Baisley Named MWL MVP

Geneva, IL – Kane County Cougars third baseman Jeff Baisley has earned All-Star recognition for the second time this season, as the Midwest League announced today the 2006 Midwest League Post Season All-Star roster.

Baisley also becomes the third player in Cougars history to earn honors as the Midwest League Most Valuable Player, joining the ranks of Florida Marlin Jason Stokes (1B, 2002) and San Diego Padre Adrian Gonzalez (1B, 2001).

Baisley was selected by the A's in the 12th round of the June 2005 free agent draft after batting .356 with 71 RBI during his senior season at the University of South Florida. The Tampa native spent his first professional season with the Vancouver Canadians where he batted .252 with 38 RBI to his credit.

He joined the Cougars at the start of the 2006 season and led the team to the first half wildcard with a league-leading 58 RBI and 12 home runs. Baisley was named the Cougars Offensive player of the Month for April and May as well as the Midwest League Player of the Week twice in May after becoming the fourth Cougar in franchise history to hit three home runs in one game on May 25 during a 16-game hitting streak.

After starting at third base in the Midwest League All-Star Game in the Quad Cities on June 20, Baisley returned to Kane County and remained in the Midwest League Top 10 Batters with a .308 average, 21 home runs and 102 RBI to his credit. Baisley is currently ranked second in the league with a .533 slugging percentage and third with 33 doubles and 55 extra-base hits. The righty has also made Cougars history placing fifth in home runs and RBI and eighth in batting average with twelve games remaining in the regular season.

The first-place Cougars begin a two-game series against the Burlington Bees tonight in Kane County before taking to the road on Saturday. The team returns to Geneva on September 1 to finish the fight for the second-half Midwest League Championship as they take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels before playoffs begin on September 6 with the first home playoff game on September 7.

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