New Player Introductions

Hello Rebel fans! We’ve lost a few more players from our opening day roster, but we’ve gotten a few more to replace them! Today we’re going to get to know Emilio Valdes and Trévon Smith!

Emilio Valdes

Emilio Valdes is a 6ft-7in, 210lb Lefty pitcher from Miami, Florida. He is a senior at ASA College where is is studying communications. You can follow Emilio on social media @EmilioV27 on Instagram and @EmilioV12345 on Twitter!

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Yankees and Marlins

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Bubblegum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Both

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Star Wars for both.

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Grape

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I have a Youtube channel MilooSportsNet

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Being really tall and basketball.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Play a pro sport/be famous.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Go to every MLB and NBA stadium.

Trévon Smith

Trevon Smith is a 6ft, 245lb Outfielder from Barboursville, VA. He is a Senior at Glenville State College where he’s majoring in Athletic Coaching and Coordinating. You can get to know Trévon even better by following him on Instagram @Smithboi24 and on Twitter @Smithboi24.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: The Nats

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Bubblegum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Talking

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Netflix

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Talladega Nights

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Grape

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I’m terrified of snakes!

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Making it to the bigs.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Skydiving!

Anna Lawrence

Player Introduction for Today

Hello Rebel Fans! We have made our way through our start-of-the-season roster and gotten to know a lot of great boys! As seasons go though, some have to go home due to injury, life circumstances or innings limits and new players come to take their place! Today we get to meet our new catcher!

Brendan Roney

Brendan Roney is a 5ft-10in, 185lb catcher from Cudjoe Key, Florida. He is a Freshman starting at Virginia Commonwealth University this year. He plans to study Communications there. You can follow Brendan on social media @BrendanRoney31 on Twitter and @Brendon_Wells7 on Instagram!

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Detroit Tigers

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: cookies

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

MORNING OR EVENING: Evening

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Creed 2/Power

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Grape

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I like to spear fish.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Pong

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Play in the MLB

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Go to every Major League stadium!

Anna Lawrence

Player Introductions of the Day

Hello Rebel fans! Hope you had a Happy 4th! We’re back today with introductions of Robert Antonetti and Jacob Starling!

Robert Antonetti

Rob Antonetti is a 5ft-10in, 190lb Catcher from Colleyville, Texas. He is a Sophomore at Texas A&M University where he’s majoring in Biomedical Science. You can follow Rob on social media @Robert.W.Antonetti on Twitter and @Robert_W_Antonetti on Instagram!

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Rangers

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: gum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: ice cream

CATS OR DOGS: dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

MORNING OR EVENING: Morning

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Blue

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Being smart.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Become a cosmetic surgeon.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Visit every MLB Stadium.

Jacob Starling

Jacob Starling is a 5ft-10in, 180lb infielder/outfielder from Orlando, Florida. He is a Sophomore at East Carolina University where he is studying Business Management. You can follow Jacob on Instagram @JacobStarling_10 and on Twitter @StarlingJacob.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Atlanta Braves

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Gum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

MORNING OR EVENING: Evening

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Superbad, The Office

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Blue

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I knocked my tooth out in the tub as a kid.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Video game skills.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Do something I enjoy for a living.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Leave the country.

Anna Lawrence

Player Introductions of the Day

Hello Rebel fans! We’re more than halfway through the season and only have a few more players left to get to know for 2021! We do expect that we may have a few roster changes and may lose and add a couple players, but for today we’re going to get more acquainted with Cameron Dean and Theo Farynick who have been here since the beginning of the season!

Cam Dean

Cam Dean is a 6ft-4in, 195lb Infielder from Myrtle Beach, SC. He is a Junior at the College of Charleston (school of former Rebel and NY Yankee Brett Gardner), where he is majoring in Economics. You can follow Cam on Instagram @Camdean8!

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: New York Mets

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Gum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Cookies

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

MORNING OR EVENING: Evening

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: How I Met Your Mother

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Blue

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Being healthy.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: A healthy family.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Go to Hawaii.

Theo Farynick

Theo Farynick is a 5ft-9in, 180lb Right-handed pitcher from Lloyd Harbor, New York. He is a sophomore at Bucknell University where he is studying Finance. You can follow Theo on Instagram @Theo_Farynick!

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: The Yankees

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: ice cream

CATS OR DOGS: dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Talking

MORNING OR EVENING: Evening

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: South Park

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Blue

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I only have 8 1/2 toes.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Being short.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Become a billionaire.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Go to the Eiffel Tower.

Anna Lawrence

Checking in on Rebel Minor Leaguers

It’s been a busy summer so far and I’ve not had a lot of time to check in our Rebel alumni who are playing pro ball! I had an extra hour or two this afternoon, so I did just that! I will try and find more time in the next few weeks to do an update on Independent League players also!

We currently have 9 players active in the MLB farm system. We started the season with 10, so we’ve got both good and bad reports to relay! Let’s go!

