GENEVA, Ill. – Augusta University baseball alum Cole Thompson (2015-16) was promoted to the Kane County Cougars, a Class-A Minor League Baseball team, affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Geneva, Ill.
Thompson signed with the Hillsboro Hops out of Hillsboro, Ore., in late June and played seven games from June 15 to July 3 in the Class-A Short Season. He hit .321 in 28 at bats with nine hits, three doubles and three RBI. Thompson posted a .429 slugging percentage and scored three runs for the Hops.
The Kane County Cougars were founded in 1991 and are the only MLB-affiliated minor league team located in the Chicagoland area. In 2014, the Cougars captured their second Midwest League Championship, and set a team record with 91 regular-season wins.
The Cougars play their home games at Northwestern Medicine Field. The Cougars are perennially among the league leaders in attendance and set a record of 523,222 fans in 2001 On July 20, 2013 the Cougars became the first Class A team to attract 10 million total fans.
Thompson (Macon, Ga.) was a starting catcher for the Jaguars for two seasons from 2015 to 2016 after he joined the squad as a junior transfer from Middle Georgia College.
Thompson hit .327 with 55 hits, a team-best 41 RBI, and 37 runs in his 46 games played as a senior in 2016. The starting catcher for Augusta, he was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Hitter of the Week and the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week in 2016. His first season in the PBC in 2015, Thompson threw out the most runners (15) in the league and hit .306 for the year.
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