A former hitting coach and brother of a current major-league player was named the new manager of the Kane County Cougars on Tuesday.
Vince Harrison, older brother of current free-agent big-leaguer Josh Harrison (who played for the 2008-09 Peoria Chiefs), takes the helm of the Cougars after serving as the team’s hitting coach in 2015 on the staff of then-manager Mark Grudzielanek. Last year he was the hitting coach for the Double-A Jackson Generals, who won the Southern League championship title. The former infielder played nine seasons in the minor leagues — five with MLB-affiliated teams (mostly in the Rays organization) and four in independent leagues.
Harrison’s staff includes pitching coach Mike Parrott, hitting coach Micah Franklin, and coach Carlos Mesa.
This is Parrott’s 23rd year with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. The former Seattle Mariners pitcher spent the last three seasons as a coach for the Hillsboro Hops, Arizona’s short-season affiliate in the Northwest League.
Franklin made his debut as a hitting coach for Hillsboro last year, his second in the D-backs organization. The former outfielder played 12 seasons in the minor leagues and four seasons in Asia. He played 17 games at the major-league level, batting .324 with two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals.
This will be Mesa’s second season on the Cougars coaching staff. The former outfielder played five years in the minor leagues for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox.