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Arizona Cowboys

Founded in 2012

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Affiliations
League Bull League
Subleague Metropolitan 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 Phoenix, Arizona. The team plays in the Metropolitan League (ML) 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 2018 was 235-375 (.385).[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 Tak-keung Yang 373 2018 Bill Sarauer 1,620
Runs Tak-keung Yang 89 2018 Bill Sarauer 193
Hits Tak-keung Yang 129 2012 Bill Sarauer 442
Doubles Tsuruo Yoshioka
Bill Sarauer
25 2013
2014
Bill Sarauer 109
Triples Kochi Masuda 8 2018 Joe Kueppers 9
Home runs Tak-keung Yang 42 2018 Bill Sarauer 49
Runs batted in Tak-keung Yang 93 2018 Bill Sarauer 234
Stolen bases Antonio Nicolle 17 2017 Alexis Rosa 32
Earned runs average Aaron Reed 3.58 2015 Barry Requiem 4.66
Wins 4 tied 8 Junior Strong 24
Losses Robby McWeeney
Junior Strong
12 2017
2017
Junior Strong 43
Saves Chris Soundgarden
Jaylen Carlier
18 2016
2018
Chris Soundgarden 31
Games pitched Jaylen Carlier 38 2015 Adam Atom
Junior Strong
88
Games started Junior Strong
Robbie McWeeney
21 2017
2018
Junior Strong 88
Complete games Junior Strong
Roberto Cuebas
Robby McWeeney
3 2015
2012
2017
Junior Strong 6
Shutouts 5 tied 1 Junior Strong
Alex Orellana
2
Innings pitched Junior Strong 141.2 2018 Junior Strong 579.2
Strikeouts Robby McWeeney 152 2018 Junior Strong 397

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
Rookie Hollywood Cowboys Florida Rookie League Hollywood, Florida

References

  1. Arizona Cowboys, History Team Index. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/team_58_index.html. Accessed: 19 September 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.