Kane County Cougars

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Kane County Cougars
Founded in 1991
Geneva, Illinois
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Class-A[1]
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League (1991–present)
Division Western 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
Nickname Kane 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 Manager Curtis 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Roster[edit]

Kane County Cougars roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 11 Abraham Almonte
  • 23 Jeff Bain
  • 26 Anfernee Benitez
  • 25 Matt Brill
  • -- Jorge Despaigne ‡
  •  7 Erbert Gonzalez
  • 22 Mack Lemieux
  •  9 Kevin McCanna
  • 32 Jayson McKinley
  • 21 Matt Peacock
  • 18 Brian Shaffer
  • 38 Cole Stapler
  • 44 Breckin Williams
  • 10 Jake Winston

Catchers

  • 12 Jose Herrera
  •  6 Tim Susnara

Infielders

Outfielders

  • 17 Ernie De La Trinidad
  • 14 Luis Silverio
  • 33 Stephen Smith


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 April 8, 2018
Transactions
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Arizona Diamondbacks minor league players

Team affiliations[edit]

Level Team League Location
Major League Arizona Diamondbacks National League Phoenix, Arizona
AAA Reno Aces Pacific Coast League Reno, Nevada
AA Mobile BayBears Southern League Mobile, Alabama
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

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable franchise alumni with the Decatur Commodores and the Wausau Timbers:[8]

  • Miguel Cabrera (2001) 10 x MLB All-Star; 4 × AL Batting Champion (2011–2013, 2015);2 × AL Home Run Leader (2008, 2012);2 × AL RBI Leader (2010, 2012);2 × AL MVP (2012, 2013); 2012 AL Triple Crown
  • Dontrelle Willis (2002) 2 x MLB All-Star; 2003 NL Rookie of the Year
  • Huston Street (2004) 2 x MLB All-Star; 2005 AL Rookie of the Year
  • Andrew Bailey (2007) 2 x MLB All-Star; 2009 AL Rookie of the Year

References[edit]

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