Oct. 4, 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.
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 finished second amongst the team’s starters with a .297 average behind Joey Votto’s impressive 2017 campaign. Cozart went on the 10-day DL in late July, but was reactivated on August 6. After his return, the Memphis, Tennessee, native had 12 home runs and 24 RBI to close out the regular season with the Reds.
#31 Lance Lynn | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals
Dating back to mid-July, Lynn continued his consistency for the Cardinals, just one win behind the team leaders with an 11-8 record. His 3.43 ERA ranked first amongst starting pitchers, and he finished third on the club with 153 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. The Cardinals finished the 2017 season without a playoff run as Lynn’s contract with St. Louis expired at the end of this season.
#31 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Boston Red Sox
Pomeranz has been a key factor in Boston’s success this season, and was instrumental in helping the Red Sox secure the American League East with a win on the last game of the regular season. With 17 wins on the year, Pomeranz is only one win behind the league-leaders who sit at 18. Since the All-Star Break, Pomeranz is 7-2 for Boston with seven quality starts, including three shutouts. The Collierville, Tennessee, native ranks seventh in the AL with a 3.32 ERA, and top-10 in the league with 9.017 strikeouts per 9 IP. The southpaw will get the start for Boston in game two of the ALDS vs. Houston on Friday, Oct. 6. (VIDEO – October 1: Pomeranz on Facing Astros in ALDS)
#14 Alex Presley | OF | Detroit Tigers
Presley continued to help the Tigers in a utility/reserve role, where he hit an impressive .314 with 20 RBI and 77 hits in 245 at-bats this season. The lefty went on the 10-day DL in late July and was re-activated Aug. 12, where he finished the regular season strong with 39 hits in 30 games.
#7 Seth Smith | RF | Baltimore Orioles
Smith, in his first season with Baltimore, maintained a .258 clip with 32 RBI and 85 hits in 330 at-bats. The 2004 second round pick began the season on a home run tear, and finished with 13 long balls on the year. The Orioles missed out on the playoffs, but Smith, an 11-year veteran in the MLB, will look to continue his success going forward in his career.
#32 Stuart Turner | C | Cincinnati Reds
The 2013 third round pick played in 37 games for the Reds and has seven RBI off 11 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 | Erie Seawolves (AA – Detroit Tigers)
The former captain on the 2014 College World Series team, Allen just wrapped up his third professional season in the Detroit organization. He led his High-A club with 40 RBI, and also ranked first on the team with 27 extra-base hits, including a club high 16 doubles. Overall the 2014 draft pick hit .245 with 33 runs scored and nine home runs before being moving up to the team’s Double-A affiliate near the end of the 2017 season.
#30 Aaron Barrett | RHP | Syracuse Chiefs (AAA – Washington Nationals)
Barrett is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss the entire 2017 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 just completed 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 was responsible for 30 RBI and 68 hits. Overall, the Orlando, Florida, native hit .232 on the year across two clubs with 33 RBI and 23 extra-base hits.
#36 Matt Crouse | LHP | Toledo Mudhens (AAA – Detroit Tigers)
A 2011 pick in the draft, Crouse has spent a majority of the season with the Seawolves (AA). He was 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. Upon returning to Erie, the southpaw had three quality starts and two wins for the Seawolves. To close out his season, Crouse was once again called up to AAA to compete with the Toledo Mud Hens.
#23 Chris Ellis | RHP | Springfield Cardinals (AA – St. Louis Cardinals)
A former member of the Atlanta Braves organization, Ellis split time between Memphis (AAA) and Springfield (AA), where totaled a 5.29 ERA with seven wins. In 19 appearances with Springfield (17 starts), Ellis went 5-9 with a 4.45 ERA in 99.0 innings. In his 11 games in Memphis, the Birmingham, Alabama native went 2-3 in 32 innings. Ellis finished his 2017 campaign in Springfield with a 7-12 overall record for the year.
