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Casey Kotchman (2002) signs minor league deal with the Miami Marlins

Sprouting News LogoCasey Kotchman (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002) has signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins. The deal includes and invite to big league camp.

Casey KotchmanCasey Kotchman was a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels squad that opened New Veterans Memorial Stadium in 2002. Kotchman hit .281 with 5 HR, 30 doubles and 50 RBI in 81 games as the Kernels finished 81-58 under manager Todd Clauss defeating Quad Cities in the opening round and then losing to Peoria in the semi finals of the Midwest League playoffs.

Casey Kotchman has hit .262 with 71 HR and 387 RBI during his nine year MLB career playing for the Angels, Braves, Red Sox, Mariners, Rays and Indians. Kotchman hit .229 with 12 HR and 55 RBI for the Indians in 2012.

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8 Cedar Rapids Kernels Alumni make MLB debut, 35 total MLB active players in 2012

There were eight Cedar Rapids Kernels alumni who made their MLB debut in 2012. Barret Browning, David Carpenter, Patrick Corbin, Miguel Gonzalez, Jean Segura, Tyler Skaggs, Will Smith and Andrew Taylor were among the 35 Kernels alumni who played in a MLB game in 2012. The number is down slightly from the 39 former alumni who played in a MLB game in 2011.

2012 was the fifth time there has been three Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni players selected to the same All-Star game (2012, 2007, 1991, 1984 and 1966). Mike Napoli (2001-02), Mike trout (2009-10) and Mark Trumbo (2006-07) each made their first all-star teams. We have never had more than three appear in the same season.Here is the link to our full all-star selection list.

Here is the complete list of our alumni appearing in a MLB game with the teams they played for and the year designating the season they were in Cedar Rapids.

Alexi Amarista (2008-09) Angels & Padres

Erick Aybar (2003) Angels

Peter Bourjos (2007) Angels

Barret Browning (2007) Cardinals

Alberto Callaspo (2003) Angels

David Carpenter (2010) Angels

Bobby Cassevah (2007) Angels

Alexi Casilla (2004-05) Twins

Tyler Chatwood (2009) Rockies

Hank Conger (2007) Angels

Patrick Corbin (2010) Diamondbacks

Miguel Gonzalez (2005) Orioles

David Herndon (2007) Phillies

Kevin Jepsen (2003) Angels

Howard Kendrick (2004) Angels

Casey Kotchman (2002) Indians

Jeff Mathis (2002) Blue Jays

Mike Napoli (2001-02) Rangers

Darren O’Day (2006) Orioles

Joel Peralta (2001-02) Rays

Garrett Richards (2010) Angels

Fernando Rodriguez (2005) Astros

Sean Rodriguez (2004-05) Rays

Andrew Romine (2008) Angels

Ervin Santana (2002) Angels

Joe Saunders (2002) Diamondbacks & Orioles

Jean Segura (2010) Angels & Brewers

Tyler Skaggs (2010) Diamondbacks

Will Smith (2009) Royals

Andrew Taylor (2009) Angels

Rich Thompson (2003) Angels & Athletics

Mike Trout (2009-10) Angels

Mark Trumbo (2006-07) Angels

Jordan Walden (2008) Angels

Bobby Wilson (2004) Angels

27 Kernels Alumni have played a MLB game in 2012. Here is where they were drafted.

27 former Kernels have played in a major league baseball game thus far in 2012.  In the spirit of the MLB draft continuing into day two, here is that list of our alumni and which round they were selected in the draft. Several of these players were signed as international free agents and were not subject to the amateur draft.

Bobby Wilson (2004) is the lowest drafted player currently active in Major League baseball to my knowledge. Wilson was selected with the Angels 48th round pick, 1,417 pick overall, of the 2002 MLB Draft.

Darren O’Day (2006) was actually passed over in the draft and the Angels signed him as an undrafted free agent. The sidearm reliever has had a great start to the 2012 season with a 3-0 record with a 1.71 E.R.A. and 0.80 W.H.I.P. out of the Orioles bullpen.

Here is the full list of our Alumni who have played in a MLB game this season as of June 5, 2012. Each was selected by the Angels in the MLB draft. the team name designates their current squad for the 2012 season.

