Say Hello to your Friendly Neighborhood RailCat

Last week, OMDQ wrote a piece about the former MLB players who are hanging around the Independent leagues. That inspired the Gary RailCats to tell us about their successes in that area. We received the following email touting Tony Cogan and the rest of the RailCats roster:

“Tony Cogan is our only current RailCats player with Major League
experience, but currently we have two players that used to be RailCats
that our on Major League rosters. Relief pitcher Tim Byrdak recently got
picked up by the Houston Astros, while outfielder Nathan Haynes
currently plays for the Tampa Bay Rays. If you need more information let
me know.”

TONY COGAN: LHP

HT: 6’2″

WT: 210

B/T: L/L

HOMETOWN: Highland Park, IL

BORN: December 21, 1976

COLLEGE: Stanford University

ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent, March 1, 2007.
HONORS: Holds the school record at Stanford for most games pitched in a
season (36 in 1997) and is tied for fifth on the school’s all-time
career saves list.selected as Stanford’s Most Inspirational Player in
1999, the year after RailCats shortstop Jay Pecci won the award at the
same school.

2007: Led the Northern League in saves with 25, setting a new RailCats
single-season club record in the process.The 25 saves tied for the third
highest total in the history of the Northern League and was the most for
any N.L. pitcher since 2004.Also pitched in the Northern League All-Star
Game in July.Earned four saves in the post-season while suffering a loss
in his only decision.Enjoyed high comfort level at the Steel Yard,
limiting opposing batters to a combined batting average of .193 while
posting an ERA of 1.61.Saw 41.1 of his 48.2 innings in either the ninth
inning or extra innings of games.At his best in the tightest spots.
Opposing batters went a combined 6 for 42 (.143) against him with men on
base and two outs.Got off to an outstanding start, posting six saves and
a win in May (RailCats played only 14 games in the month) and allowed
runs in only two of his first 15 outings.Notched 11 saves in August,
allowing just three runs in 15 games (14
innings) for the month.

CAREER NOTES: Spent most of the 2001 season in the major leagues with
the Kansas City Royals, making 39 appearances out of the Royals
bullpen.reached the major leagues in just his third season of
professional baseball after being selected in the 12th round of the 1999
draft by the Royals.Ranked fourth in the American Association in ERA in
2006.played out his option with Sioux Falls and elected free agency
following the 2006 season.Product of Stanford University, where he was a
teammate of RailCats shortstop Jay Pecci.Holds the school record at
Stanford for most games pitched in a season
(36 in 1997) and is tied for fifth on the school’s all-time career saves
list.Selected as Stanford’s Most Inspirational Player in 1999, the year
after Pecci won the award at the same school.Native of Highland Park,
Illinois and threw three no-hitters during his career at Highland Park
High School.

Thanks to Jack Cobra of Cobra Brigade for getting us in touch with the RailCats HQ.

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