This date in Kernels history – August 12, 2011 – Travis Witherspoon
On August 12, 2011, Travis Witherspoon led off the game with a home run and went 2-3 and scored a pair of runs to lead the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 2-1 win against the Clinton Lumberkings. Travis Witherspoon hit .245 with 12 HR, 42 RBI and stole 44 bases in 102 games during the 2011 season for the Kernels. Witherspoon was selected to the 2011 Midwest League All-Star game squad where he won the Home Run Derby. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 61-78 record under manager Brent Del Chiaro.
Travis Witherspoon hit .279 with 4 doubles, 1 HR and 10 RBI for the Inland Empire 66ers (Hi-A) in 16 games after his promotion in 2011. Witherspoon started the started the 2012 season back with the 66ers where he hit .319 with 10 doubles, 5 triple, 7 HR, 27 RBI and stole 25 bases in 67 games before earning a promotion to Arkansas (AA). He has hit .238 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 5 HR and 15 RBI in 32 games for the Travelers
This is my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.