Casey Kotchman (Indians) – 1st round 2001

Garrett Richards (Angels) – 1st round 2009

Joe Saunders (Diamondbacks) – 1st round 2002

Mike Trout (Angels) – 1st round

Tyler Chatwood (Rockies) – 2nd round

Patrick Corbin (Diamondbacks) – 2nd round

Kevin Jepsen (Angels) – 2nd round

Sean Rodriguez (Rays) – 3rd round

David Herndon (Phillies) – 5th round

Will Smith (Royals) – 7th round

David Carpenter (Angels) – 9th round

Peter Bourjos (Angels) – 10th round

Howard Kendrick (Angels) – 10th round

Jordan Walden (Angels) – 12th round

Mike Napoli (Rangers) – 17th round

Fernando Rodriguez (Astros) – 18th round

Mark Trumbo (Angels) – 18th round

Bobby Cassevah (Angels) – 34th round

Bobby Wilson (Angels) – 48th round

Darren O’Day (Orioles) – Undrafted Free Agent

International Free Agents

Alexi Amarista (Padres)

Erick Aybar (Angels)

Alberto Callaspo (Angels)

Alexi Casilla (Twins)

Joel Peralta (Rays)

Ervin Santana (Angels)

Rich Thompson (Athletics)

Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni and the MLB Amateur Draft

There have been many players who have come through Cedar Rapids since the first MLB amateur draft was held in 1965. The first player selected in the draft who would play in Cedar Rapids was Joe DiFabio, a pitcher from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, who was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 20th overall pick in the initial draft in 1965. DiFabio would pitch for the Cedar Rapids Cardinals in 1966 posting a 11-3 record with a 1.86 E.R.A. in 17 games.

Jerry Pruett was selected with the Cardinals fifth round pick in 1965 and joined DiFabio on the 1966 Cedar Rapids Cardinals squad. Pruett posted a 13-7 mark with a 2.85 E.R.A. in 23 starts. The team finished 81-40 in 1st place during the regular season under manager Ron Plaza. The Cedar Rapids Cardinals fell to Fox Cities 2 games to 1 in the Championship Series.

Terry Milani was selected in the second round out of Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Milani would play for the Cedar Rapids Cardinals in 1968 and 1969. He hit .244 wityh 5 HR in 1968 and returned in 1969 to hit .230.

The St. Louis Cardinals were more successful with their 1967 draft. They selected Ted Simmons with the 10th overall pick and followed that up selecting Jerry Reuss in the second round. Simmons and Reuss each arrived in Cedar Rapids during the second half of the season and went on to very successful All-Star careers with World Series appearances.

The highest selection to ever play for Cedar Rapids was Kurt Stillwell who was selected with the second overall pick in the 1983 draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Kurt Stillwell was part of the 1984 Cedar Rapids Reds team that finished 4th with a mark of 75-63 under manager Jim Lett. Stillwell hit .251 with 4 HR, 33 RBI and stole 24 bases in 112 games.

A second Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alum, Eddie Williams, was selected with the fourth overall pick of that 1983 draft by the New York Mets. He was traded to the Reds on June 15, 1984 along with Matt Bullinger and Jay Tibbs in exchange for Bruce Berenyi. Eddie Williams was a member of the 1985 Cedar Rapids Reds team that finished in 3rd place with a record of 78-61 under manager Jay Ward. Williams hit .261 with 20 HR in 199 games for the Cedar Rapids Reds.

The Giants selected Ted Barnicle eighth overall in 1975 and sent him to Cedar Rapids for the 1976 season. Barnicle pitched a complete game no-hitter against Dubuque on June 29, 1976.

In more recent years, the highest selection from the Angels to play in Cedar Rapids was Joe Torres who pitched for the Kernels during the 2001, 2002 and 2005 seasons. Torres was the 10th overall pick in the 2000 draft. He continues to pitch in the Colorado Rockies organization but has yet to reach the big leagues.

Several other Angels first round selections have played in Cedar Rapids during our affiliation. Casey Kotchman (2001-13th overall), Joe Saunders (2002-12th overall), Brandon Wood (2003-23rd overall), Trevor Bell (2005-37th overall), Hank Conger (2006-25th overall), Randal Grichuk (2009-24th overall), Mike Trout (2009-25th overall), Tyler Skaggs (2009-40th overall), Garrett Richards (2009-42nd overall) and Tyler Kehrer (2009-48th overall) in recent seasons.

Kaleb Cowart (2010-18th overall), Cameron Bedrosian (2010-29th overall) and Chevez Clarke (2010 -30th overall) have been playing for the 2012 Cedar Rapids Kernels squad.

