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The Kane County Cougars in conjunction with the Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that outfielder Alek Thomas has been promoted to Advanced-A Visalia while the Cougars have received outfielder and No 2. overall prospect Kristian Robinson from Short-A Hillsboro.
The moves maintain an active roster of 25 players for the Cougars while Robinson is expected to make his debut with the Cougars during this seven-game homestand, Aug. 3-9.
Thomas, a local product from nearby Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, was a fan-favorite during his time with the Cougars for many reasons. He led the Cougars in multiple categories throughout the season including home runs, RBI and runs scored earning him a spot on the 2019 Midwest League All-Star Team.
Before receiving his promotion to Visalia, he was batting .312 with 63 runs scored and 48 RBI. He is currently listed as the D-backs No. 1 prospect by MLB.com.
The highly touted Robinson, a native of Nassau, Bahamas is currently ranked as the D-Backs No. 2 prospect by MLB.com at just 18 years old. He was recently named to the 2019 Northwest League All-Star roster and starting lineup.
Prior to his promotion, he led all Hops players with a .319 batting average, nine home runs, 35 RBI and 14 stolen bases. It’s that combination of speed and power that makes him such a promising player as he moves up the ranks in the D-backs system.
An updated roster is embedded below.
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About the Kane County Cougars
The Cougars, Class-A Minor League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, have been at the forefront of family-friendly entertainment since 1991. In 2015, the franchise became the first Class-A team in Minor League Baseball history to welcome 11 million fans through the gates.
A total of 180 former Cougars have reached the Major Leagues including Miguel Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras.