Who’s the most under-the-radar former Cougar to have made an Opening Day roster for each of the past 5 seasons?
It has to be ’05 Cougar Travis Buck.
Buck cracked the Opening Day roster with the A’s from 2007-10, and came out of last year’s camp with the Indians after being signed as a non-roster invitee.
“I know I’m one good year away from something big,” Buck told MLB.com. “I have all the confidence in my abilities that I will make the club. I’ve been on five Opening Day rosters the last five years, and that wasn’t by default. I earned my way on there, and now it’s just a matter of earning another spot this year and staying up there the whole year, which I haven’t done in a while.”
Buck was drafted 36th overall in the ’05 draft and ended that summer in Geneva, batting .341 in 32 games. That team, if Cougars fans remember, missed out on the Midwest League Playoffs in the final game of the regular season.
The good news is that Buck can play all 3 outfield positions and is a left-handed bat.
Here’s hoping Buck (officially #88 in the list of former Cougars who have reached the bigs) can make it 6 straight years on an Opening Day roster and enjoy a great 2012 season.