Pair of former Cougars named MLB All-Stars

Sunday’s roster announcement for the Major League All-Star Game includes two former Kane County Cougars as San Diego pitcher Huston Street, along with Detroit infielder Miguel Cabrera, were selected to the National League and American League squads, respectively.

This year’s game, to be held by the Cougars’ parent club, the Kansas City Royals on July 10, will be the 16th straight Major League All-Star Game to include at least one former Cougar. Here’s a capsule look at both 2012 Major League All-Stars who wore Cougars jerseys as minor league prospects.

P Huston Street – San Diego Padres. Street will make his first Major League All-Star Game appearance, and is the Padres’ lone representative on the N.L. squad. This season, the right-handed closer is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 11 saves. An eight-year big league veteran, Street has converted 189 of 227 career save opportunities.

“It’s the Midsummer Classic, I grew up watching it. It’s overwhelming, I don’t think it’s sunk in yet,” Street said before Sunday’s game at Coors Field against the Rockies.

As a Cougar – In ’04, Street was 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 9 games for the Cougars.

San Diego pitcher Huston Street was named to the Major League All-Star Game on Sunday. The ’04 Cougar is approaching 200 career big league saves.

3B Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers. Despite being only 29 years old, this is Cabrera’s seventh All-Star Game selection. Cabrera entered Sunday batting .315 with 16 home runs and 62 RBIs, numbers that put him at the forefront of AL third basemen.

As a Cougar – In ’01, Cabrera batted .268 with seven home runs and 66 RBI to help bring Kane County its first-ever Midwest League championship that season. 

Former Cougars as MLB All-Stars

 2011 – Josh Beckett , Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier

2010 – Andrew Bailey, Miguel Cabrera, Trevor Cahill, Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez

2009 – Andrew Bailey, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez

2008 – Ryan Dempster, Adrian Gonzalez

2007 – Josh Beckett, Miguel Cabrera

2006 –Miguel Cabrera, Edgar Renteria

2005 – Miguel Cabrera, Luis Castillo, Scott Podsednik, Dontrelle Willis

2004 – Miguel Cabrera, Edgar Renteria

2003 – Luis Castillo, Edgar Renteria, Dontrelle Willis

2002 – Luis Castillo, Randy Winn

2001 – Charles Johnson

2000 – Ryan Dempster, Edgar Renteria

1999 – Alex Gonzalez

1998 – Edgar Renteria

1997 – Charles Johnson

About Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars are the Class-A Affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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