The Kane County Cougars have extended their player development contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks through the 2018 season, the clubs announced Thursday.
The 2015 season was Kane County’s first as a D-backs affiliate. The Cougars posted an 84-54 record and won the Western Division second-half title last year before being knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. A Cougar from the 2015 season, LHP Zac Curtis, reached the major-league level earlier this year, making 14 relief appearances before being sent back to the minor leagues.
The Cougars have a 37-47 overall record this season (33-37 in the first half).
Some comments from the Cougars’ press release regarding the PDC extension:
Cougars owner Dr. Bob Froehlich: “Today’s announcement is great news for our entire organization as well as our loyal fans. We have developed a wonderful relationship with the D-backs organization over the past two seasons which has helped to maintain both a high on-field product as well as our commitment to community involvement.”
Diamondbacks Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations De Jon Watson: “The Arizona Diamondbacks are excited to extend our relationship with the Kane County Cougars. We value the relationship we have with the organization and are thankful for the first-class facility and hospitality that the fans in Geneva provide our players. We look forward to working with the outstanding ownership group in Kane County for many years to come.”
Cougars Vice President and General Manager Curtis Haug: “We are thankful to the D-backs for their commitment to our organization. We’ve created some great relationships over the past two years and we look forward to bigger and better things for years to come.”
The Cougars are the second Midwest League team in the last month to extend their PDC. Two weeks ago, the South Bend Cubs announced their PDC extension with the Chicago Cubs.