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Rebels in the Pros: Season-ending update

Left: Alex Presley, Center: Drew Pomeranz, Right: Seth Smith

Chris Coghlan – Outfielder – Florida Marlins

Coghlan missed the entire second half of the season with a torn meniscus in his left knee. The knee gave him trouble all season as he only hit .230 with five home runs and 22 RBI in 65 games this season. When healthy, he was a regular contributor to Baseball Tonight’s “Web Gems” and Sportscenter’s Top 10 plays.

Zack Cozart – Shortstop – Cincinnati Reds

Cozart was called up to the Reds and made his major league debut on July 7. He appeared in 11 games before an injury ended his season as well. During his limited play, the shortstop hit .324 with two home runs and three RBI. The Reds have indicated that for next year the shortstop position is Cozart’s to lose.

Lance Lynn – Pitcher – St. Louis Cardinals

Lynn was yet another former Rebel plagued with injury. The big power pitcher made his debut with the Cardinals on June 2. Before his season came to an end with a strained oblique, he went 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.

Matt Maloney – Pitcher – Cincinnati Reds

Maloney nursed injuries, including a 60-day stint on the disabled list with a strained oblique. He returned to action in September, but it was apparent that Maloney wasn’t in the groove of pitching. In just 18.2 innings this season, the lefty had an ERA of 9.16 with 13 strikeouts.

Drew Pomeranz – Pitcher – Colorado Rockies

Pomeranz, who made his major league debut earlier this month, got four starts in September. While the first two went according to plan, his third start saw him get roughed up a little bit. His fourth start, which came on the last day of the season, saw him finish the season strongly. He finished the season 2-1 with an ERA of 5.40 on 18.1 innings pitched and 13 strikeouts. It is apparent the young, big left-hander has a bright future with the Rockies.

Alex Presley – Outfielder – Pittsburgh Pirates

Presley was called up back to the Pirates late in the summer, and since then, he has been a vital player for his team. In 52 games played this year, Presley hit .298 with four home runs and 20 RBI. His play this year appears to have him in a good position to play all next year with the major league club.

Seth Smith – Outfielder – Colorado Rockies

Smith, who has had the most consistent career thus far of all the former Ole Miss baseball players, had yet another good 2011 campaign. The right fielder finished the season with a .284 batting average, 15 home runs and 59 RBI as he solidified his role with the Rockies.

Matt Tolbert – Shortstop – Minnesota Twins

Tolbert continued in his role as a utility player for the Twins in 2011. Over the course of the season, he played several different positions and in different situations. Tolbert finished the season with a .198 batting average and 11 RBI. He was also a big part of history when he recorded all three outs in the ninth inning of Francisco Liriano’s no hitter on June 3 against the Chicago White Sox.