Kane County Cougar Photos 6/2

Here are a few of the pictures my wife Stacey took during the game on June 2nd.  I also wrote a long recap for this game with my thoughts on Albert Almora, the home plate collision involving Willson Contreras, and the rest of the team and the game that day.

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    Thanks to your wife for taking the time out to give us quality pics of these players. I can't even get my lady to stop buying shoes online and watch the game when we go, let alone take pictures. How do you do it John!!! :)

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Haha! Thanks for the kind words. She loves going to minor league games -- not so much MLB games, especially the Cubs (she's a Sox fan, of course). It's a small digital camera but she does a great job with it. She's never been a photog but I think it's developing into a hobby for her.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Stacey has skills. My fiance is a photog and she'll tell you to get that kind of quality out of a small digital camera take steady hands and good focus. I couldn't even tell in most of those pics. She's good.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Thanks Marcel. I tried using the camera and I kept missing. I'd get the side of someone's head, half the time. So appreciate here skills and I'll make sure you and other readers here do as well.

  • Intresting that Almora writes left handed.

  • Interesting that Almora writes left handed.

  • In reply to Holy Cattle:

    Nice observation. That didn't even occur to me. Good eye!

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    In reply to Holy Cattle:

    I also write left-handed but throw/hit right-handed. It takes the body bit longer to coordinate the change in dominant hands and creates balance issues on the field but once you get used to it becomes natural. Usually done at an early age. It is rare though.

  • Yeah, I thought the same thing. I've never been to a minor league game. Surprised at how nice the stadium looked, number of fans in the stands, etc. Was even surprised at how nice the minor league unis were. I need to catch a game before these guys get promoted to Daytona.

    I assume parking and ticket prices are reasonable. Could I get two tickets and park for less than $50?

    Thanks for posting.

  • In reply to Roscoe Village:

    ticket prices range from $12 for box seats, $10 for reserved seats and $8 for lawn seats. I went last year and I think parking was $5. Also I think they have half price days and seniors get in for half price. Check out their web page.

  • In reply to Roscoe Village:

    I think everyone answered this for me. I can tell you I always go with my wife and we have yet to spend $50 combined at a game.

  • For $50 you can sit behind home plate, and drink 3 beers each! Parking is usually free. At least@most minor games. Very affordable.

  • In reply to plymkr:

    Thank you.

  • Good pictures of numerous high end prospects. What's with Vogelbach manufacturing a run on the bases? Surprise or does he run faster than his body type would indicate(Rueshel)?

  • In reply to 44slug:

    He actually runs much better than you'd expect. He's not a quick burst type of runner, but once he get's it moving he will surprise you.

    I was hoping he would be a little "leaner" this year. He's made great strides since he was drafted. Ironically, his brother is a dietician and personal trainer.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Thanks. He's slow but he's an aggressive, but intelligent baserunner. I don't think he gets enough credit for his feel for the game. He saw opportunities where many runners with better speed may not have and he took advantage of it.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Thanks. He's slow but he's an aggressive, intelligent baserunner. I don't think he gets enough credit for his feel for the game. He saw opportunities where many runners with better speed may not have and he took advantage of it.

  • Very nice pictures John and yes, Stacey really is becoming quite the photog.

  • In reply to Steve Flores:

    Thanks Steve.

  • John, I'm curious how "VogelBOMB" looked defensively? I realize he's limited there, but I also think K Law may have been a little unjust in referring to him as a "step & a dive" type of range too. Any progress there? Thanks!

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    He can dive?!

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    He looked like a DH on Sat. Early in the game there was a well hit ball down the first base line that a great 1B would have dove and stopped, a decent first baseman would have dove and missed, then you have Vogelbach who didn't even react to until it passed him.

    Also, I don't think you realize how big he is until you see him next to other players his age. The guy is beefy.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    He was the DH, but I've seen him many times between AZ and Kane County. He catches what he can get to, but that isn't a whole lot. He's in there for his bat and the hope is that he can make the routine plays at 1B. I think that's realistic.

  • After the game I attend a "Meet the Players" event and I asked a couple of the guys some questions.

    First of all, Almora is out of this world. Super smart, gets a ton of respect from his teammates, funny, talk to you like you've known him for years, down to earth and totally loves to play baseball. The other players came in with security and he just causally walked in with some kids. As the season goes by, I'm going to post more about him but Albert is totally my new favorite player. Sorry Ryno.

    I told Gioskar Amaya that his name is really unique. He said (in spainsh) "Yeah, it is. My parents took both their names and combined them to give me my first name." His Dad's name is Oscar and I don't remember his Mom's name.

    I asked Dillion Maples if he's pitching today and he said yes. Wished him luck and health. Cubs invested a lot in him, hope it works out.

    I told Pierce Johnson that many believe that he should be promoted. He's also super nice and will definitely do well with the media when he makes it do the big leagues. He said he was happy where he was but he'll do whatever the team wants him to do.

    Reggie Golden is the nicest of all. I was a fan of his before he got here, again and I hope he can stay healthy. He has a lot of ground to make up but hopefully he gets the chance to play every day. If I remember correctly they said he could be a 5 tool player. He does have the arm and decent speed. Not sure about his approach at the plate though. I think he goes up there thinking he's going to knock the ball out of the park. And you're right John, he is built like a full back. I did ask him if we could work out one day. hehe

    Finally, I asked Jose Rosario if he'd rather be here or in Arizona. He quickly responded "here" with a big smile on his face. He says its too hot there. Seriously Jose?! Que te pasa? I've never been to Arizona but I know I'd rather be there than here 8 months out of there year.

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    In reply to WillieG1:

    Great stuff there, Willie.

  • In reply to WillieG1:

    Golden might swing harder than anybody I've ever seen. Every time. I'm not sure this is a good thing.

  • In reply to CubsML:

    I saw Golden in his first game back with the Cougars last Wednesday in the Quad Cities. He didn't look good at the plate -- a violent swing with very little contact -- he K'd swinging twice (no fouling off pitches either), had a walk and a weak ground out to the pitcher to end the game. Looked over matched. Just one game, however -- I understand in his rehab at Extended Spring Training that he started off batting under .100 for the first month, then suddenly caught fire for the last few weeks, so he might be capable of adjusting after looking bad. Time will tell. He clearly doesn't have the kind of contact skills that Almora has. Thus far he's 2 for 11 with 5 K's in 12 plate appearances.

  • In reply to CubsML:

    He has competition from Javier Baez, but yeah, Golden aims to disintegrate the baseball with every swing.

  • In reply to WillieG1:

    Awesome stuff, Willie!

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    Thanks for the great pix. I will get to see the Kougars when they are in Beloit next month. Hope that all these players are still on the team, but suppose Almora will be moved up by that time.

  • Thanks Larry. And I like your shorthand for the Kane County Cougars -- I may have to use that!

    The way I look at Almora is that Byron Buxton, a higher draft pick and higher rated prospect, has been absolutely mashing now for 2 months in the MWL and he's still there. I think Almora will be there at least through the end of July. Maybe he gets a late call-up the way Baez did last year.

  • Shoulders looks bigger than Vogelbach!

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