Jason Barber leaves Ole Miss baseball team

Published 4:13 pm Monday, June 12, 2017

Ole Miss baseball is losing one of the Oxford Four.

Jason Barber has left the team but will stay at the school to focus on academics, an Ole Miss spokesman said. Barber, a former Oxford High standout, played just one season for the Rebels.

A member of the Rebels’ top-ranked recruiting class last year, Barber was used sparingly out of the bullpen this season. He allowed two earned runs and five hits in three appearances totaling three innings.

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Barber, who’s majoring in business, was one of four Oxford players to sign with the Rebels last year after starting four years for the Chargers. He was a two-time EAGLE Player of the Year and won Gatorade Mississippi Player of the Year twice, the only Oxford player to ever win the award multiple times.

The 6-foot, 195-pound right-hander collected 35 wins and posted a 1.25 earned run average in 281 innings in high school. He went 10-2 with a 1.08 ERA as a senior, following up a junior year in which he didn’t allow an earned run all season.

RebelGrove.com first reported the news.

Miller transferring

Reserve outfielder D.J. Miller took to Twitter on Monday to announce his intention to transfer. Miller said he’s heading to Lindenwood University.

“My life has been an emotional roller coaster lately,” Miller posted in the first of two tweets. “Rebel nation will always have a special place in my heart, and I’m thankful for them.”

Miller played in just 19 games this season as a sophomore, hitting .167 with two home runs and four RBIs.