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Kane County Cougars
Founded in 1991
Geneva, Illinois
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Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentClass-A [1]
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League (1991–present)
DivisionWestern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Arizona Diamondbacks (2015–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (2)
  • 2001
  • 2014
Division titles (4)
  • 2001
  • 2004
  • 2006
  • 2014
Team data
NicknameKane County Cougars
Previous names
Wausau Timbers (1975–1990)
Decatur Commodores (1952–1974)
Ballpark Northwestern Medicine Field
Previous parks
Athletic Park (Wausau, WI)
Fans Field (Decatur, IL)
Manager Blake Lalli
General ManagerCurtis Haug
Kane County Cougars, playing the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Fox Cities Stadium on June 9, 2006.

The Kane County Cougars are a Class A Minor League Baseball team, affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks, [2] that plays in the Midwest League. Their home games are played at Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva, Illinois, about 35 miles (56 km) west of Chicago.

Team History

The Midwest League came to Kane County in 1991 when the Wausau Timbers relocated to Geneva, IL. The Wausau (1975-1990) Midwest League franchise was previously based in Decatur, Illinois (1952–74). [3] The team has been known as the Cougars since moving to Kane County. They were affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles in 1991 and 1992, with the Florida Marlins from 1993 to 2002, the Oakland Athletics from 2003 until 2010, the Kansas City Royals for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and the Chicago Cubs for the 2013 and 2014 seasons before affiliating with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015.

As a Marlins farm team some key contributors to the 2003 World Series championship team played in Kane County on their way to the big leagues. Miguel Cabrera has had a notable career and 2003 Series MVP Josh Beckett played for the Cougars in 2000, while Dontrelle Willis had the league's best winning percentage and earned run average in 2002.

The Cougars play their home games at Northwestern Medicine Field, [4] built in 1991. The franchise attendance record of 523,222 was set in 2001. The Cougars are perennially among the league leaders in attendance. On July 20, 2013 the Cougars became the first Class A team to attract 10 million fans. [5] Nancy Faust, after 40 years with the Chicago White Sox, was the stadium organist for selected Cougar home games until her retirement after the 2015 season.

Playoffs

Season Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
1991 - L, 2-0, Madison -
1992 - - -
1993 - - -
1994 - - -
1995 L, 2-1, West Michigan - -
1996 - - -
1997 W, 2-0, Wisconsin W, 2-0, Cedar Rapids L, 3-2, Lansing
1998 - - -
1999 W, 2-1, Quad Cities L, 2-0, Burlington -
2000 L, 2-1, Wisconsin - -
2001 W, 2-0, Beloit W, 2-0, Wisconsin W, 1-0, South Bend
2002 - - -
2003 L, 2-1, Clinton - -
2004 W, 2-1, Peoria W, 2-0, Clinton L, 3-2, West Michigan
2005 - - -
2006 W, 2-1, Quad Cities W, 2-0, Beloit L, 3-1, West Michigan
2007 - - -
2008 L, 2-0, Burlington - -
2009 L, 2-0, Burlington - -
2010 W, 2-1, Quad Cities L, 2-1, Clinton -
2011 W, 2-1, Burlington L, 2-0, Quad Cities -
2012 L, 2-0, Fort Wayne - -
2013 - - -
2014 W, 2-0, Wisconsin W, 2-0, Cedar Rapids W, 3-0, Lake County
2015 L, 2-0, Peoria - -
2016 - - -
2017 L, 2-0, Cedar Rapids - -

Mascots

The team's mascots are Ozzie T. Cougar and his sister Annie T. Cougar. [6] [7]

Roster

Kane County Cougars roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 11 Abraham Almonte
  • -- Cal Becker ‡
  • 36 Jhoan Duran
  •  7 Carlos Hernandez Injury icon 2.svg
  • 18 Tyler Keele
  • 22 Mack Lemieux
  • 32 Jayson McKinley
  • 25 Rafael Pujols
  • 17 Franklyn Soriano
  • 26 Kyler Stout
  • 12 Juan Torres
  • 23 Bryan Valdez

Catchers

  • 10 Jose Herrera
  •  6 Tim Susnara

Infielders

  •  5 Jose Caballero
  •  1 Jancarlos Cintron
  • 14 Terence Connelly
  •  4 Ryan Dobson
  •  8 Luis Lara
  • 19 Eudy Ramos
  • 29 Yoel Yanqui

Outfielders

  • -- Eduardo Diaz Injury icon 2.svg
  • 33 Ryan Grotjohn
  •  3 Tra Holmes
  •  2 Yan Sanchez


Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Arizona Diamondbacks 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated July 1, 2018
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB •  Midwest League
Arizona Diamondbacks minor league players

Notable alumni

Notable franchise alumni include: [8]

Minor league affiliations

Level Team League Location
AAA Reno Aces Pacific Coast League Reno, Nevada
AA Jackson Generals Southern League Jackson, Tennessee
Advanced A Visalia Rawhide California League Visalia, California
A Kane County Cougars Midwest League Geneva, Illinois
Short Season A Hillsboro Hops Northwest League Hillsboro, Oregon
Rookie Missoula Osprey Pioneer League Missoula, Montana
AZL D-backs Arizona League Scottsdale, Arizona
DSL D-backs Dominican Summer League Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

References

  1. ^ http://www.milb.com/milb/info/classifications.jsp
  2. ^ "Cougars Announce Affiliation With Arizona Diamondbacks". Kane County Cougars. September 24, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  3. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/team.cgi
  4. ^ http://atmilb.com/2f0ZmkD
  5. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-07-22/news/ct-tl-geneva-10-millionth-cougar-20130725_1_elfstrom-general-manager-curtis-haug-minor-league-baseball
  6. ^ "New-Look Ozzie T. Cougar – 'Coolest Cougar' in Kane County?". Kane County Connects. February 18, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Annie T. Cougar Is Baseball Team's Newest Mascot". Suburban Chronicle. June 2, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Major League Cougars | Kane County Cougars Roster". Kane County Cougars. Retrieved 2015-10-15.

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