April 2011

This Date in Kernels Alumni History – April 30, 1940

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpghal trosky.jpgOn April 30, 1940, Hal Trosky (1931 – Cedar Rapids Bunnies) went 2-3 with two solo home runs to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 10-5 win over the Philadelphia Athletics. Trosky also walked twice in the game and scored three runs.

Hal Trosky played 11 season for the Indians and the White Sox. The Norway, IA native posted a career batting average of .302 with 228 home runs and 1012 RBI.

Trosky was part of the 1931 Cedar Rapids Bunnies squad that finished 2nd in the Mississippi Valley League with a mark of 74-52 under manager Paul Speraw. Hal hit .302 with three home runs in 164 at bats as an 18 year old.

This Date in Kernels Alumni History – April 29, 1964

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgcloninger braves.jpgOn April 29, 1964, Tony Cloninger (1959 – Cedar Rapids Braves) threw a complete game shutout while only allowing one hit and one walk to earn the victory. Cloninger struck out five as the Milwaukee Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0.

Tony Cloninger finished his career with a 113-97 mark and an ERA of 4.07 during his 12 years with the Braves, Reds and Cardinals. Regarded as a tough fireball pitcher,
Cloninger was also a dangerous power hitter. On July 3, 1966, in an Atlanta Braves’ 17-3 win over the Giants at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Cloninger helped his team’s cause with two grand slams, driving in a total of nine runs, the ninth coming on a run-scoring
single. Cloninger became the first player in the National League, and only pitcher to date, to hit two grand slams in the same game, also setting a major league record for pitchers with his nine runs batted in. After retiring, he served as a pitching coach for the Yankees and Red Sox.

Cloninger was part of the 1959 Cedar Rapids Braves team that finished in 8th place with a 53-73 under manager Alex Monchak. He posted a mark of 0-9 in 10 games with an ERA of 9.59 as an 18 year old.

The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgThe Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports
This

feature is a daily report sharing the links and news of Kernels
Alumni. Previously, we updated these throughout the day on Facebook as
they happened. I will be posting each morning to try and keep the links
as relevant and fresh as I can. If something comes across during the
day, it likely will sneak into another post. We head to Quad Cities tonight for game two of the three game series. Without
further
delay, your Harvester Links for 4/29/11:

Casey Kotchman (2002) went 2-5 with his first HR of the season in the Rays 15-3 win over the Twins in game one of their doubleheader. Sean Rodriguez (2004-05) was 1-6 and scored a run in the win. Kotchman went 2-4 and Rodriguez was 1-4 with two RBI and scored a run in the Rays 6-1 victory in game 2. Joel Peralta (2001-02) struck out one in a scoreless 8th inning in the win.

Alexi Casilla (2004-05) was 0-4 in the Twins 15-3 loss in the first game of a doubleheader.

Mike Napoli (2001-02) was 0-4 in the Rangers 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays.

Brandon Wood (2004) was 0-3 in the Pirates 5-2 loss to the Giants.

Don’t Look for Peter Bourjos (2007) to take over leadoff spots – LATimes.com

Ervin Santana (2002) trying to get on track against Rays – MLB.com

Angels Prospect Report – April 28 – AngelsWin.com

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Kernels Alumni in AA thus far in 2011

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgJust an update to the best of my knowledge and research on the Kernels
alumni who have played in a AA game thus far in the season. The year following the player name, team and affiliation is their
last year they played here in Cedar Rapids.

Eastern League

Ronnie Ray (Richmond
– SF) 2005

Southern League

Wil Ortiz (Chattanooga
– LAD) 2007

Brad Coon (Chattanooga
– LAD) 2006

Pat Corbin (Mobile
– AZ) 2010

Matt Sweeney (Montgomery – TB) 2007

Texas League

Ryan Mount (Arkansas
– LAA) 2007

Mike Trout (Arkansas
– LAA) 2010

Alberto Rosario (Arkansas
– LAA) 2008

Luis Jimenez (Arkansas
– LAA) 2010

Clay Fuller (Arkansas
– LAA) 2008

Angel Castillo (Arkansas
– LAA) 2009

Jay Brossman (Arkansas
– LAA) 2008

Darwin Perez (Arkansas
– LAA) 2009

Roberto Lopez (Arkansas
– LAA) 2009

Adam Younger (Arkansas
– LAA) 2010

David Harris (Arkansas
– LAA) 2011

Garrett Richards (Arkansas
– LAA) 2010

Orangel Arenas (Arkansas
– LAA) 2010

Trevor Reckling (Arkansas
– LAA) 2008

Chris Scholl (Arkansas
– LAA) 2009

Kyle Hurst (Arkansas
– LAA) 2010

Andrew Taylor (Arkansas
– LAA) 2009

Eddie McKiernan (Arkansas
– LAA) 2008

Robert Fish (Arkansas
– LAA) 2008

Ryan Brasier (Arkansas
– LAA) 2008

Tim Kiely (Arkansas
– LAA) 2008

Will Smith (Northwest Arkansas – KC)
2009

Joe Torres (Tulsa
– COL) 2005

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Kernels Alumni in AAA thus far in 2011

