Cougars Players Tearing Up the Big League

The alumni news for the Kane County Cougars includes the American League Player of the Week.

Kane County Cougars alumns are off to a great start in Major League Baseball so far in this early season.

Minnesota outfielder Josh Willingham (’01) was named American League Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .455 with three home runs. His .419 average is tops in the AL.

Arizona pitcher Trevor Cahill (’07) won his first game as a Diamondback on Sunday, a game that featured 45 MPH wind gusts and a wind chill of 33 degrees in Colorad

Boston pitcher Josh Beckett (’00) opened the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park in fine fashion on Friday, picking up the win while scattering six hits over eight inning

Milwaukee shortstop Alex Gonzalez (‘96) smacked a home run in his return to Atlanta last Frida

Philadelphia pitcher Joe Blanton (’04) returned to the mound as a Phillies starter for the first time since last May on Thursday, allowing three hits over seven inning

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier (’03) has 15 RBI, second-best in the NL behind teammate Matt Kemp.

A pair of former Cougars are batting better than .300 at Triple-A Sacramento: Jermaine Mitchell (’07) is batting at a .313 clip while Stephen Parker (’09) is batting .30

Dan Straily (’10) has posted a 1.86 ERA in two starts at Double-A Midlan

Greg Billo (’11) is 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA in two starts at Class-A Advanced Wilmington; fellow starter Jason Adam (’11) has allowed one earned run in two starts at Wilmingto

Pitcher Bo Schultz (’10) is 3-for-3 in save situations at Class-A  Advanced Visalia, an Arizona affiliat

Jeff Baisley (’06) has two home runs in 11 games at Triple-A Albuquerque, a Dodgers farm tea

Jason Christian (’08-’10) opened the season at Class-A Advanced Bakersfield, a Reds affiliat

Mickey Storey (’09) opened the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, a Houston affiliate and has made four relief appearances.

(Statistics through games played on April 15.)


This story is courtesy of the Kane County Cougars.


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