Lansford, the Midwest League leader with eleven wins to his credit, was drafted by the A’s in the second round of the 2005 draft. The righty spent the 2005 season with the Arizona A’s before joining the Cougars this season.
Rated by Baseball America as one of the A’s top prospects, Lansford made 18 appearances on the mound, including two complete games, with the Cougars earning a 2.86 ERA with an 11-6 record.
Lansford, the son of former A’s third baseman Carney, threw the fifth no hitter in Cougars history on May 14 in Beloit and went 5-0 with a 1.42 ERA in July. Lansford was named the Cougars Pitcher of the Month in May and the MinorLeagueBaseball.com Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 8-14.
Durost was selected by Milwaukee Brewers in 28th Round (819th overall) of 2003 amateur entry draft and spent three years with the organization. Following his time with the Brewers organization, Durost played with the independent Schaumburg Flyers before returning to the ranks of affiliated baseball in early July when he signed with the A’s. The righty spent the first month of his professional career in the Oakland system at High-A Stockton where he appeared in seven games with a 3-1 record and a 4.09 ERA.
The Cougars, currently in sole possession of first place in the Western Division of the Midwest League, complete a four-game series tonight against the Peoria Chiefs, Class A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The Cougars will go for a sweep as lefty pitcher and Streamwood native Joe Piekarz takes to the mound.
The team will travel to Clinton, Iowa on Thursday for a four-game stint against the Lumberkings before retuning to Geneva on Monday, August 14 to kickoff an eight-game homestand split between the West Michigan Whitecaps and the Cedar Rapids Kernels.