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!
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!
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!
Fall is here, and with the exception of MLB, baseball season (at least in this country) is over. Since we have such an impressive list of former Rebels who played professionally this year, I thought I’d give you an update on how their seasons went!
Alex Boshers – 2012 Rebels – Alex Boshers played this season for the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association. He pitched in 22 games, 21 of which he started. His record was 6-9 and he ended the season with a 6.2 ERA. His contract has been optioned for the 2020 season, so we look forward to seeing him again next year!
Trevin Eubanks – 2018 Rebels – Trevin Eubanks was a mid-season addition to the roster of the Shaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League. He appeared in 10 games for the Boomers, all in relief. He ended his season with a 1-0 record, and a 5.26 ERA.
John Cable – 2016 Rebels – John Cable was a second string Catcher for the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League this season. He had 140 at bats in 43 games with 7 extra base hits and 9 RBI. He ended the season with a .221 avg.
Anthony Trovato – 2018 Rebels – Anthony Trovato was another mid-season sign this year, joining the Westside Wooly Mammoths of the United Shore Professional League. He pitched 10.1 innings of relief over 10 games, and ended his year with a nice little 2.61 ERA! Great job to Anthony!
Luke Johnson – 2017 Rebels – Some of us were disappointed not to see Luke Johnson’s name called in the draft this year, but we were happy to see him get an opportunity to play in the USPBL with the Eastside Diamond Hoppers. Luke appeared in 36 games, hitting .226 and leading his team in home runs with 10 (tied for second in the league)! Looking forward to seeing what he does next season!
Nick Cottone – 2017-18 Rebels – Nick Cottone played this season in the Empire Professional League for the Plattsburg Thunderbirds and the New Hampshire Wild. He pitched in 12 games, 6 of which he started. His record was 3-1 and his ERA at season’s end was 2.83. Congrats to Nick on what looks like a great first season!
Chase Sudduth – 2017-18 Rebels – Chase Sudduth signed with the Washington Wild Thing of the Frontier League early in their season this year. Unfortunately he did not get to stay with them long, ending up on the disabled list after just a few weeks. He did appear in 10 games and batted .161. I checked in with him a few weeks ago and he is healthy and expecting to get another chance next season! We look forward to seeing good things for Chase!
Reed Garrett – 2013 Rebels – Reed Garrett began his season in the bigs with the Detroit Tigers having been selected by them in the Rule 5 draft. He pitched in 15 innings over 13 games at that level, ending with a 8.22 ERA. Unfortunately the Tigers did not ultimately keep him and sent him back to the Texas Rangers where he was assigned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. He again spent his time pitching in relief and had more success with the Sounds pitching in 40 innings over 34 games, capturing 40 strike outs and posting a 4.91 ERA. Hoping to see Reed make another advancement to the MLB next season… it’s certainly a possibility!
Jimmy Kerrigan – 2014 Rebels – Jimmy Kerrigan spent the majority of his season with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the Minnesota Twins farm system. He appeared in 78 games for the Wahoos batting .209 with 9 HR, 11 2B and 15 stolen bases. He also did a stint in Triple-A Rochester where he batted .261 with another 6 home runs in 20 games. Hoping to see Jimmy have continued success and make it to the next level!
Kevin Woodall – 2015 Rebels – Kevin Woodall began his season fairly late with the Rookie level State College Spikes of the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Unfortunately he appeared in only one game, batting .250 before he was placed on the 60-day Disabled List. Not sure what his health concerns may be, but hoping he can recover and get another chance at the plate in future seasons!
Jacob Rhinesmith – 2017 Rebels – Jacob Rhinesmith spent his season in Class A Hagerstown with the Suns. He had a good season, batting .264 with 10 HR, 3 3B, 33 2B and 19 stolen bases. His solid performance even landed him a spot on the South Atlantic League All Star Roster. Rhinesmith was the one player I got a chance to see in action this summer, and though that particular game wasn’t a great one for him, It was good to see him, and good to know he’s had a solid season! Looking forward to the next one!
Brendan Donovan – 2016 Rebels – Brendan Donovan spent the majority of his season with the Class-A Peoria Chiefs in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. Like Rhinesmith, he had a very solid season, batting .266 with 8 HR and 26 2B. For his final game of the season, Brendan was called up to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds where he had the opportunity to bat 1.000 with 1 hit and 1 BB. I think Brendan Donovan is going to be fun to keep an eye on in coming seasons!
Jonathan Bowlan – 2016 Rebels – Jonathan Bowlan split his second professional season between the Class A Lexington Legends and the Class-A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks in the Kansas City Royals system. He had a great season, averaging a 3.14 ERA between the 2 teams. He famously pitched a nearly-perfect no-hitter for Wilmington back in July and holds an 11-5 record at the end of the 2019 season. He’s clearly a top prospect for a reason!
Garrett Kelly – 2014 Rebels – Garrett Kelly signed as a free agent with the Cubs last year, and spent most of this season with the Class-A Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans. He pitched 27 innings of relief over 19 games and ended his season with a 3.00 ERA. Unfortunately his season ended in August with a move to the DL, but we hope he’ll recover to do good things next year!
Chandler Raiden – 2017 Rebels – Chandler Raiden spent most of his 2019 season with the Class A Adv. Charlotte Stone Crabs. He pitched 55 innings of relief over 37 games and posted a 2.93 ERA with 9 saves. Towards the end of the season Chandler was promoted to AA Montgomery where he appeared in 5 games and pitched 6 innings earning him a 12.79 ERA.
Justin Crump – 2016 Rebels – Justin Crump was drafted this year but unfortunately did not appear in any games. We’ll keep you posted if he pops up on any rosters next year!
Reeves Martin – 2018 Rebels – Reeves Martin was drafted this year and began his season at the Class-A Short Season Everett AquaSox in the Seattle Mariners system. He was promoted after only 4 games to the West Virginia Power. Overall he pitched 27 innings in 20 games and ended with a 3.58 ERA. Not bad for a rookie season!
Keven Pimentel – 2017 Rebels – Keven Pimentel was another 2019 draftee and spent his rookie season with the Class A Short Season Boise Hawks in the Colorado Rockies system (fun fact, part of the season he would have been teammates with local boy Colton Harlow!). Keven threw 29 innings in 22 games and ended his season with an 8.8 ERA.
Nate Pawelcyzk – 2016-17 Rebels – Nate Pawelcyzk spent his rookie season with the Rookie-Advanced Great Falls Voyagers in the Chicago White Sox farm system. He pitched in 26 innings over 21 games, threw 26 SO and ended the season with a 3.81 ERA. Another solid rookie season for a Rebel alum! Hoping to see him do it again at a higher level next year!
Jake Washer – 2017 Rebels – Jake Washer began his rookie season with the Rookie-level Arizona League Cubs 2. He was very quickly promoted to the Class-A Short Season Eugene Emeralds. He had 70 AB in 22 games and posted a .257 batting average with 9 extra base hits. Looking forward to following Jake in the coming seasons!
That about does it until next season, though if you’re itching for baseball during the colder months, you can follow Frank Gailey (2005,06 Rebels) and Tyler Thompson (2014 Rebels) who are star pitchers in the Australia league where play begins in November!