Getting to know the Rebels

Today we’ll learn a little bit about Erik Johnson and Dom Popa!

Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson is a 6ft-6in, 200lb Left-handed pitcher from West Henrietta, NY. He will be a Senior at Mount Olive College where he is majoring in Physical Education. You can follow Erik on Twitter @ErikJohnson2626 and on Instagram @erikjohnson2600.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Washington Nationals

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE: Shooter

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Yellow Lemon Lime

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS TRUE FACT ABOUT YOU: I’m 6’6

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

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: Get drafted.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Play in the MLB.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Travel internationally.

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: I love it!

Dom Popa

Dom Popa is a 5ft-11in 180lb Outfielder from Pittsburgh, PA. He is a Junior at the University of Pittsburgh where he is studying Finance. You can follow Dom on social media on both Twitter and Instagram @dompopa3

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: The Pirates

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: ice cream

CATS OR DOGS: dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: listening

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: Tiktok

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Entourage

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): blue

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS TRUE FACT ABOUT YOU: I’m from Pittsburgh.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL: My full name is spelled Domenic.

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: Pro ball.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Make money.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Travel the world.

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: Good.

Anna K Lawrence

Rebels in the Minors

Hi Rebel fans! I’m a little bit slow with checking in on Rebel alumni in Pro baseball this year, but better late than never!

Unfortunately, the list of players in the minors has decreased this year. We’ve had some players get promoted (Brendan Donovan), get released (Garrett Kelly, Chandler Raiden), move to the independent leagues (Jimmy Kerrigan), or retire (Reeves Martin). Hopefully we’ll be able to add a couple of names after the upcoming July draft, but for now we currently have 5 former Rebels currently playing in the minors. I should also add it is possible that a former Rebel may have signed as a free agent and I not received the news, so if you know of anyone, or if I hear of anyone, I’ll update our lists!

Jacob Rhinesmith was a member of the 2017 Rebel squad and has been playing in the Washington Nationals farm system since he was drafted in 2018. Rhinesmith is currently assigned to Double-A Harrisburg where he has appeared in 25 games and holds a .172 AVG, but he is currently listed on the 7-day Disabled List. We hope he bounces back soon so he can continue to climb the minor league ladder!

Jonathan Bowlan pitched for the 2016 Rebels. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2018 MLB draft by the KC Royals and he is currently playing in their organization for the Rookie ACL Royals on a rehab assignment after starting the season on the disabled list. We hope Jonathan too is able to recover fully and quickly and continue to dominate on the mound for the Royals!

Jake Washer, like Jacob Rhinesmith was a member of the 2017 Rebels. He was drafted in 2019 by the Chicago Cubs. He has been playing the 2022 season so far with the High-A South Bend Cubs in Indiana. He has appeared in 32 games so far and currently holds a .280 batting average with 8 home runs!

Jacinto Arredondo is a very memorable pitcher from our Championship 2018 team. He signed as a free agent with the Red Sox in 2020 and is currently playing for the High-A affiliate the Greenville Drive in South Carolina. He has appeared in 16 games, all in relief and holds a 6.00 ERA with one save and 24 strikeouts.

Our final minor leaguer is Brandon Parker from the 2018 Rebels. He was drafted in 2019 in the 10th round by the Atlanta Braves. He is currently plaing for the single-A affiliate Augusta Green Jackets in South Carolina. He has appeared in 137 games and currently holds a .263 AVG with 15 extra base hits!

Anna K Lawrence

Getting to know the Rebels

Today let’s get to know a pitcher and an infielder; Ethan Walker and Zach Shertzer!

Ethan Walker

Ethan Walker is a 6ft-3in, 190lb Left-handed pitcher from Salem, VA. He will be a Freshman this fall at Longwood University where he plans to study Kinesiology. If you’d like to, you can follow Ethan on Instagram @ethan.walker_

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Boston Red Sox

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Talking

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: Tiktok

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Friends

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Grape

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS TRUE FACT ABOUT YOU: I took Chinese in high school.

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

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: Starting games in college.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Go pro.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Go to Greece.

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: New Market is a nice small town and a great atmosphere.

Zach Shertzer

Zach Shertzer is a 6ft tall, 197lb infielder from Lititz, PA. He is a Junior at Mansfield University where he is majoring in Business Management and Environmental Science. You can find Zach on Instagram and Twitter @ZShertzer12.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: The Cubs

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Bubble gum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE: Wolf of Wall Street.

