers in a utility/reserve role, where he’s hitting .293 with 12 RBI and 39 hits in 133 at-bats. The lefty went on the 10-day DL in late July and was re-activated Aug. 12, where he’s since tallied eight hits for Detroit.
#7 Seth Smith | RF | Baltimore Orioles
Smith, in his first season with Baltimore, has maintained a .269 clip with 28 RBI and 77 hits in 286 at-bats. The 2004 second round pick ranks eighth in the American League with 12 homers, four of which he’s hit since July 7. Smith is hitting .298 in the month of August with five RBI and 18 hits, as Baltimore is 62-65, three games out of the wild card race in the AL.
#32 Stuart Turner | C | Cincinnati Reds
The 2013 third round pick has played in 28 games for the Reds and has five RBI off nine hits. Turner hit his first major league home run back on Aug. 9 against the Padres, helping Cincinnati to an 8-3 win. (VIDEO – Aug. 9: Turner’s first MLB home run)
#19 Bobby Wahl | RHP | Oakland Athletics
Wahl went on the 60-day DL back on July 25, before Oakland sent him to Nashville (AAA) for a rehab assignment. In three games, Wahl pitched 3 2/3 innings with five hits allowed and eight strikeouts. The 2013 fifth round pick hasn’t pitched again since July 31.
Minor League Baseball Rebels
#15 Will Allen | 1B | Lakeland Flying Tigers (A-Advanced – Detroit Tigers)
The former captain on the 2014 College World Series team, Allen is in his third professional season in the Detroit organization. He leads the club with 40 RBI, and also ranks first on the team with 27 extra-base hits, including a club high 16 doubles. Overall the 2014 draft pick is hitting .245 with 33 runs scored and nine home runs.
#30 Aaron Barrett | RHP | Syracuse Chiefs (AAA – Washington Nationals)
Barrett is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss the entire 2016 season. In 2014 and 2015, the former Rebel appeared in a total of 90 games out of the bullpen for the Washington Nationals. He is currently assigned to the team's Triple-A affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs, as he works on making his return to the mound.
#20 Auston Bousfield | CF | San Antonio Missions (AA – San Diego Padres)
Bousfield is in his fourth season of pro ball, where he’s currently in AA with the San Antonio Missions. Since being assigned to San Antonio in late May, the 2014 All-American is responsible for 27 RBI and 63 hits. Overall, the Orlando, Florida, native is hitting .231 on the year across two clubs with 30 RBI and 20 extra-base hits.
#36 Matt Crouse | LHP | Erie Seawolves (AA – Detroit Tigers)
A 2011 pick in the draft, Crouse has spent a majority of the season with the Seawolves (AA). He got called up to Toledo (AAA) for a spot start, and remained there for five games, where he went 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA. But, since returning to Erie, the southpaw has three quality starts and two wins for the Seawolves.
#23 Chris Ellis | RHP | Springfield Cardinals (AA – St. Louis Cardinals)
A former member of the Atlanta Braves organization, Ellis has split time between Memphis (AAA) and Springfield (AA), where he’s totaled a 5.30 ERA with seven wins. In 17 appearances with Springfield (15 starts), Ellis is 5-8 with a 4.36 ERA in 88.2 innings. In his 11 games in Memphis, the Birmingham, Alabama native went 2-3 in 32 innings. He’s currently 1-4 with a 4.55 ERA in Springfield.
#32 David Goforth | RHP | Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA – Milwaukee Brewers)
A 2011 seventh round pick, Goforth has pitched 47 of his 48 innings with Colorado this season. The Meridian, Mississippi, native is 2-4 with a 4.40 ERA in 44 games, where he’s totaled five saves in 47 innings. He did get called up to Milwaukee back in April, where he appeared in one game.
#11 Henri Lartigue | C | Lakewood BlueClaws (A – Philadelphia Phillies)
The 2016 seventh round pick, Lartigue is second among Lakewood hitters with 43 RBI. He’s second on the team with 23 doubles, and also has eight long balls in his first full season as a Pro Reb. Lartigue has been just as effective behind the plate, cutting down 11-of-20 (55 percent) would be base stealers.
#15 Braxton Lee | CF | Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA – Miami Marlins)
A former Montgomery Biscuit, Lee remains in the Southern League with Jacksonville (AA), where leads the club with a .319 clip. The Picayune, Mississippi, native has 20 RBI and a .316 clip since joining the Jumbo Shrimp, helping the club to a 32-26 record, 1.5 games ahead in the Southern League South.
#59 Mike Mayers | RHP | Memphis Redbirds (AAA – St. Louis Cardinals)
Mayers has been back and forth a couple times this season to St. Louis and back to Memphis, where he currently sports a 5-6 record and 3.44 ERA in 27 appearances (15 starts). He was called up to St. Louis as recent as Aug. 18, where he pitched two thirds of an inning at Pittsburgh. Overall, the Grove City, Ohio, native has three outings for the Cardinals. His efforts in Memphis have helped the Redbirds to clinch the PCL American Southern Division, which the club clinched a few weeks back with a 21 game advantage (84-47) as of Aug. 25.
#8 Errol Robinson | SS | Great Lakes Loons (A – Los Angeles Dodgers)
An all-time fan favorite at Ole Miss, Robinson has advanced quickly through the Dodgers’ farm system in his first full year, currently with the (AA) Tulsa Drillers. In 48 games, the Boyds, Maryland, native is hitting .271 with 10 RBI and 51 hits. The former Rebel shortstop carried an eight-game hitting streak back in late July/early August, where he totaled 10 hits and 13 runs scored in just eight games. Robinson checks in on the Dodgers’ top-30 prospect list at No. 29.
