Grey Named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week

Threw first perfect in the history of the Cougars organization, September 1

Connor Grey working in the 9th inning against the Clinton LumberKings on September 1 (Katrina Rose)

By Jacquie Boatman / Kane County Cougars | September 6, 2017 11:59 AM ET

GENEVA, Ill. - Kane County Cougars pitcher Connor Grey has been named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for August 28-September 4, the league announced on Tuesday.

Grey pitched a perfect game for the Cougars on Friday, September 1, retiring all 27 batters faced with exactly 100 pitches including eight strikeouts. Not only was Friday the first time a Cougars pitcher has thrown a perfect game, but it was also the first by an Arizona Diamondbacks Minor Leaguer and the first by a Midwest League pitcher since 2004.

Selected in the 20th round of the 2016 Draft, Grey attended St. Bonaventure University in New York where he set the single-season strikeout record, fanning 95 batters in 92 innings of work during the 2016 season. The right-hander earned Pioneer League mid-season All-Star Honors as a member of the Missoula Osprey last season.

The Cougars begin their post-season run tonight as they open the open the best-of-three series on the road against the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Perfect Game Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM. Game two will take place at Northwestern Medicine Field on Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 PM and a third "if necessary" game would also take place at home on Friday evening at 6:30 PM. Kane County is looking to bring home their first Midwest League Championship since 2014, vying for the third league championship in franchise history.

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


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