Tony played his college ball at Stanford University, where he is ranked fourth on the school’s all-time saves list (15). The Highland Park native received Honorable Mention All Pac-10 honors in 1999, when he posted a record of 7-3 with a 3.18 ERA. The 6 foot-2 inch 205-pound southpaw was a 12th round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 1999. After spending two years in the Royals’ minor league system, Cogan made his Major League debut on Opening Day 2001 at Yankee Stadium.
In a true “trial-by-fire,” Cogan entered the game in relief of Jeff Suppan against Roger Clemens in front of 55,000 fans. Cogan went on to make 39 Major League appearances where he went 0-4 with a 5.84 ERA. He finished the 2001 season in Triple-A Omaha, where he posted a 2.79 ERA over 9.2 innings.