Kane County Cougars unofficial roster
Ryan Jenkins The Royals 17th round pick last season out of Auburn. He will play with his college teammate Brian Fletcher to start the year. He hit .273 with a .333 obp for the B- Royals after he signed.
Travis Jones Jones has a lot of natural power and once beat Eric Hosmer in a HR hitting contest in HS. He was taken in the 50th round out of HS in Tucson in 2008. Last season he played mostly for Idaho Falls with a brief look at Wilmington. He batted .260 with a .313 OBP and 3 HR in 154 at bats.
1B Murray Watts Big Country Watts stands about 6’7 and can hit a ball a long way when he gets into one. He hit 14 HR in 251 at bats after being taken in the 28th round last season
2B Yowill Espinal 20 year old Dominican played mostly 2B last season but has played more games in his brief minor league career at SS. He has a career slash line of .246/.308/.357/.665 with 40 SB in 658 at bats
SS Angel Franco The soon to be 21 year old Dominican middle infielder did not play last season
3B Fernando Cruz The 21 year old returns to the midwest league where he hit .221 in 376 at bats as the Bees primary 3B last season. He has just 4 HR in 943 at bats.
INF Ryan Stovall The Royals 19th round pick in 2009 batted a combined .277 with 4 HR in 318 at bats last season with a .326 OBP
INF Gerard Hall Signed as a NDFA out of Old Dominion…the Switch hitting infielder played 2B and SS for the Bees last year hitting .224 with 3 HR and 19 SB
Brett Eibner #11 prospect
I loved this kids arm at Arkansas. A RH power arm that easily threw in the mid 9â€²sâ€¦as a hitter he was struggling as a sophomore when I saw him for the first time. But, Â I guarantee any reliable Razorback fan will tell you that they knew he could hit a bomb at any moment. Often, he did it in a big situation including a dramatic HR in the college world series. He has always wanted to be a hitter and this lead to him going to Fayetteville instead of the Houston Astros organization because they would not let him continue hitting. I like Eibner in CF and his arm is a plus arm that plays well in RF, as well. Any scout will tell you that finding a RH power bat, a fine SS, a solid C, and a reliable CF is not easy. The Royals have the RH power bat in Eibner and if he stays in CF they have killed 2 birds with one stone. He will strike out a lot as most aggressive swingers will but I donâ€™t think he will be allergic to the walk either. I am predicting a Gorman Thomas type peak career for him (with a better .AVG because times are different)
Brian Fletcher The son of former big league infielder Scott Fletcher. He has a lot of power hitting 22 jacks in his last season at Auburn before the Royals took him in the 18th round.He got just 16 at bats after signing but hit 2 home runs.
Geulin Beltre The 20 year old Dominican was the talk of the AZ league when I was media at the end of the 2008 season. He has struggled since that time and carries a .221 .avg with a .279 obp while hitting just 11 HR in 553 at bats in his pro career. He has also struck out 151 times.
Alex Llanos The Royals 6th round pick in 2008 from Puerto Rico is just 20 years old. He hit .259 with a .308 obp for the Burlington Royals last summer in 232 at bats. He stole 17 bases in 25 attempts
Keaton Hayenga Keaton looks to return to the mound this year and improve on a forgettable 2010. I think he can do it…one of my favorite guys in the system and a kid that is blessed with a great family…Keaton should fit into the middle of the Kougar rotation.
Crawford Simmons #33 prospect-This will be Â a big year for the LHP from Georgia. His velocity went down a bit last season but I have been told he put in some serious time in the off season and should be closer to 90 this season. he knows how to pitch and could re-emerge as a top prospect throughout the summer.
Chas Byrne The Royals 16th round pick in 2010 had a fine 1st summer with the Royals as he was 1-1 with a 1.99 e.r.a in 41 IP all out of the bullpen. He struck out 48 and walked just 10 batters.
Matt Mitchell The 14th round pick in 2097 is 2 years removed from TJ surgery. He was 1-9 with a 5.60 e.r.a for the Bees last season
Leonel Santiago The 21 year old Dominican has been in the organization since he was 17. He has a career mark of 12-9 with a 3.49 e.r.a in 232 innings with 199 k’s and just 66 walks.He has a chance to be the ace of this staff
Sugar Ray Marimon The very lean RHP from Cartegena, Columbia was 2-6 with a 5.91 e.r.a in 14 gs for the Bees last season
Leondy Perez The Dominican RHP has been in the organization for 3 seasons and has a career mark of 6-13 with a 4.23 e.r.a and 183 strike outs in 172 innings. He performed for the Chukars last summer.
Nick Wooley The former William Woods University (outside St.Louis) pitcher is 5-8 with a 5.69 e.r.a in parts of 2 seasons with the organization. He was the clubs 12th round pick in 2009.
Jonathon Keck The Left hander Royals 42nd round pick out of Bethel college in 2009 stands 6’6 pitcher was 3-3 with a 4.68 e.r.a for the Burlington Royals last summer
Mitch Hodge The Royals 4th round pick in 2007 out of Prince of Wales in Vancouver, BV has been used as a RP since he was drafted. He was 0-2 with a 6.34 e.r.a last season for the Burlington Bees
Greg Billo A very smart pitcher that won’t blow anyone away with velocity but he continuously gets guys out because he knows how to pitch. The son of a HS pitching coach makes his full season debut after pithing for the Idaho Falls Chukars last season where he was 4-8 with a 5.17 e.r.a but 79 K in 78 IP.
Chase Boruff Was signed as a NDFA last summer out of Carson-Newman college where he had started his collegiate career as a football player. The 6’2 RHP pitched in 6 games for the AZL Royals after signing
Dusty Odenbach- The former UCONN pitcher was 8-1o with a 5.21 e.r.a for the Burlington Bees last summer
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