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Blue

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS TRUE FACT ABOUT YOU: I wish I could grow a mustache.

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

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: multiple-year 1st team all conference (PSAC).

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Own my own farm.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Heli-skiing

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: Awesome small town atmosphere!

Anna K Lawrence

Getting to know the Rebels

For today’s edition of Getting to know the Rebels, we will get to know Maddox McDonald and Brian Valigosky!

Brian Valigosky

Brian Valigosky is a 6ft-1in, 202lb Lefty pitcher from New Orleans, LA. He is a Sophomore at Tulane University where he is majoring in Finance. If you’d like to learn more about Brian, you can follow him on Twitter @Bvaligosky7 and on Instagram @brian.valigosky.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Houston Astros

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: cookies

CATS OR DOGS: dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Cars and Peaky Blinders

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Yellow

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS TRUE FACT ABOUT YOU: I broke both of my thumbs

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

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: Go to the College World Series

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Work in an MLB Front Office

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Go to Europe

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: Good.

Maddox McDonald

Maddox McDonald is a 6ft-1in, 188lb Outfielder from San Antonio, TX. He is a Sophomore at the Univeristy of Louisiana Lafayette where he is also studying Finance. You can learn more by following Maddox on Twitter @AutoMaddox25 and on Instagram @maddoxmcd02.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Cubs

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Gum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE: Star Wars

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Yellow

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS TRUE FACT ABOUT YOU: I’m really good at wii sports golf.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): I was good at track.

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: Make it to the MLB

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Make Money

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: See every ball park.

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: It has been fun!

Anna K Lawrence

Getting to know the Rebels

Let’s get to know Seth Beckstead!

Seth Beckstead

Seth Beckstead is a 6ft, 200lb Catcher from Queen Creek, AZ. He is a Senior at Tulane University where is is studying Economics! You can get to know Seth a little more by following him on Instagram and Twitter @_Sethbeckstead

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: The Yankees

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Cookies

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Talking

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Game of Thrones and The Revenge of the Sith

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Yellow

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS TRUE FACT ABOUT YOU: I disocated my thumb.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): I’m gross at Call of Duty.

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: Go to Omaha.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Get rich enough to move to the Bahamas.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Skydiving

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: LOVE IT!!

Anna K Lawrence

Getting to know the Rebels

For today’s meet the Rebels installment, we will get to know Trey Cruz and Blayne Deaton!

Trey Cruz

Roberto “Trey” Cruz is a 6ft-3in, 200lb Infielder from Pearl River, NY. He is a Freshman at Harford Community College in Maryland where he is currently majoring in General Studies. You can follow Trey on social media @Treyyyyaaaa on Twitter and @Treyyyaaa on Instagram!

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: The Yanks

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Talking

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE: A Bronx Tale

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Red

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS TRUE FACT ABOUT YOU: I’m 6’3″ and I do a mean freestyle.

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

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: To play this game until I can’t move.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Own a bitcoin

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Do a backflip

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: One word: Awesome!

Blayne Deaton

Blayne Deaton is a 6ft-6in, 205lb Righty Pitcher from Lexington, KY. He is a Senior at Indiana Univeristy where he is studying Sports Marketing and Management. You can get to know Blayne a little more by following him on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter @Blayne31.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Red Sox

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Talking

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: TikTok

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Ozark

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Orange

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

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: Play professionally.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Have my own real estate company.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Skydive

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: Good teammates, fun time!

Anna K Lawrence

Getting to know the Rebels

Today we get to learn about pitcher Cristian Sanchez and Catcher Luke Lambert!

Cristian Sanchez

Cristian Sanchez is a 6ft-3in, 200lb Right-handed pitcher from not-too-far up the road in Centreville, VA. He is a Senior at Tulane University where he is majoring in Communications. You can learn a little more about Cristian by following him on Twitter @Cristiansan010 and on Instagram @Csan18.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Washington Nationals

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Both!

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: The Dark Knight, Peaky Blinders

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Yellow

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS TRUE FACT ABOUT YOU: My favorite food is oysters.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): I’m a wonderful cook!

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: Win a championship!

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Win an Oscar.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Sky diving.

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: I love the fanbase and how passionate people are about Rebel baseball!

