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Rebel Baseball Players in Pro’s

Lance Lynn  Photo courtesy of cheapseatchronicles.com
Lance Lynn
Photo courtesy of cheapseatchronicles.com

Ole Miss Baseball has a history of student-athletes playing professionally following their careers as Rebels. Currently, six former Rebels are on Major League Baseball rosters, while 21 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 Drafted: 2010
Barrett has made three appearances following the All-Star break, tossing a combined 1.2 scoreless innings. Moreover, since his return from the disabled list on July 10, the right-hander has not allowed a run to cross the plate. In 34 games out of the bullpen this season, the former Rebel has a 3-2 record on the mound, already matching his win total from his 2014 rookie campaign.

#8 Chris Coghlan | LF | Chicago Cubs Drafted: 2006
Returning from the All-Star break, Coghlan has recorded at least one hit in all four games he’s played, including two doubles and a home run. The pair of doubles increased Coghlan’s total to 17 on the season to go along with his .252 batting average. Hitting his ninth home run of the season last night against the Cincinnati Reds, the former Rebel tied his career-high for a single season. The left fielder also hit nine home runs during the 2009 and 2014 seasons. The 2009 National League Rookie of the Year is in his second season with the Chicago Cubs. (VIDEO: Coghlan’s home run-July 21)

#2 Zack Cozart | SS | Cincinnati Reds Drafted: 2007
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.

#31 Lance Lynn | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals Drafted: 2008
Lynn currently posts a record of 7-5 with a 2.79 ERA. After spending two weeks on the disabled list, the right-hander has continued to pitch well for the St. Louis Cardinals. Aside from a start against the Padres, Lynn has allowed only two earned runs amongst the other four outings since his return from injury. On Friday night, July 17, he limited the New York Mets to one run on three hits through seven innings of work. Lynn also struck out nine Mets on the evening, improving his strikeout total to 111 in 103.1 innings. Lynn is a regular in the Cardinals’ rotation for the fourth consecutive season. (VIDEO: Lynn’s Dominating Performance Versus the Mets-July 17)

#13 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Oakland Athletics Drafted: 2010
Since moving to the bullpen after spending time on the disabled list, Pomeranz has allowed just three runs over 20 relief appearances. He made his lone appearance last weekend against Minnesota, July 18, pitching a scoreless inning of relief to earn the victory. The southpaw is now 4-3 this season with a 3.58 ERA and one save in 28 total trips to the mound. 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.

#7 Seth Smith | DH/OF | Seattle Mariners Drafted: 2004
After a slow start back from the All-Star break, Smith has smacked a double in each of the last two games. The former Rebel now has 21 doubles on the season, ranking 11th in the American League. In the team’s current series versus Detroit, he has scored three times in two games. Smith has a .262 batting average in 2015, serving as the Mariners’ designated hitter, left fielder and right fielder at different times throughout this season. He has had 32 of his 65 hits go for extra bases, including 21 doubles, three triples and eight home runs. Smith is in his first season in Seattle after getting traded by the San Diego Padres during the offseason. (VIDEO: Smith’s RBI double-July 21)
Minor League Baseball Rebels

#30 Will Allen | C | Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season) – Detroit Tigers Drafted: 2014
Allen, a 2014 All-American for the Rebels, has played in 20 games for the Connecticut Tigers this season. Over the past 10 games, the catcher has recorded a pair of multi-hit games while also scoring five of his eight runs on the season during that stretch.

#26 Auston Bousfield | CF | Lake Elsinore Storm (Class A Advanced) – San Diego Padres Drafted: 2014
Bousfield continues to be one of the hottest Rebels in Minor League Baseball, hitting .355 over his last nine games. A center fielder for the Lake Elsinore Storm, Bousfield has reached base in nine-straight games and has scored a run in five consecutive contests, doing his job as the Storm’s leadoff hitter. He blasted his third home run of the season Sunday versus Modesto, giving his team the lead in the eighth inning. The 2014 All-American is hitting at a .292 clip through 80 games and ranks fourth in the league with 18 stolen bases.

#11 Hawtin Buchanan | RHP | Clinton LumberKings (Class A) – Seattle Mariners Drafted: 2014
Coming out of the bullpen twice throughout the past week, Buchanan did not surrender a hit or a run as opposing hitters only reached base via walks. This season, Buchanan has made 14 appearances for the LumberKings and is holding opposing hitters to a .187 average. Over his last 10 outings, he has allowed just two runs over 16.1 innings for an impressive ERA of 1.10. For the entire 2015 campaign, the former Rebel posts a 3.48 ERA to go along with 29 strikeouts in 20.2 innings of relief.

#27 Matt Crouse | LHP | Erie SeaWolves (Double-A) – Detroit Tigers Drafted: 2011
Crouse has made four appearances for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves and has pitched effectively in three of those outings. He allowed only one run in three relief appearances (5.1 innings) before Altoona got to the southpaw last night. 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 Drafted: 2014
Since being promoted to the Arkansas Travelers, Ellis has been impressive with his new club. The former Rebel is 4-1 in eight starts with the Travelers, posting a 3.61 ERA in 42.1 innings of work. Ellis was undefeated in his first seven starts but did not get the run support needed Monday night; the Travelers scored only one run with Ellis on the mound, and the right-hander took the loss by allowing three runs to cross the plate. 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 to start the season.

#32 David Goforth| RHP | Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A) – Milwaukee Brewers Drafted: 2011
Goforth continued to keep opposing hitters in-check, not allowing a baserunner in a pair of outings last week. Over his last 10 outings with the Colorado Sky Sox, he surrendered just one run for a 0.96 ERA and picked up three saves. In his last 29 appearances between the big leagues and the minors, Goforth has allowed just three runs over 31 innings of work. The former Rebel has a 2.48 ERA for the Sky Sox, and he did not allow a run during his call up to the Milwaukee Brewers. He first got called up to the Brewers on May 25. One day later, 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.

