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. OleMissSports.com will update Rebel fans about the current #ProRebs making their mark on professional baseball diamonds across the country.
With Major League Baseball in its last month and most of the minor leagues already done, this update will provide a season recap for the #ProRebs whose seasons are finished. 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 feeling some discomfort in his right elbow, Aug. 5, Barrett was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season. The injury did not improve, forcing the former Rebel to visit Dr. James Andrews. Barrett underwent Tommy John surgery, Sept. 3, and has already begun the expected 12-month rehabilitation process. In 40 games out of the bullpen in 2015, the former Rebel had a 3-3 record on the mound, matching his win total from his 2014 rookie campaign.
#8 Chris Coghlan | LF | Chicago Cubs As the Chicago Cubs make a push towards the playoffs, Coghlan has produced at the plate by hitting .333 during the month of September. The former Rebel had a monster day on Sunday (Sept. 13) against the Phillies, going 4-for-5 with two triples and blasting his 16th home run of the season. Coghlan became the first Cub to hit two triples and a homer in the same game since 1950. The pair of triples gave Coghlan five on the season, just one away from his career high he set in 2009 as a rookie with the Marlins. For the season, Coghlan is hitting at a .256 clip with 104 hits, 59 runs and 41 RBI. Although he has primarily been the starting left fielder, the Cubs have asked Coghlan to play right field and 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. (STORY: Coghlan’s Historic Day-Sept. 13) (VIDEO: Coghlan's Monster Day-Sept. 13)
#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 has not allowed a run to score in three of his past four outings, including a pair of performances in which he tossed two innings of relief in each appearance. Goforth’s dominance in Triple-A gave 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 14 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 Another former Rebel that is on track to pitch in the MLB Playoffs, Lynn boasts a record of 11-8 with a 3.17 ERA, including 153 strikeouts over his 156.0 innings of work. He picked up his 11th victory of the season against the Giants, tossing seven innings of shutout baseball. During that game, Lynn suffered an ankle injury, but just missed one scheduled start. Lynn has double-digit victories for the fourth consecutive year, each season he has been in the Cardinals’ rotation.
#13 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Oakland Athletics Pomeranz has a 2.20 ERA over his last 15 games, striking out 21 hitters and recording a pair of saves during that stretch. In his last four appearances, the former Rebel did not surrender an earned run. The southpaw is 4-5 this season with a 3.58 ERA and three saves in 49 total trips to the mound, totaling 83.0 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. After returning from injury, the A’s moved him to the bullpen. (VIDEO: Pomeranz picks off a baserunner-Sept. 6)
#7 Seth Smith | DH/OF | Seattle Mariners Smith led the Mariners to victory Monday night (Sept. 14) with a 3-RBI game, hitting his 11th home run of the season and delivering a RBI double. Overall, the former Rebel has a 47 runs and 40 RBI in 2015, serving as the Mariners’ designated hitter, left fielder and right fielder at different times throughout this season. He has had 46 of his 89 hits go for extra bases with 30 doubles, five triples and 11 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 had a tremendous rookie season with the Connecticut Tigers. Going from an All-American for the Rebels to a New York-Penn League All-Star, Allen hit at a .324 clip and led the Tigers in hits (66), runs (28), doubles (13), and RBI (41) throughout the season. Along with his normal catching duties, the former Rebel also played first base at times during the 2015 campaign. Recently, Ole Miss Sports caught up with Allen to see what a day is like as a Pro Reb. (VIDEO: On the Farm with Will Allen)
#26 Auston Bousfield | CF | San Antonio Missions (Double-A) – San Diego Padres Another 2014 All-American for Ole Miss, Bousfield was another rookie Pro Reb that put together an impressive season. The former Rebel spent the majority of the season with the Lake Elsinore Storm, batting .273 with 109 hits in 102 games. He also stole 22 bases, which ranked ninth in the California League. Bousfield’s success at that level earned him a promotion to the San Diego Padres’ Double-A affiliate, the San Antonio Missions. He closed out the season with his new team, tallying 18 hits in 19 games. (VIDEO: Bousfield singles in a run-Sept. 4)
#11 Hawtin Buchanan | RHP | Clinton LumberKings (Class A) – Seattle Mariners Buchanan finished his second minor league season with a 4.14 ERA in 26 appearances for the Clinton LumberKings. The former Rebel struck out 53 hitters over 41.1 innings, holding them to a .219 average.
#27 Matt Crouse | LHP | Erie SeaWolves (Double-A) – Detroit Tigers Crouse played for two teams in 2015, finished the season with the Double-A Erie SeaWolves. He posted a 2.55 ERA out of the Erie bullpen, including a 1.00 ERA with three saves in his final 10 outings (18.0 innings) of the year. 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 a promotion during the middle of the season, making his final 15 starts with the Arkansas Travelers. For the Double-A affiliate, the right-hander went 7-4 with a 3.92 ERA over 78.0 innings. 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 Hively spent the 2015 season with three different teams, and ultimately wound up just one promotion away from the big leagues. Pitching for the Triple-A Reno Aces, the former Rebel went 2-1 in eight appearances, making two starts and along collecting a save out of the bullpen. 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 did not make an appearance throughout the season due to injury.
