Player Intro of the Day

Today we’ll learn about Keiji Parkhurst!

Keiji Parkhurst

Keiji Parkhurst is a 6-foot-2-inch, 210-lb Catcher from Gardner Webb University and Granger, IN. He is a Business Administration Major going into his Junior year.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Chicago Cubs

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER: Kyle Cunningham

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Bubblegum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Both

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

MORNING OR EVENING: Morning

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: The Rookie, Friends

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Rain

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I’m Japanese

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Semi-pro Football player

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Graduate from Law School

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Catch a shark deep sea fishing.

You can follow Keiji on Twitter @KeijiParkhurst to learn more!

More Player Intros!

As the season has progressed, our roster has lost a few names and added a few new ones! Today we’ll get to know Nic Nolan and Kelyn Fox!

Nicolas Nolan

Nic Nolan is a 6-foot, 180-lb infielder from Florida Gulf Coast University and Niceville, FL. He is a Health Science major going into his Sophomore year.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: New York Yankees

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER: Trey Turner

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: seeds

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

MORNING OR EVENING: Evening

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Netflix

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Step Brothers and Shooter

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Blue

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I won the state spelling bee in 5th grade.

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

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Play in MLB

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Travel the world.

You can find Nic on Twitter @nic_nolan7 and on Instagram @nicnolan7!

Kelyn Fox

Kelyn Fox is a 6-foot-1-inch, 160-lb Lefty pitcher from Florida A & M University and Bartow, FL. He is an undeclared major going into his Junior year.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM:Rays

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER: David Price

BUBBLEGUM OR SEEDS: Bubblegum

COOKIES OR ICE CREAM: Cookies

CATS OR DOGS: Dogs

MORNING OR EVENING: Evening

TALKING OR LISTENING: Listening

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE: Netflix

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Any Marvel movie and New Girl

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Red (fruit punch)

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I do everything left handed except shoot guns.

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

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Buy my Mom a house

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

You can learn more about Kelyn by following him on Twitter @KelynFox04 and on Insta @Kelyn_Fox04.

Rebel Alumni Go Pro

While I have been a casual record keeper and historian of modern era Rebels baseball, and I enjoy keeping tabs on what our alumni are doing, I am first and foremost a fan of these college athletes. I would not be involved in Rebels baseball if it weren’t for the magic on the field and the relationships built off the field. It is for this reason that it is always so exciting to me when my favorite players get the chance to continue their careers professionally. I hope other fans feel the same joy and excitement for these career updates that I feel!

This month we had a record breaking 7 Rebel alumni hear their names called in the MLB First Year Players Draft. Those players were Nate Pawelczyk (2016-17), Brandon Parker (2018), Jake Washer (2017), Reeves Martin (2018), Oraj Anu (2018), Keven Pimentel (2018), and Justin Crump (2016). Let me give you a quick update on where these players are at right now.

Nate Pawelczyk

Nate Pawelczyk pitched for the Rebels in 2016-17, coming to us from Winthrop University. He was drafted in the 10th round of the MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox. He has since signed with the White Sox and is currently pitching for the Great Falls Voyagers, which is an Advanced Rookie League team in Great Falls, Montana. He has appeared in relief in 4 games so far for the Voyagers and has posted a 5.4 ERA.

Brandon Parker

Brandon Parker was an outfielder with the Rebels for the beginning of our 2018 season, coming from Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 10th round of the draft. He signed with the team on June 17th and is currently playing for the Danville Braves in Danville, VA. So far he’s accumulated 5 hits in 7 games for the Braves and holds a .192 batting average.

Reeves Martin

Reeves Martin pitched for our 2018 Rebels coming from the University of New Orleans. He was picked by the Seattle Mariners in the 21st round of the draft. He signed quickly and was sent to Everett, Washington to play for the Class A Short Season Everett Aquasox. He has so far pitched in 4 games and holds a 6.23 ERA.

Oraj Anu

Oraj Anu was a hard-hitting outfielder on our Championship 2018 team, and was drafted for the second time this year in the 16th round by the Boston Red Sox. Oraj has not signed with the Red Sox, and is currently playing for the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod League. Most reports indicate that Oraj will not sign with Boston, but will keep his commitment to playing for the University of Kentucky this fall. If this is how things turn out, we won’t be surprised to see Oraj drafted yet again in 2020 and/0r 2021.

Keven Pimentel

Keven Pimentel was an All-Star pitcher for the Rebels in 2017. He played for the 2019 Championship-winning University of Tampa this year. He was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 28th round of the draft. He has since signed with the team and is currently pitching with the Class A Short Season Boise Hawks in Boise, Id. He currently has a 5.4 ERA after appearing in just 2 games for the Hawks.

Jake Washer

Jake Washer was a catcher for the 2017 Rebels coming from Eastern Carolina University. He was picked by the Chicago Cubs in the 29th round of the draft. He just signed the contract with the Cubs this past week and has not yet been assigned to a minor league team. We look forward to seeing where he ends up!

Justin Crump

Justin Crump pitched for the Rebels in 2016, coming from UNC Wilmington. He was selected by the San Francicsco Giants in the 30th round of the draft. He signed his contract on June 16th and was assigned to the Arizona League Rookie Giants. This league has not yet begun play, but their season starts tomorrow on July 1st.

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While it was truly a joy to see seven Rebel names called during the draft, there were a few names this Rebel fan was disappointed not to hear. Happily, in the time since the draft, we have had some of these players sign contracts with Independent League teams. The opportunity to play in the Independent Leagues is the opportunity to continue living the baseball dream, and maybe even regain the notice of MLB affiliated organizations, so we’re truly happy to have our alumni sign with these teams! The players we’ve noted so far in the transaction listings are Luke Johnson (2017), Nick Cottone (2017-2018), John Cable (2016), and Chase Sudduth (2017-18).

