BLOG: It’s about that time of the year again to update the where-are-they-now Diamond Rebels blog. It’s no easy task attempting to keep up with all the Rebels that are now spread throughout the minor (and major) leagues.
The majority of the Rebels that were drafted in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player’s Draft that are going to sign have signed. Those who remain unsigned include veteran designated hitter Matt Snyder and several newcomers (Hawtin Buchanan, Senquez Golson, Josh Laxer, Dylan Chavez, Chris Ellis, Jake Overbey, Sikes Orvis, Michael Reed).
Of those who remained unsigned, Reed has said several times he wants to sign but hasn’t been offered “his number.” Buchanan, Golson, Laxer, Ellis, Orvis are all on campus already for summer school, which to me means they’re going to be Rebels unless some ridiculous offer is received by the Aug. 15 deadline.
Chavez is playing summer ball in California and has yet to receive an offer from the Twins, which, I would think bodes well for the Rebels.
Last week Snyder told me he finally began swinging for the first time after being hit in the face by an errant fastball. As such, the Nationals were planning on doing what’s called a “draft-and-follow” and an offer more than likely wouldn’t come until the end of the summer. From talking to Snyder I got the feeling he’d like to sign if the offer is fair.
Below I did my best to link all of the Rebels that are currently playing professionally (plus Oxford High’s Chad Cregar and Lafayette High’s Justin Woodall).
— — In the Big Leagues — —
OF Chris Coghlan (Florida Marlins)
RHP Lance Lynn (St. Louis Cardinals)
LHP Matt Maloney (Cincinnati Reds)
OF Alex Presley (Pittsburgh Pirates)
OF Seth Smith (Colorado Rockies)
INF Matt Tolbert (Minnesota Twins)
— — In the Minors — —
RHP Aaron Barrett (Washington Nationals)
LHP Nathan Baker (Pittsburgh Pirates)
RHP T.J. Beam (Arizona Diamondbacks)
RHP Scott Bittle (St. Louis Cardinals)
SS Zack Cozart (Cincinnati Reds)
LHP Matt Crouse (Detroit Tigers)
OF Tim Ferguson (Kansas City Royals)
RHP David Goforth (Milwaukee Brewers)
C Miles Hamblin (Houston Astros)
LHP Stephen Head (Colorado Rockies)
OF Jordan Henry (Cleveland Indians)
2B Justin Henry (Detroit Tigers)
RHP Phillip Irwin (Pittsburgh Pirates)
SS Kevin Mort (Pittsburgh Pirates)
3B Cody Overbeck (Philadelphia Phillies)
LHP Drew Pomeranz (Cleveland Indians)
RHP Cody Satterwhite (Detroit Tigers)
LHP Matt Tracy (New York Yankees)
LHP Austin Wright (Philadelphia Phillies)
— — Transfers — —
— — Signees who didn’t enroll — —
OF Ryan Bolden (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
C Ryan Hornback (Pittsburgh Pirates)
P Van Pope (Atlanta Braves)
OF Justin Reed (Cincinnati Reds)
3B David Renfroe (Boston Red Sox)
OF Les Smith (Detroit Tigers)
1B Scott Van Slyke (Los Angeles Dodgers)
— — — Area Players — —