Quick update on ’06 Cougar Jared Lansford. The right-hander has been signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers to a minor league deal. Lansford is a familiar name to Cougars fans for a variety of reasons. First off, the much-heralded prospect who was drafted in ’05 by Oakland made a big impression after arriving at Kane County in 2006. On May 14, Lansford threw a 7-inning no-hitter against Beloit. At the time, it was the fifth no-hitter in franchise history (two additional no-hitters have been hurled since then for a total of seven).
Lansford was named a Midwest League All-Star that season, going 11-6 from the bump and posting a 2.86 ERA in 18 starts. Beyond Kane County, Lansford advanced as high as Triple-A Sacramento in the A’s system.
Lansford’s older brother Josh also spent time at Kane County as a pitcher in 2010 after converting from third base. If the last name sounds familiar, it should be. Their dad is Carney Lansford, who enjoyed a nice career in the big leagues.
Here’s hoping a change of scenery does Jared well. The ’06 team was one of the most talented squads in recent memory for Cougars fans. A total of six players from that season’s team has made the major leagues including Jeff Baisley, Anthony Recker and Vin Mazzaro, among others.