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Arizona Cowboys

Founded in 2012

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Affiliations
League Bull League
Subleague American Eagle League
Division West
Team Info
Name Arizona Cowboys (2012-present)

Other nicknames Vaqueros


Colors Mesa red, twilight blue, sky blue, white

                   

Owner Mike Maron
Ballpark
Ballpark Cowboy Stadium



The Arizona Cowboys are an American Bull League professional baseball team based in Mesa, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. The team plays in the American Eagle League (AEL) West division.

The Cowboys name recalls the history of Arizona, which has a long history in America's "Old West" in towns such as Tombstone, and historic places such as the Apache Trail. The team was established as part of the 2012 league expansion.

The team all-time win-loss record at the end of 2017 was 191-319 (.375).[1]

History

The Arizona Cowboys were formed in 2012, when the Bull League expanded from 16 to 20 teams. Since first joining the league, they have finished in last (5th) place in their division each year except for their first year, when they finished 4th.

In February 2017, Kyle Bullen took the reigns as General Manager and manager. He was let go before the season began, and after the 2017 season Kevin Norris was hired.

General Managers

Arizona Cowboys General Managers
Years Name Record Notes
2014–2017 Matt Johnson 130-216, .375 Spent 2017 as Assistant GM
2017 Kyle Bullen 0-0, .000 Released before season started
2018 Kevin Norris 3-7, .300 Norris was briefly GM during spring and the first week of 2018 before being replaced by assistant GM Chris Meadows
2018-Present Chris Meadows 0-0, .000 Meadows started 2018 off as the assistant GM, but took over when Norris stepped down in May

Opening Day Rosters

Year Record C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF
2012[2] 33-49 Jakob Lerner Bryan Helstrom Thomas Broadbeck Don Belding Gregoire Martel Shun Kamamoto Antonio Cisneros Tsuruo Yoshioka
2013[2] 28-54 Bill Sarauer Juan Abinader Thomas Broadbeck Vincent Rae Gregoire Martel Josh Alderman Dave Ekdar Tsuruo Yoshioka
2014[2] 35-47 Bill Sarauer Juan Abinader Yong-jun Jahng Francisco Delgado Gregoire Martel Hikoo Okimoto Sam Chute Tsuruo Yoshioka
2015[2] 29-53 Bill Sarauer Juan Abinader Devin Thomas Yong-jun Jahng Hiroshige Tanaka Antonio Cisneros Sam Chute Tsuruo Yoshioka
2016[2] 34-48 Bill Sarauer Juan Abinader Victor Quintero Ramon Gomez Hiroshige Tanaka Josh Alderman Sam Chute Nate Mair
2017[2] 32-68 Bill Sarauer Juan Abinader Jim Read Antonio Nicolle Joe Kueppers Koji Kondo Alexis Rosa Nate Mair

Notable Players

In 2012, right fielder Tsuruo Yoshioka won the Rookie of the Year Award while playing with Arizona. That year he played 80 games, batted .321, had 10 home runs and 41 RBIs.

Awards and other achievements

Team Records

For career hitting percentage records, 543 plate appearances are required. For career pitching percentage records, 175 innings pitched are required.[3][4]

Statistic Single season record Career record
Player Record Year Player Record
Batting average Tsuruo Yoshioka .321 2012 Tsuruo Yoshioka .279
On base percentage Tsuruo Yoshioka .371 2012 Tsuruo Yoshioka .352
Slugging percentage Tsuruo Yoshioka .497 2012 Sam Chute .498
At bats Grégoire Martel 333 2014 Bill Sarauer 1,620
Runs Grégoire Martel
Bill Sarauer
46 2012
2014
Bill Sarauer 193
Hits Tsuruo Yoshioka 99 2012 Bill Sarauer 442
Doubles Tsuruo Yoshioka 25 2013 Bill Sarauer 109
Triples Joe Kueppers 6 2017 Yong-jun Jahng 8
Home runs Juan Abinader 17 2016 Bill Sarauer 49
Runs batted in Bill Sarauer 59 2013 Bill Sarauer 234
Stolen bases Antonio Nicolle 17 2017 Hiroshige Tanaka 23
Earned runs average Aaron Reed 3.58 2015 Barry Requiem 4.66
Wins Roberto Cuebas 8 2012 Junior Strong 16
Losses Robby McWeeney
Junior Strong
12 2017
Junior Strong 35
Saves Chris Soundgarden 18 2016 Chris Soundgarden 31
Games pitched John Martinez 35 2015 Adam Atom 88
Games started Junior Strong 21 2017 Junior Strong 68
Complete games Junior Strong
Roberto Cuebas
Robby McWeeney
3 2015
2012
2017
Junior Strong
Ken Saunders
5
Shutouts 4 players tied 1 Junior Strong 2
Innings pitched Robby McWeeney 133.0 2017 Junior Strong 438.0
Strikeouts Aaron Reed 123 2015 Junior Strong 290

Minor League Affiliations

Level Team League Location
AAA San Antonio Stallions Cow League San Antonio, Texas
AA Saginaw Horsemen Heifer League Saginaw, Michigan
A Yuma Hedghogs Calf League Yuma, Arizona
Short Season A CFB Trenton Arrows Milk League Trenton, Ontario

References

  1. Arizona Cowboys, History Team Index. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/team_58_index.html. Accessed: 7 May 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Arizona Cowboys positional chart. Bull News Network. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/team_58_starters_positional.html. Accessed: 28 December 2018.
  3. Arizona Cowboys: Batting Leaders. Bull News Network. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/team_58_batting_leaders.html. Accessed: 28 December 2017.
  4. Arizona Cowboys: Pitching Leaders. Bull News Network. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/team_58_pitching_leaders.html. Accessed: 28 December 2017.