BASEBALL #ProRebs: Weekly Update 08.26
Former Rebel Braxton Lee (Photo by Jim Donten)
Aug. 26, 2015

#ProRebs
#MLB Rebs

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
Barrett was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list, Aug. 21, after being diagnosed with a sprained right elbow. After allowing runs for the first time in 10 appearances since a return from injury, Aug. 5, 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, matching his win total from his 2014 rookie campaign.

#8 Chris Coghlan | LF | Chicago Cubs 
Over the past week, Coghlan hit at a .261 clip, recording a pair of triples as well as his 15th home run of the season. After hitting just one triple all season, the former Rebel smack a three-base hit in back-to-back games; closing out the big hits in a three-game stretch, he homered against the Atlanta Braves, Aug. 21. 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 only made one 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 makes a diving stop-Aug. 23)

#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 made on relief appearance for the Brewers over the past week, allowing one run in 2.1 innings, Aug. 22. 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 eight appearances with the club, striking out nine over 8.2 innings. 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 got back on the winning track, Aug. 24, allowing two runs over six innings to take the victory. Despite allowing nine hits, Lynn was able to get out of jams by forcing four groundball double plays. The win gave the former Rebel double-digit victories for the fourth consecutive year, each season he has been in the Cardinals' rotation. Overall in 2015, Lynn boasts a record of 10-8 with a 2.94 ERA, including 146 strikeouts over his 140.2 innings of work. He has helped the Cardinal pitching staff to the lowest ERA in Major League Baseball. (VIDEO: Lynn gets the win-August 24)

#13 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Oakland Athletics
Pomeranz pitched three times over the past week without surrendering a run in 2.2 innings and picking up a save along the way. Against the Dodgers, Aug. 19, Pomeranz tossed a scoreless inning of relief to close the game and secure a victory for Oakland. Through his last seven games, the former Rebel posted a 1.04 ERA with 12 strikeouts. Since moving to the bullpen after spending time on the disabled list, Pomeranz has allowed just seven runs over 32 relief appearances. The southpaw is 4-5 this season with a 3.58 ERA and two saves in 41 total trips to the mound, totaling 75.1 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. (VIDEO: Pomeranz collects a save-August 19)

#7 Seth Smith | DH/OF | Seattle Mariners
Smith played in two games last week, pinch-hitting against the White Sox, Aug. 23, and smacking a double last night versus Oakland. Overall, the former Rebel has a .253 batting average in 2015, serving as the Mariners' designated hitter, left fielder and right fielder at different times throughout this season. He has had 38 of his 78 hits go for extra bases with 24 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
After playing in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, Allen continued where he left off at the break, going 3-for-4 with two RBI in the first game back and leading his team to an 11-1 victory over Vermont, Aug. 21. Going from an All-American for the Rebels to an All-Star for the Connecticut Tigers, Allen is swinging a hot bat recording 15 hits over the last 10 games for a .417 clip. For the season, he is batting .299 with 46 hits, 25 RBI and 22 runs in 44 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 .263 clip and ranks sixth in the California League with 22 stolen bases. He has 111 hits and has scored 54 runs in 108 games. He also has 12 doubles, two triples and three home runs to his credit.

#11 Hawtin Buchanan | RHP | Clinton LumberKings (Class A) - Seattle Mariners
Buchanan twice over the past week, including a lengthy relief outing on Aug. 24. Against Quad Cities, he came out of the bullpen for 3.1 innings, proving long relief and allowing just one run. This season, the right-hander has made 22 appearances for the Clinton LumberKings and is holding opposing hitters to a .222 batting average. For the entire 2015 campaign, the former Rebel posts a 3.96 ERA to go along with 48 strikeouts in 36.1 innings of relief.

#27 Matt Crouse | LHP | Erie SeaWolves (Double-A) - Detroit Tigers
Crouse made two appearances over the past week. He collected a save, Aug. 20, before adding a scoreless inning of relief three days later. The former Rebel has made 11 appearances for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves and has a 3.38 ERA and three 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
Ellis earned another victory in his last start, lasting six innings without allowing an earned run. He issued three talks and two hits, while striking out six in a 7-1 victory over San Antonio, Aug. 23. The former Rebel is 6-3 in 13 starts with the Arkansas Travelers, posting a 3.52 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 69.0 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
In this second week with his new team, Hively made a pair of appearances, which included a three-inning save, Aug. 20. The save was the former Rebel's first with the Triple-A Reno Aces. 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 filled up the stat sheet in multiple areas last night, registering a run, hit, RBI and stolen base. The steal gave Lee 20 stolen bases for the year, ranking 16th in the Florida State League. Overall on the season, Lee has a .268 average through 107 games with the Stone Crabs. The former Rebel has crossed the plate 42 times to go along with 93 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
Although they were Swayze Showers, Orvis brought the rain last week by belting home runs in back-to-back games. His 2-for-3 day with one homer and three RBI helped Great Falls to a 10-5 win over Grand Junction, Aug. 20. The next day, the former Rebel homered again, this time against former teammate Christian Trent's Helena Brewers. Overall, Orvis has played in 36 games for the Great Falls Voyagers, the White Sox's rookie team, recording 30 hits, 23 runs and 19 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
With the help of Presley and his consistent hitting, the Fresno Grizzlies captured their first division title since 1998 last night. The former Rebel also showed off his speed last evening, stealing Presley two bases as the Grizzlies clinched the crown. Presley is hitting at a .309 clip for the team this season, smacking 94 hits over 81 games. He was called up to the Astros earlier this season, playing in 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 and did not allow a run in either appearance. He earned his seventh hold of the season by tossing a scoreless inning against Omaha, Aug. 20. 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 49 appearances out of the bullpen, posting a 2-0 record to go along with a pair of saves. He has 65 strikeouts in 64.0 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 pitched twice last week, including a performance of 2.1 scoreless innings versus Akron. As a member of the Thunder, Tracy boasts a 2.22 ERA in 44.1 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
After nearly a month off the mound due elbow tightness, Trent returned to the rubber this past week. The southpaw made two appearances, including a scoreless inning of relief, Aug. 23. He has made 10 appearances for the Helena Brewers, including four starts. In 26.2 innings, Trent posts a 2-1 record and a 4.73 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 recorded hits in four of the five games he played in last week, including a 3-for-5 performance with three RBI against Pensacola. Three days later, he reached base four time by hitting a triple and drawing three walks. Turner continues to show off his arm from behind the plate. He has thrown out 31 attempted base stealers this season, a new career high for the former Rebel. A 2013 All-American at Ole Miss, Turner has played in 88 games for the Lookouts this season. The catcher has four home runs to his credit to go along with 36 runs and 33 RBI.

#49 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Williamsport Crosscutters (Class A Short Season) - Philadelphia Phillies
Waguespack appeared out of the bullpen three times over the past week, striking out seven hitters over 4.1 innings without surrendering an earned run. 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 12 appearances without allowing an earned run. As a Crosscutter, the right-hander has pitched 18.0 innings, surrendering just six hits, striking out 21 and limiting hitters to just a .105 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
In his lone outing last week, Weathersby pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four of the seven batters he faced, Aug. 21. On the season, he has a 2-1 record to go along with a 2.64 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 27.1 innings, tossing at least two innings in each outing and recording 31 strikeouts.

#9 Alex Yarbrough | 2B | Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A) - Los Angeles Angels
Yarbrough recorded a hit in four games last week, including a 2-for-3 day against Iowa, Aug. 21. As a switch-hitter, Yarbrough continues to appear in the daily lineup for the Salt Lake Bees. The former Rebel has 112 hits on the season to go along with 55 runs and 46 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.

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