Simpson leaving Rebel baseball

Changes are usually synonymous with baseball offseasons, and this year will be no different.

Right-handed relief pitcher Jesse Simpson announced on Wednesday that he is leaving the Rebel baseball team and is currently searching for a new program to join.

Simpson is from Baton Rouge, La., and just completed his sophomore season at Ole Miss. During his career, the Zachary High School product appeared in 27 games where he compiled a 2-1 record with two saves.

"I want to get some more playing time," Simpson said. "It wasn't anything against Coach Bianco, but I didn't feel like I fit in the system or was the type of pitcher that he liked to throw."

Simpson is awaiting his release and hopes to move somewhere out West or closer to family.

"I haven't contacted any schools yet, but that is the direction that I want to go," Simpson said. "California has always been attractive to me, and I think I fit that style of baseball. I am looking at San Diego State, Irvine and College of Charleston. My brother lives in Charleston. (S.C.)"

Also, 25-man roster members first baseman Peyton Farr and utility player JoJo Tann are foregoing their remaining eligibility. Earlier this year, right-handed pitcher James Wiley, right-handed pitcher Nick Hetland and right-handed pitcher Tyler McMullen announced they were leaving as well.

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