Ole Miss Rebel Baseball Alumni in the Bigs: Spring Training Edition

Justin K. Aller

With pitchers and catchers reporting, I thought I would check in on how our beloved former Rebels did in the Majors (and minor) Leagues last year. Let me know in the comments if you see anyone (or don't see rather) that I missed or got wrong... I included average - on base percentage - slugging slash lines for the most part for batters and kept it simple with wins, losses, ERA and saves if applicable for the hurlers.. We have a lot of players out there, but only a couple full time Major Leaguers. I'll starting with those:

Former NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan signed with the Cubs this year. Coghlan has never put together another season like his Rookie year and he ended up hitting .256/.318/.354 as a part timer with the Marlins.

Zack Cozart spent the 2013 season as the Reds everyday shortstop. He looks to continue that roll in 2014. He played excellent defense but only managed .254/.284/.381 with an 81 OPS+. He proved 1.6 WAR and should be used in the bottom of the Reds lineup.

Phil Irwin had his major league debut for Pittsburgh in 2013, but could not catch a break as he injured his pitching elbow. Thus, he only pitched for 4 2/3 IP on the year. That required "half" of a Tommy John surgery to replace the ulnar nerve. He pitched for the Bucs in the Arizona Fall League and is presumably back on track to break camp in the majors.

Lance Lynn started 33 games for the World Series runner up St. Louis Cardinals. He finished 15-10, with a 3.97 ERA (91 ERA +). He did provide 1.8 WAR and 198 K's.

Alex Presley was traded in 2013 from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Minnestoa Twins as part of the Pirates acquisition of former MVP Justin Morneau. Presley finished for both with slash lines of .276/.313/.373 (92 OPS+). He spent about half the season in the majors and half at AAA.

Drew Pomeranz enters 2014 with his 3rd organization and yet to live up to being drafted as the 5th overall pick of the 2010 MLB draft. He was traded in the offseason to Oakland and looks to rebound from 2013 where he split time with the Rockies and at AAA. I'd like to think that the move to Oakland can help him get back on track.

Seth Smith was traded from Oakland to San Diego in the offseason (Which seems like a very strange move considering Smith has primarily been a DH for the past two years). In 2013, he managed .253/.329/.391 for a 103 OPS+.

For the minor leaguers, they will, for the most part, not be included in the major league camps, so I will update with further information when the minor league camps or teams begin play. On to the minor leaguers:

Tanner Bailey was drafted by the Tigers and pitched some in low A ball in 2013, 1-4, 3.26 ERA.

Nathan Baker spent his second year at AA Altoona for the Pirates organization. He went 4-4 with a 6.05 ERA.

Aaron Barrett spent his first year at AA with Harrisburg of the Nationals farm system. He went 1-1 with 26 saves, a 2.15 ERA and 69 K in 50.1 IP.

Dylan Chavez did not play much in low A ball, Lowell of the NYPL, going 2-0 with a 5.56 ERA.

Chris Corrigan only managed to appear in 4 games for the Cardinals organization in the low minors.

Matt Crouse went 9-10 with a 4.47 ERA and 1 save for Erie as a AA farmhand for the Tigers.

Tim Ferguson is still around with the Royals organization where he was .264/.335/.345 in the low minors.

David GoForth split the year between A+ and AA where he combined for 11-8 with a 3.17 ERA and 5 saves as a reliever in AA. He is with the Brewers organization.

Justin Henry was back at AAA, this time with the Red Sox. He went .210/.294/.286 and is back for 2014 as well. Jordan was out of baseball last year. I had thought Justin was too, as he was doing some hitting instruction back home in Vicksburg.

RJ Hively split time in the low minors for the D-Backs. He went 4-0 with a 1.81 ERA and 33 saves.

Brett Huber was drafted by the Tigers and spent time in the low minors going 2-5 with a 4.23 ERA.

Zach Kirksey was in the low minors as well, for the Tigers. He went .190/.269/334, mostly in A ball.

Matt Maloney is still hanging around the minor leagues, at least in part; he went 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA and 2 saves in 20.1 IP for the Red Sox farm teams at low A and AA. Last pitched in the majors in 2012.

Tanner Mathis was picked up by the Astros in the draft and managed .277/.425/.309 with 7 steals in Rookie ball.

Mike Mayers was picked up by the Cardinals and went 1-3 with a 2.97 ERA in the low minors.

Cody Overbeck was back at AAA for the Phillies at Lehigh Valley for the 3rd year. He managed .255/.307/.450 with 19 HR.

Matt Smith only appeared in 14 games at high A ball for the Marlins affiliate (.216/.245/.235).

Matt Snyder appeared in 27 games for the Yankees in the low minors going .183/.303/.312.

Matt Tolbert last appeared in the bigs in 2011. He is still toiling away in the minors (Might be on a coaching or manager path?) through 4 levels of the Phillies organization in 2013.

Stuart Turner was picked up by the Twins through the draft. He went for .272/.345/.384 in low minor action.

Bobby Wahl pitched some in the low minors after being drafted by the Oakland A's, no record but 2 saves and a 4.15 ERA.

Austin Wright went 6-5 with a 5.92 ERA for the AA Reading club of the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

Alex Yarbrough went for .313/.341/.459 at high A ball for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (California).

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