DuPage Dragons

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DuPage Dragons
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Team Logo
League Prospect League (West Division)
Location Lisle, Illinois
Year founded 2005
Year folded 2011
League championships 0
Division championships 0
Former league(s)
Former ballparks Benedictine University Ballpark
Colors Green, Black, White
Ownership Mike Thiessen (2011)
Management Geoff Steele (2011)
Manager Travis Walden (2011)
Media Arlington Heights Daily Herald
Website dupagedragons.com

The DuPage Dragons was a collegiate summer league baseball team located in Lisle, Illinois. The team played in the Prospect League, which their former league, the NCAA sanctioned Central Illinois Collegiate League, was absorbed into. The team was last managed by Travis Walden, a former pitching coach for Texas Tech.

History[edit]

The Dragons were part of CICL league expansion in 2005 with the East Peoria Scrappers. The League long wanted a team located in the Chicago metro area.[1] While East Peoria folded after the 2005 season, DuPage had proven a successful addition to the league.

2005 Season[edit]

The Dragons did not qualify for the postseason.

2006 Season[edit]

The Dragons finished the 2006 season as the CICL Regular Season Co-Champions and qualified for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Dupage, the 2nd seed for the postseason, fell in the first round of the postseason to the 3rd-seeded Twin City Stars.

2007 season[edit]

The 2007 campaign was a successful one. The Dragons won the rights to host the 2 game playoffs at the Benedictine University Ballpark by being in first place at the All-Star break. At the culmination of the season though, the Dragons finished with a 24-24 record, earning them the 3rd seed in the 4-team postseason tournament. The Dragons were able to win the semifinal game in 12 innings over the Quincy Gems, earning themselves a spot in the Championship Game. The Dragons season ended when they were defeated by the Regular Season Champions Dubois County Bombers in the Championship Game by a final score of 5-2.

2008 season[edit]

Despite a 26-22 finish good for second place in the overall standings, the Dragons did not qualify for the playoffs because they did not win either the first-half title (won by the Springfield Sliders) or the second-half title (won by the Danville Dans).

2009 season[edit]

The 2009 season will be the Dragons' first as a member of the Prospect League.

Drafted alumni[edit]

A comprehensive list of all players taken in previous Major League Baseball drafts, who are currently playing professional baseball:

Year Drafted Round Team Player Position School
2006 15 Colorado Rockies Victor Ferrante Outfield Solano Community College
2007 5 Seattle Mariners Joe Dunigan Outfield University of Oklahoma
2007 15 Florida Marlins Ryan Anetsberger Infield Illinois State University
2007 16 Philadelphia Phillies Brian Schlitter RHP College of Charleston
2007 17 Cleveland Indians Miles Morgan RHP Texas Tech University
2007 29 Arizona Diamondbacks Omar Arif LHP Texas Christian University
2007 31 Los Angeles Angels Derek Schlecker RHP Western Michigan University
2007 48 Oakland Athletics Adam Klein Outfield California State University, Los Angeles

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