#18 Cody Satterwhite | RHP | Syracuse Chiefs (AAA – Washington Nationals)
Satterwhite has appeared in 23 games for Syracuse this season totaling a 4.44 ERA and 1-3 record. The Jackson, Mississippi, native has an impressive 43-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 48.2 innings pitched, which also includes two starts.
#17 Wyatt Short | LHP | South Bend Cubs (A – Chicago Cubs)
The former Ole Miss closer has done that for South Bend (A) this season, converting for 14 saves for the Cubs. In 59 innings, the Southaven, Mississippi, native is 4-3 with 60 strikeouts and only 19 walks issued.
#30 Chad Smith | RHP | Greensboro Grasshoppers (A – Miami Marlins)
In 32 games for Greensboro, Smith has been effective with a 3-1 record and 2.08 ERA with six saves. In 43.1 innings of work, the McCalla, Alabama, native has struck out 49 opposing hitters with an average against of just .218. Dating back to the beginning of July the right-hander has gone 12 of 15 outings without allowing an earned run, earning four saves in that span.
#32 Matt Snyder | 1B | Trenton Thunder (AA – New York Yankees)
Snyder suffered a broken foot earlier this season for Trenton, and has not returned to play since May 11.
#40 Matt Tracy | LHP | Chattanooga Lookouts (AA – Minnesota Twins)
A 2011 pick to the Yankees, Tracy is currently on the DL with Chattanooga, where he’s 3-4 this season with a 4.04 ERA. In 62.1 innings for the Lookouts, the St. Louis, Missouri, native has struck out 53 batters allowing only 22 walks. Nine of his 13 outings have been starts, where he’s tallied five quality starts.
#18 Christian Trent | LHP | Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A – Milwaukee Brewers)
Trent has not made an appearance this season. Last year, the former Rebel ace spent time between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Brewers' rookie league team in Arizona. He was taken in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.
#49 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Reading Fightin Phils (AA – Philadelphia Phillies)
Waguespack, a 2012 draft pick, was called up to AA back at the end of July, and has since started four games for Reading. In five appearances with the Fightin Phils, the Waco, Texas, native has a 1-2 record and 5.09 ERA. He’s worked 23 innings and struck out 25 since joining the AA club. His time in Clearwater was successful, going 6-5 with a 3.29 ERA in 10 starts and 24 overall appearances.
#18 Scott Weathersby | RHP | Lancaster JetHawks (A-Advanced – Houston Astros)
The 2015 10th round pick to the Astros, Weathersby was recently announced as the new Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Campus Director at Ole Miss.
#12 J.B. Woodman | CF | Lansing Lugnuts (A – Toronto Blue Jays)
A second round pick last summer, Woodman is fifth on the club with 42 RBI, hitting .253 with 28 extra-base hits. The Orlando, Florida, native is sixth on the team with 83 hits, and ranks fifth with 41 runs.
#10 Austin Wright | LHP | Hartford Yard Goats (AA – Colorado Rockies)
Wright made seven appearances for the Hartford Yard Goats this season before going on the Colorado Rockies' restricted list, which allows the team to retain his contract rights when he returns to baseball. He last pitched on April 23, tossing a scoreless inning.
#11 Alex Yarbrough | 2B | Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA – Miami Marlins)
The 2014 fourth round pick has helped the Jumbo Shrimp to a 1.5 game lead in the Southern League’s South division down the stretch. The Allen, Texas, native has a .231 clip with 30 runs and 80 hits, producing 30 RBI off 23 extra-base hits for Jacksonville.
#25 David Parkinson | LHP | Williamsport Crosscutters (A-Short – Philadelphia Phillies)
Since being drafted in the 12th round by the Phillies back in June, Parkinson has made a huge impact for Williamsport, going 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA thus far in nine appearances, including one start. He’s struck out 31 opposing hitters and held them to a .205 clip, allowing only six earned runs in 24 innings. His highlight outing as a professional came just a few days ago, when he struck out 10 and allowed only one hit in five innings vs. Batavia. (FEATURE: August 20: Parkinson records career-high 10 strikeouts)tate
#4 Tate Blackman | 2B | Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie – Chicago White Sox)
A 13th round pick to Chicago, Blackman has 13 RBI off 30 total hits for the Voyagers in 39 games. The Orlando, Florida, native has posted 12 extra-base hits thus far, including nine doubles with 22 runs scored. The former Rebel second baseman had a consistent stretch back in early August, where he went 6-for-14 with eight RBI off four extra-base hits.
#48 Colby Bortles | 3B | Connecticut Tigers (A-Short – Detroit Tigers)
A 22nd round pick, Bortles has been in the mix as of late, totaling a .257 average and 18 RBI off 10 extra-base hits for Connecticut. He’s second on the team with 38 hits, and leads the club with 19 walks. Dating back to the start of August, the Orlando, Florida, native has 13 hits, and four RBI in his last 10 games alone.
#37 Kyle Watson | OF | Bristol Pirates (Rookie – Pittsburgh Pirates)
The former Rebel outfielder is hitting .248 with Bristol, totaling 12 RBI off eight extra-base hits. The Southaven, Mississippi, native has collected 29 hits and 18 runs scored as a professional in 35 games in the Pirates’ organization.
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