Cougars Announce Field Staff for 2019 Season

Former hitting coach returns to lead Cougars

Headshots courtesy of Sarah Sachs/Arizona Diamondbacks

By Kane County Cougars | January 8, 2019 3:48 PM

GENEVA, Ill. - The Kane County Cougars, in conjunction with the organization's Major League affiliate Arizona Diamondbacks, have announced the field staff for the 2019 season. Opening Night is Thursday, April 4 against the Clinton LumberKings at Northwestern Medicine Field.

Vince Harrison has been named the 20th manager in franchise history. No stranger to the Cougars organization, he previously served as the hitting coach during the 25th anniversary season in 2015 as a part of Mark Grudzielanek's staff. The older brother of current MLB outfielder Josh Harrison, Vince returns to Kane County after serving as the hitting coach for the Double-A Jackson Generals who captured the 2018 Southern League Championship featuring many former Cougars including Gali Cribbs, Jared Miller and Justin Donatella. Throughout his career, he spent a portion of five Minor League seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets and Miami Marlins organizations.

Harrison's staff includes pitching coach Mike Parrott, hitting coach Micah Franklin, coach Carlos Mesa , along with returning athletic trainer Kelly Boyce as well as strength and conditioning coordinator Tim Queck.

Parrot comes to the Cougars for his 23rd season with the Diamondbacks after spending the last three seasons at Short-Season A Hillsboro. He pitched for parts of five season with Baltimore in 1977 and Seattle from 1978-81. Franklin is entering his third season with the D-backs as a coach after making his hitting coach debut in Hillsboro last year. Appearing in 17 games for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1997 season, Franklin went on to serve as a pro scout for the Seattle Mariners from 2014-16. Mesa returns to the Cougars for his second consecutive season as a coach and his third with the D-backs. He spent six Minor League seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2011-13) and Boston Red Sox (2014-16).

Group outings, season tickets and partial ticket packages are now on sale. Visit for more information or call 630-232-8811 to speak with a Cougars sales representative.

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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 171 former Cougars have reached the Major Leagues including Miguel Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Schwarber.


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