Ole Miss Baseball has a history of student-athletes playing professionally following their careers as Rebels. Currently, nine former Rebels are on Major League Baseball rosters, while 25 others are working their way up through the minor leagues. Throughout the summer, OleMissSports.com will update Rebel fans about the current #ProRebs making their mark on professional baseball diamonds across the country.
With Major League Baseball on its All-Star Break, 2007 second round draft pick Zack Cozart will start for the National League in Tuesday night’s (July 11) MLB All-Star Game at 7 p.m. CT on FOX.
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 | 3B/LF | Toronto Blue Jays
Since being called up to Toronto on April 14, the 2006 first round pick has played in 36 games for the Blue Jays totaling 75 at-bats. Coghlan has 15 hits, seven runs scored, one home run, and five RBI for Toronto. He was placed on the 10-day DL on June 16 due to a left wrist contusion.
#2 Zack Cozart | SS | Cincinnati Reds
In his sixth season as the Reds’ starting shortstop, Cozart has had his best year yet on many levels. Tuesday night (July 11), he will start the 2017 MLB All-Star Game for the National League, in what is his first All-Star nod. The 2007 second round pick finished the first half of the season second among all shortstops in baseball with a .941 OPS. He hit nine home runs, 18 doubles, six triples, and drove in 35 runs for the Reds totaling a .316 clip in the first half. The Memphis, Tennessee native received more than 1.9 million fan votes to lead all National League shortstops, fending off Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and the large Los Angeles market. (VIDEO – July 8: Cozart’s RPI triple at Arizona)
#31 Lance Lynn | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals 2008 first round pick, Lynn is in his fifth season as a member of the rotation. In 18 starts in the first half of the 2017 season, Lynn is 7-6 with a 3.61 ERA. The righty has struck out 93 batters in 102.1 innings pitched, holding opponents to a .210 clip. He most recently threw seven scoreless innings against the Mets (July 9) allowing only three hits. The Cardinals are 43-45 at the break, 5.5 games out of first in the NL Central race. (VIDEO – July 9: Lynn’s three-hit shutout vs. Mets)
#31 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Boston Red Sox
The 2016 All-Star selection, Pomeranz has helped the Red Sox to 50 wins thus far, leading the AL East division by 3.5 games over the Yankees. The fifth overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, the southpaw has been a key piece to Boston’s rotation, totaling a 9-4 record and 3.60 ERA thus far. The Collierville, Tennessee native is one of the top strikeout pitchers in the AL and all of baseball, with 98 Ks in just 90 innings pitched. His last three outings have all resulted in victories, including a four-hit performance against the Twins (June 27), and back-to-back wins within the division against Toronto (July 2) and Tampa Bay (July 7). Making his debut in 2011, Pomeranz is a seven-year MLB veteran.
#14 Alex Presley | OF | Detroit Tigers
After receiving the call up to Detroit back on May 28, Presley has appeared in 21 games batting at a .286 clip. The Monroe, Louisiana native has nine RBI, three steals and seven runs scored for the Tigers. He finished the first half of the season on a high note, driving in four runs over his final three games. Against San Francisco (July 6), he had a pair of RBI singles, and followed that with a two-RBI double at Cleveland (July 9). (VIDEO – July 6: Presley’s two RBI singles against Giants)
#7 Seth Smith | RF | Baltimore Orioles
A 2004 second round pick, Smith has solidified himself as the starting right fielder for Baltimore. Through 65 games, the Jackson, Mississippi native is hitting .259 with nine home runs and 20 RBI. His 12 doubles rank fifth on the club, and he’s sixth overall in hits with 56. He turned it up as of late at the plate, driving in two runs off a double back on July 2 against Tampa Bay, and totaled five hits in a three-game set at Minnesota (July 6-8) prior to the All-Star break.
#32 Stuart Turner | C | Cincinnati Reds
After going on a rehab assignment to the Louisville Bats (AAA), Turner was activated from the 10-day DL on June 18, and has been with the Reds ever since. Overall, the 2013 third round pick has played in 15 games for Cincinnati this season. The Eunice, Louisiana native has three RBI and six hits in 34 at-bats.
#19 Bobby Wahl | RHP | Oakland Athletics
Since making seven appearances for Oakland, Wahl went on the 10-day DL on May 24, and has yet to return to action.
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. In 61 games with the Flying Tigers this season, the Gainesville, Florida native is hitting .221 with eight home runs, second-best on the team. His 27 RBI are third-most on the club.
#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 Austin Bousfield | CF | San Antonio Missions (AA – San Diego Padres)
The third 2014 All-American part of the Rebels’ run to Omaha, Bousfield is in the midst of his fourth season playing professional baseball. He has played 62 games this season between the San Antonio Missions and the Lake Elsinore Storm. He’s hitting a ta .244 clip with two home runs and 18 RBI.
#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. However, his performance in Erie has been impressive, totaling a 5-2 record and 4.50 ERA in 11 starts. Combined, the southpaw is 6-4 this season with 62 strikeouts in 87.1 innings.
#23 Chris Ellis | RHP | Springfield Cardinals (AA – St. Louis Cardinals)
A former member of the Atlanta Braves organization, Ellis has split his 2017 season between Memphis (AAA) and Springield (AA). 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 one appearance with the Brewers this season. The rest of his time has come with the Sky Sox, where he has a 4.40 ERA in 31 games. The Meridian, Mississippi native has five shutouts for Colorado Springs, and has struck out 22.
