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Rebels in the pros: Major Leagues

As the Major League Baseball season comes to an end, there are five former Ole Miss Rebels making their mark in the big leagues. The Daily Mississippian’s Tyler Bischoff gives an update on how each of the five guys have done this year.
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Zack Cozart – Cincinnati Reds – Shortstop
In his first full season in the majors, Cozart has started 121 games for Cincinnati. He is one of just three Reds to play in over 85 percent of their games this season. Cozart has hit .243 on the year with 15 home runs and 32 RBI. Cozart leads all the rookies with 523 at-bats and ranks fourth with 127 hits. The Reds have an 11-game lead in the National League Central Division and are in a fight with the Washington Nationals for the best record in the National League. 
Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – Pitcher
Lynn has pitched in 32 games for the Cardinals this year, including 26 starts. Lynn started the season strong and was named to the National League roster for the All-Star Game. He was 13-4 through July with a 3.40 ERA. Since Aug. 2, Lynn is only 2-3 and was moved to the bullpen. He was given a spot start on Sept. 13 and allowed one run over six innings. His strong start earned him another start on Wednesday against the Houston Astros. Lynn is 15-7 with a 3.95 ERA with 157 strikeouts in 157.1 innings for the year. The Cardinals are currently one game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second wild-card spot.
Drew Pomeranz – Colorado Rockies – Pitcher
Pomeranz has made 19 starts for the Rockies this season, but he has posted a 1-9 record and only three quality starts. Since July 27, Pomeranz has only pitched five innings or more once. He has a 5.07 ERA for one of the worst teams in baseball. Pomeranz has averaged 7.42 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. 
Alex Presley – Pittsburgh Pirates – Left Fielder
Presley has appeared in 90 games for the Pirates, while making 69 starts. He has a career-high 302 at-bats and has a .238 average with nine home runs and 20 RBI. Presley leads Pittsburgh with six triples. He has made three errors on 139 total chances for a .978 fielding percentage. Presley helped turn Pittsburgh into a playoff contender. With a 73-71 record, the Pirates sit just three games out of the second wild-card spot. If the Pirates make the playoffs, it will be the first time since 1992.
Seth Smith – Oakland Athletics – Left Fielder
Smith has played in 110 games for Oakland this season. He posted a .246 batting average with 13 home runs and 46 RBI. He is fifth on the A’s with 84 hits. He has just one error on the season for a .991 fielding percentage. He has drawn 48 walks – the third-highest total for Oakland. The A’s have the second-best record in the American League, three games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West, and they are currently the first wild-card team.
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