Summer baseball for Rebs, former Rebs

Jeff Fassero retired. T.J. Beam got sent back down (hopefully temporarily). David Dellucci and Bobby Kielty are still swinging the bats and making outfield catches in the bigs. Ole Miss baseball is well represented in all parts of the country this season, from the newcomers to the professionals.

Bill Bunting of Ole Miss athletics media relations recently put together a list of where former Rebels are in the pros. Below is that list.

Unfortunately, I had to make one adjustment to it since over the weekend T.J. Beam was sent back down to AAA Columbus from New York. The word is, however, that Beam might move back up at any time. The Yankees have had some injuries, and Beam was up for three weeks with the big club. As time moves ahead, it will be interesting to see when Beam is called back up.

Other current professional baseball Rebels and their teams:


David Dellucci – Philadelphia Phillies

Bobby Kielty – Oakland Athletics


T.J. Beam – Columbus Clippers (New York Yankees)

Ryan Bukvich – Oklahoma Redhawks (Texas Rangers)

Justin Huisman – Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners)


Michael Rosamond – Mississippi Braves (Atlanta Braves)

Seth Smith – Tulsa Drillers (Colorado Rockies)

Matt Tolbert – New Britain Rock Cats (Minnesota Twins)

High A

Matthew Duff – Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays)

Eric Fowler – Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays)

Stephen Head – Kinston Indians (Cleveland Indians)

Mark Holliman – Daytona Cubs (Chicago Cubs)

Chris Thompson – Potomac Nationals (Washington Nationals)


Tommy Baumgardner – Tri-City Dust Devils (Colorado Rockies)

Anthony Cupps – South Bend Silver Hawks (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Barry Gunther – Augusta Greenbacks (San Francisco Giants)

Matt Maloney – Lakewood Blue Claws (Philadelphia Phillies)

Cooper Osteen – Lakewood Blue Claws (Philadelphia Phillies)

Brian Pettway – Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays)

Alex Presley – Williamsport Crosscutters (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Mark Wright – Brooklyn Cyclones (New York Mets)

Jeremy Zick – Swing of the Quad Cities (St. Louis Cardinals)


Justin Brashear – Missoula Osprey (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Garrett White – Ogden Raptors (Los Angeles Dodgers)

You can certainly say with confidence that Dellucci and Kielty have had excellent major league careers. Not necessarily the headliners of some pros, these two still have put in several productive years in the majors.

Kielty, who will be 30 on August 5, has been able to hang in with the A's and become a solid major leaguer.

I remember the day then UM head coach Pat Harrison brought Kielty in for breakfast at the old Smitty's Restaurant downtown. Chuck and I were there. Harrison introduced us to Kielty. Chuck's immediate comment about the Californian was that he certainly looked like he could hit a lot of home runs given his build, which was solid and strong, and is currently listed as 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds.

He only played at Ole Miss for one season (1998) before being signed by the Minnesota Twins. After bouncing over to Toronto, Kielty has been with the A's for three seasons, a good move for him since he's back in his home state.

Kielty's in left field for Oakland, has played in 40 games this season and is batting a solid .298. On July 5 against Detroit, he had three hits including a home run.

In 525 career major league games to date, Kielty's batting average is .257.

Dellucci, 32, was traded from Texas to Philly earlier this year. I know that had to be a disappointment for the 5-11, 195, Baton Rouge, La., native. I interviewed him last summer in Arlington, and he said he wanted to finish his career with the Rangers.

But true to his work ethic and character, Dellucci, who was drafted by the Orioles in 1995 and played for both the Diamondbacks and Yankees before his gig with the Rangers, has gone to Philadelphia and made a real contribution.

In 70 games this season, the outfielder is batting .315 with six home runs.

Former Rebel pitcher Jeff Fassero, 43, appears to have retired. He pitched one season for the Rebels way back in 1984.

The 6-1, 214, left-hander was released from the Giants in early May after a 16-year major league career that started with the Montreal Expos in 1991. That was after six-plus seasons in the minors.

He spent time with eight MLB clubs during his career. If Fassero is finished, he leaves baseball with a MLB W-L record of 121-124 and an ERA of 4.11. He had 25 saves in relief and pitched 17 complete games as a starter.

The following is a mostly complete list, again compiled by Bill Bunting, of where current and future Rebel baseball players are this summer.

Coastal Plains League

Brett Basham – Thomasville Hi-Toms

Zach Miller – Thomasville Hi-Toms

Cody Overbeck – Thomasville Hi-Toms

Central Illinois Collegiate League

Evan Button – Danville Dans

Devin Hicks – Danville Dans

New York Collegiate League

Rory McKean – Saratoga Phillies

JoJo Tann – Saratoga Phillies

Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate League

Cullen Kight – Maryland Orioles

Wade Broyles – Maryland Orioles


Andrew Clark – Midland Redskins

Nathan Baker – Dulin's Dodgers

James Wiley – E Cobb Yankees

Tyler McMullen – Memphis Tigers

Jordan Henry – Jackson 96ers

Dan Black – Indiana Bulls

Scott Bittle – Mineral Wells Steam

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