Francis Gomez who played for the Cougars back in 2003, the first year as a Oakland affiliate, was shot to death in the Dominican Republic over the weekend. He played second base when he was in Kane County.
In that season he hit .265 in 128 games with 128 hits, 18 doubles three triples and five homers. He drove in 53 runs. Francis also had 21 stolen bases. Before coming to Kane County he started out in baseball as a 18 years old playing for the Athletics Dominican League team. In 2000 he came to America and played for the Arizona Athletcis. In that year he hit .355 in 17 games.
After that he played in Visalia, California. He hit 234 in 120 games. The next year he went down to short season Vancouver and also played in the Arizona League. After playing in Kane County he spent the 2004 season in both Midland and Sacramento in the A's system.
In 2003 he was the Cougars second baseman in the playoff series against the Clinton Lumberkings. In the three games he hit .364 with four hits in eleven at bats.
Francis was born on September 2nd, 1981 in La Romana, Dominican Republic. He was killed in his hometown of La Romana. originally a non drafted free agent signed by Oakland on December 5th, 1998.