All-SEC candidates for the Rebels

Who are the All-SEC players on this Ole Miss team?

We batted that question around in the press box Saturday prior to the Rebels’ comeback win over Kentucky to complete the sweep against the Wildcats.

JB Woodman comes immediately to mind, but it hasn’t been that way all season. Woodman has had a monster back half of the season, slapping home runs all over the place to the point that he now leads the SEC in that category with 13.

That’s one more than Kentucky’s Javon Shelby with 12.

Woodman had two hits and two RBIs in the loss and is hitting .327, third on the team, and he’s hitting .340 in SEC play.

He’s fourth in the SEC in slugging percentage at .582 and tied for eighth in RBIs with 49.

A finalist for the Ferriss Trophy, which is presented to Mississippi’s top college player, Woodman is tied for the national lead in outfield assists with nine. He’s thrown out seven runners at home plate.

Woodman doesn’t cover as much ground in center field as Auston Bousfield did, but frankly, I’ve not see any college player that covered as much.

Woodman, though, fields his position gracefully and finds ways to get things done.

It would seem that Woodman would be a first-team lock, but you never know how coaches’ voting will go.

Outside of Woodman this has been a team without many dominant players.

Wyatt Short as a closer is a solid bet, as is Henri Lartigue at catcher.

Lartigue leads all catchers with a .358 batting average. That’s No. 1 at Ole Miss and No. 7 in the league.

Offensive statistics are so important in all-conference voting, because that’s all some people see.

That mindset could work against Errol Robinson at shortstop.

It looked like Robinson was feeling the weight of his preseason All-America status early in the year, but he’s had a great second half of the season, better than Woodman in terms of batting average.

Robinson was at or below .200 at times early in the year and has gotten his average up to .279.

I think he’s had his best year defensively. It just seems to me that he covers more ground, and he makes up for not having a rocket arm with a smooth and quick release.

Tate Blackman’s .330 batting average could get him some looks, and he’s a good story based on his struggles last year as a highly recruited freshman, but I think he’s been rather average defensively at second base.

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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  • JB

    Ole MIss has
    a very good base ball team these all-SEC players show this, but they have their work cut out for them this weekend at Blue Bell Park. BOth teams lost their midweek games yesterday – just a practice event – the real test comes when they meet officially. A&m no. 2 team in SEC behind the Florida Gators who swept A&M this season. i think Vandy would argue as to who is No 2, but A&M pitcher threw a no hitter at Vandy this season. South Carolina has an argument as well – I think Gators No. 1 – Solid pitching staff and pretty good at bat some times. GO Gators!!

    • Killer_Beeze

      I was shocked that BOTH Ole Miss and TAMU lost their games yesterday. Ole Miss lost to Arkansas State 8-6 and Sam Houston shut out the Aggies 5-0. Both teams must have been playing the lower tier of the bullpen? Well, I hope they are both healthy and ready for a competitive series. Wish it were being played in Oxford.

  • JB

    as Yahoo sports see it:On the surface, Ole Miss’ 8-6 loss to Arkansas State on Tuesday night
    appears to be a crippling late-season stumble for a team desperate to
    improve its postseason resume. The Rebs are in a dog fight with South
    Carolina to earn the last of the top eight national seeds (a designation
    that would allow them to host the first two rounds of the NCAA
    Tourney), and a hiccup during the last midweek game of the year against a
    sub-.500 A-State team with an RPI ranked 145 has the #FireBianco crowd
    riled up on Twitter. According to Warren Nolan’s Live RPI, Tuesday
    night’s game dropped Ole Miss just one spot to sixth. South Carolina,
    which won its midweek game at home against a Citadel team with an RPI
    over 250, stayed put at No. 7. …

  • JB

    With Miss State win in yesterday’s game it nailed down the No. 3 bye seed in the upcoming SEC tournament at Hoover. No. 4 will be decided from today’s game between South Caroline and LSU Ole miss left out in the cold dark world, Rebels will have to slog it out thru the tournament brackets, Question? Does Ole Miss have adequate pitching to carry them – we shall see. could Miss State be the “dark horse” in this years run for the prize at the end of the trail? or could it be Vandy?

    • ripleyreb

      Good morning JB. You know the SEC is a tough conference when the #1 team in the country is the #4 seed in their own conference tournament. It is going to be fun to watch. Good luck to your Gators.

      • JB

        ripleyReb – Gators got some “tail feathers plucked out, they are lucky to have landed a #4seed – they almost got beat out by LSU and Ole Miss. Gator batters not deliver the goods when needed

        • JB

          Miss State, the team to watch.

  • JB

    2016 SEC Baseball Awards
    Player of the Year: Boomer White, Texas A&M

    Pitcher of the Year: LOGAN SHORE, FLORIDA

    Freshman of the Year: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State

    Coach of the Year: John Cohen, Mississippi State

    Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Derek Lance, Tennessee

    First-Team All-SEC
    C: Henri Lartigue, Ole Miss

    1B: Nathaniel Lowe, Mississippi State

    2B: Ryne Birk, Texas A&M

    3B: Boomer White, Texas A&M

    SS: Kramer Robertson, LSU

    OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State

    OF: J.B. Woodman, Ole Miss

    OF: Gene Cone, South Carolina

    *DH/UT: Jack Kruger, Mississippi State

    *DH/UT: Bryce Jordan, LSU


    SP: Dakota Hudson, Mississippi State


    Second-Team All-SEC Team


    *1B: Evan White, Kentucky

    2B: Tate Blackman, Ole Miss

    3B: Nick Senzel, Tennessee


    OF: Anfernee Grier, Auburn

    OF: Bryan Reynolds, Vanderbilt

    OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt

    DH/UT: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State

    SP: Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt

    SP: Clarke Schmidt, South Carolina

    RP: Mark Ecker, Texas A&M

    • JB

      C: Henri Lartigue, Ole Miss. he deserves and has earned this achievement

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