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgJust an update to the best of my knowledge and research on the Kernels alumni who have played in a AAA game thus far in the season. A few have been up and down from the bigs already and this list shows who might be next. The year following the player name, team and affiliation is their last year they played here in Cedar Rapids.

International League

Dallas McPherson
(Charlotte – CWS) 2002

Casey Kotchman (Durham
– TB) 2002

Stephen Marek (Gwinnett – ATL)
2006

Matt Brown (Rochester
– MN) 2004

Pacific Coast League

Wil Ortiz (Albuquerque – LAD)
2007

Travis Schlichting (Albuquerque – LAD)
2006

Ramon Ortiz (Iowa
– CHC) 1997

Fernando Rodriguez (Oklahoma City
– HOU) 2005

Steven Shell (Omaha
– KC) 2002

Rafael Rodriguez (Reno
– AZ) 2005

Alexi Amarista (Salt
Lake – LAA) 2009

Efren Navarro (Salt
Lake – LAA) 2008

Jeremy Moore (Salt
Lake – LAA) 2008

Tyson Auer (Salt Lake
– LAA) 2009

Erick Aybar (Salt Lake
– LAA) 2003

Chris Pettit (Salt
Lake – LAA) 2007

Andrew Romine (Salt
Lake – LAA) 2008

Trevor Bell (Salt Lake
– LAA) 2008

Amalio Diaz (Salt Lake
– LAA) 2007

Barret Browning (Salt
Lake – LAA) 2007

Jeremy Berg (Salt Lake
– LAA) 2010

Kevin Jepsen (Salt
Lake – LAA) 2003

Michael Kohn (Salt
Lake – LAA) 2009

Anthony Ortega (Salt
Lake – LAA) 2006

Manuel Flores (Salt
Lake – LAA) 2009

Bobby Cassevah (Salt
Lake – LAA) 2007

Tyler Chatwood (Salt
Lake – LAA) 2009

Mexican League

Felipe Arrendondo (Quintana Roo – Mex) 2007

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This Date in Kernels Alumni History – April 28, 1965

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgOn April 28, 1965, Rocky Colavito (1952 – Cedar Rapids Indians) went 2-3 with a home run, four RBI, three runs scored and a walk in the Indians 9-3 win over the Twins.

Colavito hit .266 in his 14 year career playing for the Indians, Tigers, Athletics, White Sox, Dodgers and Yankees. Hitting all but three of his 374 career home runs in the AL, he ranked behind only Jimmie Foxx (524) and Harmon Killebrew (then at 397) among the league’s right-handed hitters when he retired. Colavito finished his career with 1159 RBI.

Rocky Colavito was part of the 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians team that finished in 8th with a record of 53-71 under manager Jimmy Bloodworth. Colavito hit .170 with 8 HR in 94 at bats for the CR Indians.

 

The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgThe Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports

This

feature is a daily report sharing the links and news of Kernels
Alumni. Previously, we updated these throughout the day on Facebook as
they happened. I will be posting each morning to try and keep the links
as relevant and fresh as I can. If something comes across during the
day, it likely will sneak into another post. The Kernels defeated Kane County 5-4 in yesterday’s noon game to finish off a three game sweep. We head to Quad Cities tonight to start the road trip. Without
further
delay, your Harvester Links for 4/28/11:

Alexi Amarista (2008-09) went 1-2 in the Angels 2-1 extra inning loss to the Athletics. Peter Bourjos (2007) and Alberto Callaspo (2003) each were 1-4 in the game. Erick Aybar (2003) was 0-3 with a sacrifice, Howard Kendrick (2004) and Hank Conger (2007) each went 0-4 and Mark Trumbo (2006-07) scored a run as a pinch runner.

Rich Thompson (2003) struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning. Jordan Walden (2008) took the loss striking out one in one inning of work while allowing one run in the tenth inning of the Angels loss.

Mike Napoli (2001-02) went 1-4 with a double and two RBI in the Rangers 7-6 win over the Blue Jays.