Jimmy Kerrigan

Jimmy Kerrigan played for the Rebels back in 2014, coming to us from Temple University and later playing for Virginia Commonwealth. He spent some time in the Independant Leagues and later signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Twins in 2017. He started out the 2021 season with the Double-A Witchita Wind Surge, and is currently playing for the AAA St. Paul Saints. He is batting .205 for the Saints and has 9 extra base hits including 5 home runs!

Jacob Rhinesmith

Jacob Rhinesmith was a member of the 2017 Rebel squad, joining us from Western Kentucky. He was drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2018. He is currently playing for the High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks where he is batting .240 with 4 home runs!

Brendan Donovan

Brendan Donovan was with the Rebels for the 2016 season, coming from South Alabama. He was chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2018 draft, and started the 2021 season with High-A Peoria. He moved up to Double-AA Springfield on June 8th and is currently batting .303!

Garrett Kelly

Garrett Kelly pitched for the 2014 Rebel team where he joined us from from Wake Forest. He signed with the Twins back in 2016, was released and then signed with the Chicago Cubs in 2018. He is still in the Cubs farm system, starting this season with High-A South Bend, and moving the Double-A Tennessee at the end of May. He is currently pitching in relief for the Smokies and holds an 8.10 ERA over 10 innings pitched.

Chandler Raiden

Chandler Raiden played for the 2017 Rebels, traveling to New Market from Florida International University. Chandler was signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay in 2018, and was scheduled to start the cancelled 2020 season with the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits. Unfortunately the Rays organization has since released him. If our baseball radar sees him pop up anywhere else, we’ll keep you posted!

Justin Crump

Justin Crump was a part of the 2016 Rebel team, coming to us from UNC Wilmington. He was drafted in 2019 by the San Francisco Giants. He is starting off the 2021 season with the San Jose Giants, which is their Low-A affiliate. Justin has appeared in relief in 13 games so far this season and holds a 4.82 ERA with 3 holds, 1 save and 27 strikeouts!

Reeves Martin

Reeves Martin was a member of the 2018 Championship Rebel team, joining us from New Orleans University. Reeves was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2019 and began his 2021 season with AAA-Tacoma. He appeared in 5 games, but retired at the end of May. Wishing him the best of luck!

Jake Washer

Jake Washer was part of the Rebel Organization for the 2017 season, joining us from Eastern Carolina. He was drafted by the Cubs in 2019 and is currently with their High-A affiliate in South Bend, IN. He has appeared in 23 games this season and is currently batting .190.

Brandon Parker

Brandon Parker was with the New Market Rebels for part of our 2018 season, coming to us from Mississippi Gulf Coast JC. Brandon was drafted in 2019 by the Atlanta Braves and so far has spent his 2021 season with Low-A Augusta. He is batting .171, and so far has hit 5 home runs. Unfortunately he was added to the 7-day Disabled list on June 26th, so hopefully he makes his way back soon!

Jacinto Arredondo

Jacinto Arredondo was a unique and memorable pitcher on our 2018 Championship team, coming to us from Tampa. He signed with the Red Sox for the cancelled 2020 season, and is just now beginning his pro career with the Low-A Salem Red Sox here in Virginia. So far Cinto has thrown 19.1 innings over 12 games and is holding a 3.86 ERA with 18 strikeouts. He’s currently the alum playing closest to New Market, so it’d be a fun, quick trip to go see him play!

Cotton Dickson in 2007 playing for the Quad City River Bandits

Brandon “Cotton” Dickson is both our oldest and most recent signee to a minor league contract. Cotton was part of the memorable 2006 Rebels, joining us from Tusculum College. Cotton signed with the St. Louis Cardinals all the way back in 2010 and worked his way through their minor league system until he ultimately joined the Big League squad for several games in 2011. He was released in 2012, but went on to play successfully for almost a decade in Japan. He was invited to join the Olympic Team USA in May and then signed once again with the St. Louis Cardinals on June 14th! From what I understand, if he does not join the 40-Man Cardinals roster, he will remain on the Team USA roster. So far he has pitched 3.2 innings in 4 games with the AAA-Redbirds and holds a 7.36 ERA. Wishing Cotton the very best in his continued career!

Anna Lawrence

Player Intros of the Day

Today we meet Marcelo Saldana and JC Navarro!

JC Navarro

JC Navarro is a 6ft-2in, 215lb infielder/righty pitcher from Sahuaria, Arizona. He is a sophomore at Arizona Western College where he is majoring in General Studies. You can follow JC on Twitter @ItsJC_Navarro and on Instagram @el_JC_Navarro.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: LA Dodgers

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Bubblegum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Both

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

MORNING OR EVENING: Both

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Both

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Lone Survivor, The Office

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Cucumber lime

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Owning 2 ranches in Mexico.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Be successful.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Travel to Spain.

