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TRIPLE THREAT Jacob Gonzalez lashed his third triple of the season in the Rebels' Governor's Cup win over Mississippi State at Trustmark Park, becoming the first Rebel with at least three triples in a season since Tate Blackmon legged out four in 2017. #MLBREBS Ole Miss has four former players currently on MLB rosters in Chris Ellis (Baltimore Orioles, injured list), Nick Fortes (Miami Marlins), Lance Lynn (Chicago White Sox) and Drew Pomeranz (San Diego Padres, injured list). THE BOYS ARE BACK! Ole Miss returns nearly the entirety of its potent offense from the 2021 season with eight of nine positional starters returning to the Rebel lineup, Ole Miss is poised once again to put up gawdy numbers on the scoreboard. Percentage Return from 2021 • Games Started - 88.6% • Runs - 88.5% • Hits - 91.8% • Doubles - 91.7% • Triples - 100% • Home Runs - 90.6% • RBIs - 91.3% • Walks - 85.1% JUCO PRODUCTS Ole Miss has nine junior college products on the 2022 roster, five of which are new additions. Four of the five JUCO players come from schools within the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference. STARS AND STRIPES Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco has been tapped as the manager for the 2022 USA Collegiate National Team for this upcoming summer, marking the Rebel skipper's managerial debut for the Red, White and Blue. It will be the second time donning a Team USA uniform for Bianco, who served as the pitching coach for the Collegiate National Team in 2013. Under Bianco's guidance, the USA posted a 1.87 ERA, a 20-3 record and 222 strikeouts. The remaining 2022 Collegiate National Team staff, as well as more information about the 2022 Collegiate National Team schedule, will be announced at a later date. STARS IN THE MAKING Ole Miss has six players ranked in D1Baseball's Top 2022 MLB Draft College Prospect Rankings. All six Rebels are ranked inside the top-150, tied for the most in the top-150 in the nation. Additionally, a pair of Rebs find themself in the top-100 for the 2023 rankings. Rebels in the Top 2022 MLB Draft Prospect Rankings • Hayden Dunhurst - No. 27 • TJ McCants* - No. 49 • Derek Diamond - No. 63 • Jack Washburn - No. 101 • Kevin Graham - No. 124 • Drew McDaniel - No. 133 Rebels in the Top 2023 MLB Draft Prospect Rankings • Jacob Gonzalez - No. 2 • Jack Dougherty - No. 55 * - Draft eligible sophomore STUDS AROUND THE DIAMOND When D1Baseball released its top-50 position power rankings this offseason, Ole Miss was well represented, landing at least one player at every single position. The Rebels' full rankings can be found below: Rebels in the Top-50 Position Rankings • Jacob Gonzalez - No. 2 shortstop • Hayden Dunhurst - No. 4 catcher • Tim Elko - No. 5 first baseman • Peyton Chatagnier - No. 13 second baseman • Justin Bench - No. 25 third baseman • Kevin Graham - No. 16 outfielder • TJ McCants - No. 32 outfielder • Derek Diamond - No. 40 starting pitcher • Brandon Johnson - No. 41 relief pitcher • Jack Dougherty - No. 62 relief pitcher • Jack Washburn - No. 75 starting pitcher • John Gaddis - No. 76 starting pitcher • Drew McDaniel - No. 115 starting pitcher RESPECT FROM THEIR PEERS Ole Miss landed a league-high five players on the Preseason All-SEC team, having a player recognized at four of five infield positions. Ole Miss Preseason All-SEC Selections • Jacob Gonzalez - Shortstop - First Team • Hayden Dunhurst - Catcher - Second Team • Tim Elko - First Base - Second Team • Peyton Chatagnier - Second Team • Kevin Graham - Second Team YOU'RE GONZO GO FAR, KID Bursting onto the scene last season with one of the greatest true freshmen seasons ever in a Rebel uniform, shortstop Jacob Gonzalez quickly established himself as one of the nation's elite young talents. In addition to being named D1Baseball's National Freshman of the Year, the California native joined Stephen Head as the only Rebs ever to be named an All-American as a freshman, earning the honor from both D1Baseball and the NCBWA. Starting all 67 games at short, Gonzalez led all true freshmen in hits and runs scored. Poised for another big season, the sophomore has reeled in a myriad of preseason honors for 2022. Gonzalez' Preseason Honor Round Up • Preseason All-America (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, NCBWA, Perfect Game) • First Team Preseason All-SEC • D1Baseball No. 2 '23 College Draft Prospect • D1Baseball No. 3 '23 College Draft SEC Prospect • D1Baseball No. 2 ranked shortstop COME TO THE SIP With a pair of electric arms departing for the Major League Baseball Draft in Gunnar Hoglund and Doug Nikhazy, Ole Miss utilized the transfer portal to bring in some talent on the mound in Division I transfers John Gaddis and Jack Washburn. Both bring quality experience to the Rebel roster, with Gaddis pitching four seasons at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Washburn moving to Oxford after two seasons at Oregon State. The Gaddis File • 2021 All-Southland Second Team • 13 appearances with 10 starts in 2021 • Won five games with a team-low 2.25 ERA • 72 strikeouts in 64.0 innings of work • 7.0 or more innings in 6-of-last-7 starts The Washburn File • Son of former MLB star Jarrod Washburn • 21 appearances with five starts in 2021 • 3.12 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 34.2 innings Keep up with all the latest news and information on the Rebels by following Ole Miss baseball on Twitter at @OleMissBSB, on Facebook at Facebook.com/OleMissBaseball, on Instagram at Instagram.com/officialolemissbsb and on TikTok at @olemissbsb. Also, follow head coach Mike Bianco on Twitter at @CoachMikeBianco.  

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