#11 Henri Lartigue | C | Lakewood BlueClaws (A – Philadelphia Phillies)
Lartigue has shown improvements from his first season in professional baseball to now, totaling 33 RBI off 29 extra-base hits. His .446 slugging clip is second-best on the club, and he’s first on the BlueClaws in doubles (21). He’s been just as effective behind the plate, throwing out 11-of-19 (37 percent) baserunners.
#15 Braxton Lee | CF | Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA – Miami Marlins)
The 2014 pick to the Tampa Bay Rays, Lee was involved in a trade back on June 26 that sent he and another minor leaguer to the Miami Marlins organization in exchange for Adeiny Hechavarria. In his 67 games with the Biscuits, Lee was one of the top hitters in the league with a .321 clip. He remains in the Southern League with the Jumbo Shrimp, and has maintained that success thus far with a .366 average in Jacksonville. In just 12 games with his new team, Lee has eight RBI off three extra-base hits and nine runs scored.
#59 Mike Mayers | RHP | Memphis Redbirds (AAA – St. Louis Cardinals)
Mayers was recalled from Memphis on June 25 and made two appearances for the Cardinals, one at Arizona (June 29), and most recently against the Nationals (July 2). Since, he’s been optioned back to Memphis, where he’s 5-6 on the year with a 3.71 ERA. The 2013 third round pick was recently named the organization’s minor league pitcher of the month for June, where he went 2-1 with a 0.72 ERA in in 25 innings pitched.
#8 Errol Robinson | SS | Great Lakes Loons (A – Los Angeles Dodgers)
In just three months, the Ole Miss fan favorite has made a quick climb to the Tulsa Drillers (AA), where he’s currently hitting .270 in nine games. After starting the season in the Great Lakes (A), the 2016 sixth round pick was promoted to Rancho Cocamonga (A-Advanced) on June 9, before receiving the call-up to AA just 20 days later on June 29. Overall, Robinson is hitting .266 in 2017 with 22 RBI, 18 extra-base hits and 11 steals.
#18 Cody Satterwhite | RHP | Syracuse Chiefs (AAA – Washington Nationals)
Satterwhite has spent his 2017 season with the Chiefs in Syracuse, where he’s appeared in 15 games with a 4.18 ERA. The 2008 second round pick has struck out 27 batters in 32.1 innings, and has a 1-3 record.
#17 Wyatt Short | LHP | South Bend Cubs (A – Chicago Cubs)
The former Ole Miss closer has spent his season with South Bend (A), where he is 2-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 38 innings pitched. A 13th round selection to the Cubs last summer, Short has amassed 40 strikeouts in just 38 innings, and leads the team with eight saves.
#30 Chad Smith | RHP | Greensboro Grasshoppers (A – Miami Marlins)
In 20 games for Greensboro, Smith is 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA. The righty is 2-for-2 in save opportunites and has struck out 26 opposing batters in 27 frames, holding opponents to a .200 clip. The McCalla, Alabama native has allowed just two earned runs in his last 14 appearances, totaling 20 strikeouts in span.
#32 Matt Snyder | 1B | Trenton Thunder (AA – New York Yankees)
After being assigned to Trenton back in early May, Snyder played in three games with the Thunder before being placed on the disabled list. He has not returned to play since May 11.
#40 Matt Tracy | LHP | Chattanooga Lookouts (AA – Minnesota Twins)
A 2011 pick to the Yankees, Tracy was promoted to Rochester (AAA) on June 11, where he spent eight days. He was then promoted again on June 23 and spent another six days with the club, totaling a 2-2 record and 7.64 ERA in the two stints. He’s appeared in 13 games for Chattanooga, and has a 4.04 ERA and 3-4 record in 62.1 innings. Tracy was placed on the 7-day DL July 6.
#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 | Clearwater Threshers (A-Advanced – Philadelphia Phillies)
A free agent, Waguespack has played in 21 games for Clearwater this season. In 53.1 innings, the righty is 5-3 with a 2.53 ERA. He’s started seven games, and has one save. The Waco, Texas native has struck out 57 batters, and held opposing hitters to a .234 clip.
#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 to the Blue Jays, Woodman has played in 65 games for Lansing. He’s hitting .242 with 32 RBI and 21 extra-base hits (13 doubles, three triples, five home runs). The Orlando, Florida native has 14 multi-hit, and nine multi-RBI games in 2017.
#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 Miami Marlins claimed Yarbrough off waivers during the offseason, assigning him to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. In 75 games, the 2014 fourth round pick is hitting .239 with 27 RBI. The Allen, Texas native has 19 extra-base hits with 10 doubles, five triples and four long balls.
#25 David Parkinson | LHP | Williamsport Crosscutters (A-Short – Philadelphia Phillies)
Since being drafted by the Phillies in the 12th round of the MLB Draft back on June 14, Parkinson has appeared in one game for Williamsport. He threw one inning in that game, allowing a run off two hits with two strikeouts.
#4 Tate Blackman | 2B | Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie – Chicago White Sox)
A 13th round pick to the White Sox, Blackman has appeared in 16 games thus far, hitting .185 with three RBI. The Orlando, Florida native has drawn 10 walks and stolen one base for the Voyagers.
#48 Colby Bortles | 3B | Connecticut Tigers (A-Short – Detroit Tigers)
A 22nd round pick to the Tigers, Bortles has seen action in 10 games for Connecticut, hitting .265 thus far. The Orlando, Florida native is six RBI off nine hits, and has scored six runs for the Tigers.
#37 Kyle Watson | OF | Bristol Pirates (Rookie – Pittsburgh Pirates)
A 37th round pick to the Pirates, Watson has played in six games for Bristol with a .278 clip. The Southaven, Mississippi native has one RBI and two doubles early on in his professional career.