#6 Aaron Greenwood | RHP | Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Advanced) – Houston Astros Drafted: 2014
Greenwood has one win and one save in seven appearances with the Lancaster JetHawks. He reported to the Quad Cities River Bandits in the middle of May and was effective immediately upon arrival, earning him a quick call up to the JetHawks. Prior to his promotion, the former Rebel right-hander surrendered only one run over nine appearances, giving him an ERA of 0.63 for Quad Cities.

#25 R.J. Hively | RHP | Visalia Rawhide (Class A Advanced) – Arizona Diamondbacks Drafted: 2012
Since joining the Visalia Rawhide, Hively has made four starts and has struck out 29 hitters over 19 innings. In his last start, July 17, the former Rebel struck out 10 hitters over six innings. Hively pitched in 19 games this season for the Mobile BayBears before making the transition to the Rawhide.

#49 Josh Laxer | RHP | Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season) – Detroit Tigers Drafted: 2014
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 Drafted: 2014
After a quiet weekend, Lee has recorded a hit in three-straight games against St. Lucie. Overall on the season, he is hitting .276 through 81 games with the Stone Crabs. The former Rebel has crossed the plate 37 times this season to go along with 72 hits, providing a spark at the bottom of the Charlotte lineup.

#53 Mike Mayers | RHP | Springfield Cardinals (AA) – St. Louis Cardinals Drafted: 2013
Mayers made his return to the Springfield Cardinals this past week after spending nearly two months on the disabled list along with getting some rehab work as a member of the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. Following two rehab outings in which the former Rebel allowed one run over seven innings, he tossed 2.2 innings of relief in his return to the Double-A club, July 18.

#25 Sikes Orvis | 1B | Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie) – Chicago White Sox Drafted: 2015
After hitting 34 home runs throughout his Ole Miss career, Orvis left the yard for the first time as a professional on July 18. The slugger added a solo homer in the eighth inning of his team’s 13-6 victory. Overall, Orvis has played in 17 games for the Great Falls Voyagers, the White Sox’s rookie team, recording 14 hits and 15 runs to go along with 10 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.

#55 Cody Satterwhite | RHP | Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A) – New York Mets Drafted: 2008
Satterwhite made three relief appearances over the past week, allowing just one hit in three scoreless innings of work. The former Rebel has not allowed a run to score in his last six outings, spanning 12 days. 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 38 appearances out of the bullpen, posting a 2-0 record to go along with a pair of saves.

#29 Matt Snyder | 1B | Trenton Thunder (Double-A) – New York Yankees Drafted: 2012
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.

#55 Matt Tracy | LHP | Trenton Thunder (Double-A) – New York Yankees Drafted: 2011
Tracy is currently a teammate of fellow Rebel Matt Snyder, pitching for the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the Yankees. Over the last week, the former Rebel made two relief appearances that totaled seven innings of work. Tracy tossed four scoreless innings last night, allowing only one hitter to reach base. As a member of the Thunder, Tracy has a 2.81 ERA in 25.2 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 Drafted: 2015
Trent started a pair of games over the last week, including the best start of his young professional career. Last night on the mound, the southpaw tossed five scoreless innings to earn the win, allowing four hits and recording four strikeouts. He has made six appearances for the Helena Brewers, including four starts. In 20.2 innings, Trent posts a 2-1 record and a 3.92 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 Drafted: 2013
Turner had himself quite a week, producing at the plate as well as behind the dish as the Chattanooga Lookouts’ catcher. Over the past five games, the former Rebels has recorded three multi-hit games while also throwing out three baserunners attempting to swipe a bag. A 2013 All-American at Ole Miss, Turner has played in 65 games this season for the Lookouts. The catcher has three home runs to his credit to go along with 23 runs and 21 RBI. He has thrown out 19 baserunners in 2015 and also has four stolen bases himself.

#49 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Williamsport Crosscutters (Class A Short Season) – Philadelphia Phillies Drafted: 2015
Waguespack, who signed as a free agent with the Phillies following the 2015 MLB Draft, has made four appearances as one of the newest professional Rebels. Aside from his debut, he has allowed only one run out of his other three relief outings for the team’s rookie club, the Gulf Coach League Phillies. On Monday, the right-hander tossed a scoreless inning; since then, Waguespack has been called up to the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Phillies’ Class A Short Season club. He has yet to make an appearance with his new team.

#28 Bobby Wahl | RHP | Midland RockHounds (Double-A) – Oakland Athletics Drafted: 2013
Following a one-month stint on the disabled list, Wahl returned to the mound, July 9. He has made four appearances since being back, tossing one inning each time out. Wahl picked up the win, July 15, and added a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday to round out his week. 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 Drafted: 2015
Weathersby made one relief appearance over the past week, but it was a memorable one. The former Rebel pitched 3.2 innings, giving up one run on three hits and striking out five, to earn the first victory of his professional career. The Rebel drafted highest in the 2015 MLB Draft, selected in the 10th round of the Houston Astros, Weathersby has made five appearances for the Tri-City ValleyCats. The right-hander has pitched a total of 12.1 innings, tossing at least two innings in each outing.

#9 Alex Yarbrough | 2B | Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A) – Los Angeles Angels
Yarbrough has eight hits over the past five games, including a pair of multi-hit performances in his last two contests. The former Rebel has 89 hits on the season to go along with a .244 average, 43 runs and 38 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.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports Information


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