#30 Braxton Lee | CF | Charlotte Stone Crabs (Class A Advanced) – Tampa Bay Rays Lee put together a productive year at the bottom of the Charlotte Stone Crab lineup, hitting at a .281 clip to help lead the team to a Florida State League Championship. In the title-clinching game, the former Rebel smacked two hits and added a crucial run in the 3-2 victory. He finished the season by batting .415 over the past 10 games. Lee provided speed on the base path this season, swiping a team-high 23 bases, which also ranked ninth in the league. He also tallied 105 hits on the 2015 campaign, the second-most on the Stone Crabs.
#35 Mike Mayers | RHP | Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) – St. Louis Cardinals The injury bug affected Mayers throughout the year as he spent the majority of the season on the disabled list. He first got hurt in May, but returned in July to post two solid rehab outings (1-0, 1.29 ERA) leading up to his return with the Springfield Cardinals. He made three starts for the Cardinals in his return, but he did not factor into any game decisions before going back on the DL. Overall, the former Rebel made 10 starts for the Double-A affiliate, pitching a total of 46.2 innings.
#25 Sikes Orvis | 1B | Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie) – Chicago White Sox Four months ago, Swayze Showers were pouring after Orvis belted another homer, one of 34 he hit throughout his career to crack the top 10 in Ole Miss Baseball history. Then, the slugger was chosen in the 17th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox and quickly signed to begin his professional career. The new Pro Reb was sent to the Great Falls Voyagers, where he hit four homers, tallied 21 RBI and scored 25 runs in the short season Pioneer League.
#25 Alex Presley | LF | Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A) – Houston Astros Presley is one of the few minor league Pro Rebs whose season is still incomplete; Presley and the Fresno Grizzlies are facing the Round Rock Express in the Pacific Coast League Championship. In the best-of-five series, the former Rebel recorded two hits and a RBI in the series-opening loss. Presley is hitting .292 for the Grizzlies this season with 97 hits, 49 RBI, and 48 runs. Earlier this season, he was called up to the big leagues, playing eight games for the Houston Astros.
#55 Cody Satterwhite | RHP | Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A) – New York Mets For the Las Vegas 51s, Satterwhite made 49 appearances out of the bullpen, posting a 2-0 record to go along with a pair of saves. He had 71 strikeouts in 72.0 innings of work. The former Rebel finished the season on a strong note, allowing just two runs over his last 10 outings for an ERA of 1.93 during that stretch.
#29 Matt Snyder | 1B | Trenton Thunder (Double-A) – New York Yankees Snyder was another Pro Reb who dealt with injuries throughout the 2015 campaign. The former Reb hit .359 in 28 games between the Trenton Thunder and the Tampa Yankees this season. He 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. 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 also spent the season with three different teams from Double-A all the way up to MLB. The former Rebel finished 2015 as a member of the Trenton Thunder, where he posted a 2.29 ERA in 51.0 innings. At the start of the season, 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, April 11.
#32 Christian Trent | LHP | Helena Brewers (Rookie) – Milwaukee Brewers 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. He posted a 2-1 record in his rookie season, striking out 25 and only walking four hitters over 34.2 innings. In his professional 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, the Helena Brewers.
#30 Stuart Turner | C | Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A) – Minnesota Twins Turner is another Pro Reb that is currently competing for a championship. As a catcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts, Turner and his team are facing the Biloxi Shuckers in the Southern League Championship Series (SLCS). Throughout the 2015 season, the former Rebel has thrown out 32 baserunners attempting to steal, a personal best in his three-year professional career. He also has 73 hits, 40 runs and 37 RBI at this point of the season, with just a few games remaining in the quest for the league crown.
#49 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Williamsport Crosscutters (Class A Short Season) – Philadelphia Phillies Fresh off pitching for the Rebels in May, Waguespack had an outstanding rookie campaign. As a reliever for the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Phillies’ Class A Short Season club, he was lights out on the mound. The former Rebel did not allow an earned run in his first 13 outings with the team, spanning 20.0 innings. He finished the season with a 0.42 ERA, punching out 25 over 21.1 innings and holding hitters to a .132 average at the dish. His performances on the mound helped the Crosscutters claim the Pinckney Division title in the New York-Penn League. 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 to the Crosscutters.
#28 Bobby Wahl | RHP | Midland RockHounds (Double-A) – Oakland Athletics In 24 outings this season, Wahl sported a 2-0 record with a 4.18 ERA. The right-hander also appeared out of the back end of the bullpen for the RockHounds, making four saves this season. Injuries bothered the former Rebel and his season came to an end early. After an appearance July 18, Wahl was sidelined for the remainder of the year.
#37 Scott Weathersby | RHP | Tri-City ValleyCats (Class A Short Season) – Houston Astros The Rebel drafted highest in the 2015 MLB Draft, selected in the 10th round of the Houston Astros, Weathersby made 12 appearances for the Tri-City ValleyCats. The right-hander pitched a total of 32.2 innings during his rookie season, tossing at least two innings in 11 of his 12 outings. On the season, he has a 3-1 record to go along with a 2.48 ERA. Weathersby posted an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio, punching out 39 hitters and walking just six.
#9 Alex Yarbrough | 2B | Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A) – Los Angeles Angels Yarbrough played in 128 games this season and had 500 at-bats. The former Rebel had 118 hits on the season to go along with 56 runs and 48 RBI. An All-American during his time at Ole Miss, Yarbrough finished his third full season in the minors as the Angels’ No. 14 prospect. He has been promoted after each year, and will look for next call up will be to the big leagues next season.
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