Sean Rodriguez.jpgSean Rodriguez (2004-05) went 2-4 with a double, a RBI, stole a base and scored a run in the Rays 8-2 win over the Twins. Casey Kotchman (2002) entered the game as a defensive replacement. Joel Peralta (2001-02) struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning of the victory.

Alexi Casilla (2004-05) was 0-2 with a RBI, a walk and a sacrifice in the Twins 8-2 loss to the Rays.

Joe Saunders (2002) took the loss as the Diamondbacks fell 8-4 to the Phillies. Saunders allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings of work while striking out eight batters.

Brandon Wood (2004) went 1-2 with a walk and scored a run in the Pirates 2-0 win over the Giants.

Jordan Walden (2008) adjusting to closer’s role – MLB.com

Rookie Mark Trumbo (2006-07) fighting through slump – OCRegister.com

Hip injury puts reliever Darren O’Day (2006) on 60 day DL – MLB.com

 

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This Date in Kernels Alumni History – April 27, 1940

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgLou boudreau small.jpgOn April 27, 1940, Lou Boudreau (1938 – Cedar Rapids Raiders) hit a pair of home runs and went 3-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in the Indians 4-2 win over the Tigers.

Lou Boudreau hit .295 with 68 HR and 796 RBI in his 15 year career with the Indians and the Red Sox. Boudreau was an eight-time All Star Game selection, starting three times. He won the 1944 AL batting title (.327), and led the league in doubles in 1941, 1944, and 1947. He led AL shortstops in fielding eight times. Boudreau still holds the record for hitting the most consecutive doubles in a game (four), set on July 14, 1946.

In 1948, he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award and managed the Cleveland Indians to the World Series title. Boudreau was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970.

Lou Boudreau was part of the 1938 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished 56-63 under manager Cap Crossley. Boudreau hit .290 with three HR that year for the CR club in 60 games.

The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgThe Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports

This

feature is a daily report sharing the links and news of Kernels
Alumni. Previously, we updated these throughout the day on Facebook as
they happened. I will be posting each morning to try and keep the links
as relevant and fresh as I can. If something comes across during the
day, it likely will sneak into another post. The Kernels defeated Kane County 8-4 last night. The final game of the homestand is set to start at noon today. Without
further
delay, your Harvester Links for 4/27/11:

amarista batting small.jpgPeter Bourjos (2007) and Howard Kendrick (2004) each had four hits and Alexi Amarista (2008-09) made his MLB debut in the Angels 8-3 win over the Athletics. Bourjos went 3-4 with a triple, a RBI and scored a pair of runs, Kendrick was 3-4 with two doubles and scored three runs and Amarista hit a two-run double in his first at bat and added a sacrifice fly later in the game.

Hank Conger (2007) was 2-4 with a double, two RBI and scored a run, Erick Aybar (2003) went 2-5 with a stolen base and Alberto Callaspo (2003) was 0-4 in the victory.

Tyler Chatwood (2009) improved to 2-1 on the season striking out one in 5 1/3 innings of work while allowing three runs. Jordan Walden (2008) worked a scoreless ninth inning to finish the game.

Mike Napoli (2001-02) went 0-1 in the Rangers 10-3 loss to the Blue Jays. Darren O’Day (2006) struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning of the loss.

Brandon Wood (2004) was 0-2 with a walk in the Pirates 3-2 loss to the Giants.

David Herndon (2007) finished the game allowing a run in two innings of relief work in the Phillies 7-5 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Angels’ Alexi Amarista (2008-09) has big debut in victory over Athletics – LATimes.com

Debuting Alexi Amarista (2008-09) ready to go – MLB.com

Bottom feeders lead 16 hit attack – MLB.com

 

This Date in Kernels Alumni History – April 26, 1962

tommie aaron with hank aaron.jpgOn April 26, 1962, Tommie Aaron (1960 Cedar Rapids Braves) went 3-5 with a home run, a triple and 4 RBI while scoring three runs in the Milwaukee Braves 10-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at County Stadium.

Tommie Aaron, the brother of Hank Aaron, hit .229 with 94 RBI during his seven season career with the Braves. He hit a total of 13 major league home runs, with eight of them coming in his first year of 1962, but along with his brother’s then Major League record 755, together they hold the Major League record for the most career home runs between two brothers (768).

rich murray topps.JPGThe only other brother of a 500-home run man to play in the majors was Rich Murray, (1976-77 Cedar Rapids Giants) brother of Eddie Murray, who hit 4 home runs in a brief major league career.

Tommie Aaron was part of the 1960 Cedar Rapids Braves team that went 71-69 to finish in fourth under manager Jimmy Brown. Aaron led the team with a .299 batting average and hit 20 home runs to go along with 88 RBI that season.

 

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