#32 David Goforth | RHP | Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA – Milwaukee Brewers)
A 2011 seventh round pick, Goforth pitched 53.1 of his 54.1 innings with Colorado this season. The Meridian, Mississippi, native finished 3-4 with a 3.98 ERA in 48 games, where he totaled five saves. 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 finished second among Lakewood hitters with 44 RBI. His 23 doubles rank second on the team, and he also hit 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-21 (52 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 he excelled with a .309 average at the plate. The Picayune, Mississippi, native had 21 RBI and a .294 clip since joining the Jumbo Shrimp, helping earn the club a postseason bid, where Lee was named a Southern League Postseason All-Star.
#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 3.28 ERA in 31 appearances (15 starts). He was called up to St. Louis on Aug. 18, where he pitched two thirds of an inning at Pittsburgh. His efforts in Memphis helped the Redbirds to clinch the PCL American Southern Division, and win their first league title since 2009.
#8 Errol Robinson | SS | Tulsa Drillers (AA – 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 57 games, the Boyds, Maryland, native hit .273 with 14 RBI and 62 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 appeared in 24 games for Syracuse this season totaling a 4.35 ERA and 1-3 record. The Jackson, Mississippi, native finished with an impressive 43-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 49.2 innings pitched, which also includes two starts.
#17 Wyatt Short | LHP | South Bend Cubs (A – Chicago Cubs)
The former Ole Miss closer did just that for South Bend (A) this season, converting for 16 saves for the Cubs. In 62 innings, the Southaven, Mississippi, native went 4-3 with 62 strikeouts and only 20 walks issued.
#30 Chad Smith | RHP | Greensboro Grasshoppers (A – Miami Marlins)
In 34 games for Greensboro, Smith was effective with a 3-2 record and 2.93 ERA with seven saves. In 46 innings of work, the McCalla, Alabama, native struck out 52 opposing hitters with an average against of just .236.
#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 closed out the year with a rehab assignment with Chattanooga, where he finished 3-4 this season with a 4.04 ERA. In 62.1 innings for the Lookouts, the St. Louis, Missouri, native struck out 53 batters allowing only 22 walks. Nine of his 13 outings were starts, where he 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 | Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA – Philadelphia Phillies)
Waguespack, a 2012 draft pick, was called up to AA back at the end of July, and since started four games for Reading. The Waco, Texas native has been all around the Phillies organization this year, starting in Class A and finishing in Lehigh Valley (AAA) after being called up on September 6. The former Rebel had an impressive 2017 season throughout two teams, recording a 3.42 ERA with 108 strikeouts in 105.1 innings.
#12 J.B. Woodman | CF | Lansing Lugnuts (A – Toronto Blue Jays)
A second round pick last summer, Woodman finished fifth on the club with 45 RBI, hitting .240 with 31 extra-base hits. The Orlando, Florida, native also racked up in hits (87) and runs (44) for the Lugnuts this year.
#10 Austin Wright | LHP | Boise Hawks (A-Short Season – 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, and was sent to Boise this summer.
#11 Alex Yarbrough | 2B | Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA – Miami Marlins)
The 2014 fourth round pick helped the Jumbo Shrimp to clinch a playoff berth down the stretch. The Allen, Texas, native finished with a .231 clip with 32 runs and 84 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 made an immediate impact for Williamsport, going 1-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 11 appearances, including three starts. He struck out 42 opposing hitters and held them to a .242 clip, allowing only nine earned runs in 32.2 innings. His highlight outing as a professional came in August, when he struck out 10 and allowed only one hit in five innings vs. Batavia.
#4 Tate Blackman | 2B | Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie – Chicago White Sox)
A 13th round pick to Chicago, Blackman finished with 23 RBI off 40 total hits for the Voyagers in 49 games. The Orlando, Florida, native posted 16 extra-base hits, including 10 doubles with 27 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 finished strong a .251 average and 23 RBI off 13 extra-base hits for Connecticut. He finished second on the team 47 hits, and led the club with 23 walks in his debut season.
#37 Kyle Watson | OF | Bristol Pirates (Rookie – Pittsburgh Pirates)
The former Rebel outfielder hit .224 with Bristol, totaling 14 RBI off nine extra-base hits. The Southaven, Mississippi, native collected 30 hits and 22 runs scored as a professional in 40 games in the Pirates’ organization.
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