Luke Lambert

Luke Lambert is a 5ft-8in, 195lb Catcher from McDonald, PA. He is a Sophomore at the University of Pittsburg where he is also studying Communications. You can follow Luke on Twitter @Luke.Lambert24 and on Instagram @Luke_Lambert_

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Pittsburgh Pirates

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice cream

CATS OR DOGS: Cats

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: none

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Ozark

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Lime

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

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: Play professionally

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Play professionally.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Sky diving

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: It has been a great time! Excited for the rest of the year!

Anna K Lawrence

Getting to know the Rebels

Sorry for a couple days delay in introducing our next set of players, but today let’s get to know Eli Burwash and Jett Jackson!

Eli Burwash

Eli Burwash is a 5ft-11in 185lb Outfielder from Bowling Green, KY. He is a Sophomore at Frontier Community College and is majoring in Sports Management. You can get to know Eli a little more by following him on Twitter @EliBurwash2 and on Instagram @Eli_Burwash2.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: New York Yankees

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Gum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Cookies

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: TikTok

FAVORITE MOVIE: Moneyball

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Cool Blue

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS TRUE FACT ABOUT YOU: I’m quiet.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Not hitting Home Runs.

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: Go D1

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Hit a home run in New Market

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Jump out of a plane

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: This place is a movie.

Jett Jackson

Jett Jackson is a 6ft-4in, 190lb Left-handed pitcher from Burns, TN. He is a Senior at Purdue University studying Organizational Leadership and Services. You can follow along with Jett on Twitter @jackson_jett3, and on Instagram @jett_jackson10.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: New York Yankees

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Bubblegum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Talking

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: TikTok

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: The Avengers

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Lemon Lime

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS TRUE FACT ABOUT YOU: I got big ears.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): I like the beach.

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: Play in the big leagues.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Play in the big leagues.

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

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: Small town, good teammates!

Anna K Lawrence

Getting to Know the Rebels

In today’s installment of getting to know your 2022 Rebels, we’ll learn a little bit about Outfielder Garett Wallace and pitcher T.R. Williams!

Garett Wallace

Garett Wallace is a 6ft-1in 205lb Outfielder from Sanford, Florida. He is a sophomore at East Tennessee State University where he is majoring in Kinesiology. If you’d like to follow Garett on social media, you can find him on Instagram @garett_wallace and on Twitter @WallaceGarett.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Atlanta Braves

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: neither

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: cookies

CATS OR DOGS: dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: listening

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE: Wedding Crashers

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): mystery

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: play pro baseball

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: make money

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: It’s great!

TR Williams

T.R. Williams is a 6ft-2in, 200lb Left-handed pitcher from the nearby town of Shenandoah, VA. He will be playing at James Madison University this year where he plans to study communications! You can follow T.R. on social media @TRWilli09 on Instagram and @TRWilliams9 on Twitter and @TRWilliams on TikTok!

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Washington Nationals

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Talking

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: TikTok

FAVORITE MOVIE: Happy Gilmore

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Orange

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS TRUE FACT ABOUT YOU: I have a diesel truck.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): my truck.

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: Go pro!

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Have lots of money.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Build a new truck!

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: Excited!

Anna K Lawrence

Getting to know the Rebels

Hello Rebel fans! For today’s installment of our Rebel introductions, we will learn a little bit about pitcher Evan Byers, and outfielder Khi Holiday!

Evan Byers

Evan Byers is a 5ft 10in 180lb left-handed pitcher from Nicholasville, KY. He is a junior studying Animal Science at the University of Kentucky! You can follow Evan on Instagram and Twitter @evan_byers21.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Cincinatti Reds

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Talking

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: TikTok

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Yellowstone

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Red

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS TRUE FACT ABOUT YOU: This is the first summer I haven’t lived in Kentucky.

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

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Become an equine veterinarian.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Go out west and work on a cattle farm on horseback.

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: It’s a lot of fun and a great community.

Khi Holiday

Khi Holiday is a 5ft-9in 155lb outfielder from Belden, MS. He is a Sophomore at Northeast Mississippi where he is studying sports management. You can become one of Khi’s many social media fans by following him on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @KhiHoliday!

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: None!

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

TALKING OR LISTENING: Both

TIKTOK OR YOUTUBE: TikTok

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Ozark

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Blue

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS TRUE FACT ABOUT YOU: I run fast!

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Being a good friend.

TELL US ABOUT A BASEBALL GOAL: MLB!!!

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: MLB!!!

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Get to MLB!!!

TELL US HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NEW MARKET AND THE REBELS SO FAR: GREAT!!!

Anna K Lawrence