Luke Johnson

Luke Johnson was a catcher for the Rebels in 2017. He played for Hartford Community College, Lander University and ended his college career at Wilmington University in DE. This month he signed a contract with the Eastside Diamond Hoppers of the United Shore Professional Baseball League in Suburban Detroit, Michigan. Luke is having a good season so far batting .324 in 34 at bats with two home runs!

John Cable

John Cable was a catcher/infielder for the 2016 Rebels. He played for the University of Georgia as well as the University of New Orleans. He recently signed a contract with the Lake Erie Crushers in the Frontier League. He has so far appeared in 9 games for the Crushers and holds a .229 batting average.

Nick Cottone

Nick Cottone is a pitcher from Elmira College who played for us in both 2017 and 2018. He recently signed a contract with the Plattsburg Thunderbolts in the Empire League, and has since been traded to the New Hampshire Wild in the same league. He has not yet appeared in a game, but we’re really excited to see his career continue!

Chase Sudduth

Chase Sudduth is an infielder from the University of North Georgia who again played for us in both 2017 and 2018. On June 21st, Chase signed a professional contract with the Washington Wild Things of Washington, PA in the Frontier League. So far Chase has had just one hit for the Wild Things, but he has only appeared in three games, so we fully expect to see that change in the near future!

Anna Lawrence

Player Intro of the Day

We’ve met most of our players for summer 2019, but there are always roster transactions and late comers throughout the season, so we’ll continue to introduce our newer players as they come in! Today we get to know Blake Ebo!

Blake Ebo

Blake Ebo is a 6-foot-4-inch, 205-lb Outfielder from The University of Kansas and Lumberton, NJ. He is a Marketing major going into his Junior year in school.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: LA Dodgers

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER: Yasiel Puig

BUBBLEGUM or SEEDS: Bubblegum

COOKIES or ICE CREAM: Both together

CATS or DOGS: Dogs

MORNING or EVENING? evening

TALKING or LISTENING? Listening

NETFLIX or YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Fast and Furious

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Powerade Blue

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I can rap pretty well.

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

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Make it to the Big Leagues

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Go to Lake Como and to Santorini, Greece.

You can follow Blake on social media on Twitter @eboknowz and on Instagram @eboknows!

Player Introduction of the Day

Today let’s get to know Wilhelm Allen!

Wilhelm Josef Allen Jr.

Wilhelm Allen is a 6-foot, 195-lb right-handed pitcher from Marrero, LA and Southern University. He is a Political Science major going into his Senior year.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Yankees

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER: Marcus Stroman

BUBBLEGUM or SEEDS: Bubble gum

COOKIES or ICE CREAM: Cookies on top of ice cream.

CATS or DOGS: Dogs

MORNING or EVENING? Evening

TALKING or LISTENING? Listening

NETFLIX or YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Friday Night Lights

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Melon

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: Me and Jon Snow have something in common.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Large legs. (teammates call me juicy)

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Mayor of New Orleans

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Hang with John Mayer.

You can find Wil on social media on Twitter @15wilallen15 and on Instagram @wilhelm_15.

Player Intro of the Day

Today let’s meet Pedro Castellano!

Pedro Castellano

Pedro Castellano is a 5-foot-11-inch, 184-lb infielder from The University of Central Florida and Davenport, FL. He is an Interdisciplinary Studies Major going into his Senior year.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Houston Astros

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER: Jose Altuve

BUBBLEGUM or SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES or ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS or DOGS: Dogs

MORNING or EVENING? Evening

TALKING or LISTENING? Listening

NETFLIX or YOUTUBE: Youtube

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Friends

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Orange

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: n/a

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): n/a

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Have a lot of money and make it to the MLB

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Get married, have kids, make it to the MLB.

Player Intros of the Day

Today let’s get to know Jeremiah McCollum and Cade Hungate!

Jeremiah McCollum

Jeremiah McCollum is a 6-foot-1-inch 180-lb Right-handed pitcher from Florida A & M and Fulshear, TX. He is a Broadcast/Journalism major going into his Junior year.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Houston Astros

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER: Josh James

BUBBLEGUM or SEEDS: Seeds

COOKIES or ICE CREAM: Cookies

CATS or DOGS: Dogs

MORNING or EVENING? Evening

TALKING or LISTENING? Listening

NETFLIX or YOUTUBE:Netflix

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: Family Guy

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Orange

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I love to sing but can’t actually sing.

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

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Work for ESPN or Fox Sports

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Hang out with Drake.

You can follow Jeremiah on Twitter @JAMcCollum09 and on Instagram @hjam_28.

Cade Hungate

Cade Hungate is a 6-foot-2-inch, 190lb Infielder from Florida State University and Abingdon, VA. He is a Business major going into his Sophomore year.

FAVORITE MLB TEAM: Red Sox

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER: Mike Trout

BUBBLEGUM or SEEDS: Gum

COOKIES or ICE CREAM: Ice Cream

CATS or DOGS: Dogs

MORNING or EVENING? Evening

TALKING or LISTENING? Talking

NETFLIX or YOUTUBE: Netflix

FAVORITE MOVIE & TV SHOW: The Benchwarmers

FAVORITE GATORADE FLAVOR (COLOR): Blue

WEIRD OR HILARIOUS FACT ABOUT YOU: I don’t know.

SOMETHING YOU’RE KNOWN FOR (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Being a nice guy.

NAME ONE LIFE/CAREER GOAL: Make it to the big leagues.

NAME SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Travel the world.

You can find out more about Cade by following him on Twitter @cadehungate7 and on Instagram @cade_hungate7.