Marcelo Saldana

Marcelo Saldana is a 6ft, 180lb Left-handed pitcher from Clovis, California. He ha studying Kinesiology at Fresno City Community College. You can follow Marcelo on Twitter @MarceloSaldana1 and on Instagram @M.S10.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Giants

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Gum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Talking

MORNING OR EVENING: Evening

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Netflix

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: The Sandlot, Criminal Minds

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Yellow

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I am from California

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Retire my parents.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Travel all over the world.

Anna Lawrence

Player Introductions of the Day

Hello Rebel Fans, Today we’re going to learn more about a pitcher, and today’s All Things Valley League Hitter of the Day!

Seth Keener

Seth Keener is a 6ft-2in 198lb right-handed pitcher from Pilot Mountain, NC. He is a Sophomore at Wake Forest University where he’s currently undecided on major. You can follow Seth on Instagram @Seth_Keener and on Twitter @SethKeener3.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Phillies

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Gum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: cookies

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Talking

MORNING or EVENING: Morning

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Netflix

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: The Office

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): White

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I have 7 siblings!

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): I can windmill.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Make it to the MLB

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Skydive.

Tyler Robertson

Tyler Robertson is a 6ft-4in 200lb infielder/outfielder from Deatsville, Alabama. He is a Senior majoring in General Studies at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. You can follow TR on Instagram @TCRobertson_32 and on Twitter @TCRobertson32.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Padres

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Gum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Cookies

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

MORNING OR EVENING: Evening

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Netflix

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Stranger Things

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Blue

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I have fake two front teeth.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Football

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Be respected.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Skydiving.

Anna Lawrence

Player Introductions of the Day

Hello Rebel Fans.. today I thought we’d get to know a pitcher who performed very admirably last night, and a hitter who’s been dancing around a .500 average so far this season!

Gregory Martinez

Gregory Martinez is a 6ft-3in 205lb Right-handed pitcher from Southwest Ranches, FL. He is a Sophomore at Louisiana Tech University where he’s majoring in Business and Finance. You can follow Greg on Instagram @Greg.ethan_.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Pirates

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Bubblegum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: cookies

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Netflix

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Inglorious B*stards and Daredevil

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Purple

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I’m Hispanic

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Swimming

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Make it to the League

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Travel to Japan.

James Bell

James Bell is a 6ft-1in 205lb Catcher (DH for us this season) from Fresno, California. He has been studying Kinesiology at Fresno Community College. You can follow James on Twitter @JamesBell__ and on Instagram @JamesBell_.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Dodgers

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Cookies

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Talking

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Mirable, Ozark

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Lemon Lime

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I love long walks on the beach.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Looking somewhat like actor Neal McDonough during his 90s Angels in the Outfield era.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Drafted by an MLB team.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Visit all 50 states.

Anna Lawrence

Player Introductions of the Day

Today we get to know a pitcher, and a catcher! A brief shoutout to Alex Nicolosi for helping Reed Mascolo get this bio completed!

Reed Mascolo

Reed Mascolo is a 6ft-1in, 212lb Right-handed pitcher from Fairfield, Connecticut. He is an Economics major at Wake Forest University!

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Yankees

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Gum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Evening

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: The Godfarther II

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Orange

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: Avid (Reed)er

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Master riddle solver ( best on the team!)

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Pro baseball

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Surfing

James Valdivia

James Valdivia is a 6ft-2in, 225lb Catcher from Elkhorn, Nebraska. He is a sophomore at Southeast CC Nebraska where he’s studying Business. You can follow James on Twitter and Instagram @JamesValdivia_.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Philadelphia Phillies.

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: ice cream

CATS OR DOGS: dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: evening

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: The Office

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Blue

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I finished the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Hot Challenge

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): My cooking

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Open a food truck.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Visit the Eiffel tower!

Anna Lawrence

Player Introductions of the Day

Hello Rebel Fans! Today we get to know another pitcher, and another infielder!

Let me first apologize for yesterday’s post because I mistakenly put up the headshot for Seth Keener instead of Triston Todorowski. It has since been corrected, but if you caught it early, you may have gotten the wrong face to go with the name and information!

Bryson Bales

Bryson Bales is a 6ft-2in 190lb Left-handed pitcher from Round Rock, TX. He is a Junior at Louisiana Tech University where he is studying Management! You can follow Bryson on social media this summer @BrysonBales on Twitter and @Bryson.Bales on Instagram.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Rangers

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Cookies

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

MORNING OR EVENING: Evening

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Red

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I’m broke.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Darts

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Get drafted.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Go skydiving.

Jordan Crawford

Jordan Crawford is a 6ft-2in, 228lb First Baseman from Las Vegas, Nevada. He has been attending SW Oregon Community College where he’s majored in Business. You can follow Jordan on Twitter and Instagram @JordanCrawff.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Dodgers

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Bubblegum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

MORNING or EVENING: Morning

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Netflix

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Training Day and The Blacklist

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Blue

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I have a size 15 foot.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): My kindness.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Own my own manual labor business.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Visit every state!

Anna Lawrence