Lance Lynn, World Champion of the World
Over the past year, we have seen quite a few of our former Rebels make the jump to the Majors. Lance Lynn landed in a great position as the Cardinals won the World Series, and he was a key member of the bullpen down the stretch. We've had some updates on the Major Leaguers so I'll just start with the latest info I found on our alumni toiling in the Minors.
Nathan Baker is in double A Altoona (Eastern League) for the Pirates organization this year after spending the last year in high A ball. In 2011, he was 10 - 8 with a 3.34 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP.
Aaron Barrett is in A ball for Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League (SALL) for the parent club Washington Nationals. Last year he was 1-2 with a 4.05 ERA in low A ball with 9 saves and a 1.35 WHIP striking out 32 but walking 20 in 26 2/3 IP.
Scott Bittle has left baseball and is pursuing advanced education according to a comment in the previous MLB thread. I knew he had been released by the Cardinals last year - article.
Chris Corrigan of the St. Louis Cardinals organization is back at Palm Beach (Florida State League [FLOR]) in high A ball after splitting 2011 with Quad Cities (A) and Palm Beach (A+). He was a combined 1-1 with 2 saves, a 3.44 ERA, and a 1.53 WHIP.
Matt Crouse was drafted by the Tigers in the 24th round last year. He was designated to Connecticut of the New York - Pennsylvania [NYPL (low A)] league where he went 5-1 with a 3.22 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. For 2012, he will be with Lakeland of the FLOR (high A).
Tim Ferguson has moved back to A ball this spring for the Royals and is with Kane County of the Midwest League. He struggled for Wilmington (high A) of the Carolina League in 2011: .222/.291/.306.
David GoForth was the first player selected from Ole Miss in the 2011 MLB Draft (Cleveland, 7th round). He spent last year in Rookie ball going 0-4 with 2 saves, a 4.43 ERA, and a 1.33 WHIP. He is starting 2012 with Wisconsin of the Midwest League (A).
Stephen Head is now with the Ole Miss coaching staff. I couldn't find him listed on the olemisssports.com website, but he is listed in the media guide:
Stephen Head joins the Rebel coaching staff for his first season as a student assistant coach after spending the previous six seasons playing professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians organization and the Colorado Rockies organization.
Miles Hamlin is with the Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League after being drafted in the 12th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros. He spent 2011 with Tri-City of the NYPL hitting .264/.364/.398.
Jordan Henry spent the last two years with Akron (AA) of the Indians organization. In 2011, he hit .256/.354/.280, but is not listed for 2012 so maybe out of baseball?
Justin Henry split 2011 between Erie (AA) and Toledo (AAA) of the Tigers organization hitting a combined .314/.414/.410. He has started 2012 with Toledo once again.
Phillip Irwin split 2011 with Bradenton (high A) and Altoona (AA) for the Pirates. He was a combined 13-4 with a 3.14 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. I do not see anything yet for him in 2012 - looks as if he is on the DL and may be at extended spring training.
Cody Overbeck split 2011 with Reading, Eastern League (AA) and Lehigh Valley, International League (AAA). He hit a combined .277/.331/.475 with 24 home runs for the Phillies organization. He is back with the triple A Lehigh Valley club for 2012.
Matt Tolbert is with the AAA Cubs affiliate in Iowa of the Pacific Coast League having spent the last few years with the Twins and in their farm system. He hit .198/.252/.266 for the Twins last year spending time at 2B/SS/3B.
Matt Tracy was drafted by the now Miami Marlins in the 43rd round last year. He spent 2011 with Staten Island of the NYPL (low A) going 1-2 with a 3.04 ERA. No news yet for 2012. Extended spring training news is hard to come by apparently...
Austin Wright split 2011 with Williamsport (NYPL - low A) and Lakewood (SALL - A) after being drafted by the Phillies in the 8th round. He begins 2012 with Clearwater of the Florida State League (high A).
Please let me know if I missed anything or if you have any additional information on any of these former Rebels.