Rebel pitchers show promise in summer league action

First off, I would like to say hello to the readers of this blog. As Parrish pointed out, he is on vacation for the week and I will be filling in here during his absence. My name is John Luke McCord and I study journalism at Ole Miss. I hope to keep you guys updated on all the happenings in Ole Miss athletics this week.

Today we will start off with some updates on Rebel pitchers in their respective summer leagues.

– Josh Laxer – Cape Cod League – Bourne Braves

Laxer is working as a reliever this summer for the Bourne Braves. He has two outings that have combined for a total of 5.2 innings of work. He has walked three guys, surrendered just one hit, and struck out three in those 5.2 innings of work. He has given up only one run and it was unearned.

The Rebels need Laxer to have a good summer and gain some confidence, while making improvements because he will need to be a big piece for the team next season. He could end up as the midweek starter, like this past season, he could battle for a weekend starting spot or he could land in the bullpen.

– Hawtin Buchanan – Cape Cod League – Bourne Braves

Buchanan has not seen much action so far this summer, facing only four batters in two appearances, but he has yet to surrender a hit. The Rebels need similar improvement from Buchanan this summer as they hope to see out of Laxer. Buchanan is sure to find a role in the bullpen for the Rebels next season, but how important that role will be is yet to be determined. It would make sense for him to be in a setup or closer type role, but improvements must come first.

– Chris Ellis – Cape Cod League – Cotuit Kettleers

This summer Ellis has been impressive in two starts for Cotuit. He threw six innings of one hit baseball in his most recent start. He has given up just four hits in 10 innings of work so far, while only allowing one earned run and striking out nine. The impressive start to the summer is exactly what the Rebels needed. Ellis needed to gain some confidence this summer as ┬áhe is a pitcher who has known ability, but because injuries and various reason, wasn’t able to perform well last season in a bullpen role. It would make sense for Ellis to become a weekend starter next season, but he could also end up with a very important bullpen role, but he will have role and need to be successful if the Rebels are to be successful next season.

– Matt Denny – Cal Ripken League – Baltimore Redbirds

Denny has started two games this summer. His first start was three innings long and he allowed two earned runs. His second start was four scoreless innings. In seven innings so far this summer, he has struck out six and walked three.

While Denny was effective for the Rebels in the pen last season, he will need to step up and claim an even larger role in the pen next season. The Rebels would love for him to show up in the fall with tons of confidence that he can be even better next season.

– Scott Weathersby – California League – Southern California Catch

In three starts this summers, Weathersby is 2-0, having surrendered one earned run, while striking out 10 batters and walking two. Weathersby hadn’t pitched at Ole Miss until last season where he saw a role as a multiple inning guy at times or even a specialists at times. He will, like Denny, see an increased role next season as the bullpen will be relied on more heavily next season and Weathersby will a big piece in that equation.

I will provide an update on the position players and their summers to date later this week.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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