This date in Kernels alumni history – April 22, 2008 Erick Aybar

On April 22, 2008, Erick Aybar (2003) set a career high with three doubles and scored a run in the Angels 7-6 loss to the Red Sox. Jeff Mathis (2002) had a good day at the plate as well, going 2-4 with a home run and three RBI while scoring two runs. Casey Kotchman (2002) added a solo home run going 1-4 in the loss.

Erick Aybar hit .308 with six HR, 10 triples, 57 RBI and stole 32 bases in 125 games for the 2003 Cedar Rapids Kernels. The team finished in 10th place at 66-72 under manager Todd Claus.

Mathis and Kotchman were both part of the 2002 Kernels team that finished 3rd with a mark of 81-58 under manager Todd Claus. The 2002 team swept Quad Cities in the opening round of the playoffs before falling to Peoria in the second round. Mathis hit .287 with 10 HR, 41 doubles and 73 RBI in 128 games while Kotchman posted a .281 batting average with five HR, 30 doubles and 50 RBI in 81 games.

Aybar recently signed a four year $35 million extension with the Angels. Jeff Mathis was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays this past off season and Casey Kotchman signed a free agent contract to play for the Cleveland Indians.

22 Kernels Alumni Earn Opening Day MLB Roster Spots

22 former Cedar Rapids Kernels have earned Opening Day MLB roster spots in 2012. The Angels roster features 11 Kernels Alumni. 18 of the players play in the American League and 4 National League squads have a Cedar Rapids representative. The full list is as follows:

Los Angeles Angels (11) – Alexi Amarista (2008-09), Erick Aybar (2003), Peter Bourjos (2007), Alberto Callaspo (2003), Kevin Jepsen (2003-04), Howard Kendrick (2004), Ervin Santana (2002), Rich Thompson (2003), Mark Trumbo (2006-07), Jordan Walden (2009) and Bobby Wilson (2004)

Tampa Bay Rays (2) – Joel Peralta (2001-02) and Sean Rodriguez (2004-05)

Baltimore Orioles (1) – Darren O’Day (2006)

Cleveland Indians (1) – Casey Kotchman (2002)

Minnesota Twins (1) – Alexi Casilla (2004-05)

Texas Rangers (1) – Mike Napoli (2001-02)

Toronto Blue Jays (1) – Jeff Mathis (2002)

Arizona Diamondbacks (1) – Joe Saunders (2002)

Colorado Rockies (1) – Tyler Chatwood (2009)

Houston Astros (1) – Fernado Rodriguez (2005)

Philadelphia Phillies (1) – David Herndon (2007)

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 15, 2005 – Casey Kotchman

On October 15, 2005, Casey Kotchman (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002) went 2-4 at the plate with a double and a RBI as Angels fell to the White Sox 8-2 in game four of the 2005 American League Championship Series.

Casey Kotchman has hit .268 with 59 HR and 332 RBI during his eight year MLB career playing for the Angels, Braves, Red Sox, Mariners and Rays. Kotchman hit .306 with 10 HR and 48 RBI for the Rays in 2011 to help them earn the wild card on the final day of the season.

Casey Kotchman was a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels squad that opened New Veterans Memorial Stadium in 2002. Kotchman hit .281 with 5 HR, 30 doubles and 50 RBI in 81 games as the Kernels finished 81-58 under manager Todd Clauss defeating Quad Cities in the opening round and then losing to Peoria in the semi finals of the Midwest League playoffs.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 6, 2007 – Casey Kotchman

On September 6, 2007,  Casey Kotchman (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002) went 2-5 with a pair of doubles, three RBI and scored a run in the Angels 10-3 win over the Indians.

Casey Kotchman has hit .262 with 71 HR and 380 RBI during his nine year MLB career playing for the Angels, Braves, Red Sox, Mariners, Rays and Indians. Kotchman is hitting .228 with 12 HR and 48 RBI thus far in the season for the Indians in 2012.

Casey Kotchman was a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels squad that opened New Veterans Memorial Stadium in 2002. Kotchman hit .281 with 5 HR, 30 doubles and 50 RBI in 81 games as the Kernels finished 81-58 under manager Todd Clauss defeating Quad Cities in the opening round and then losing to Peoria in the semi finals of the Midwest League playoffs.

The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

The Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports

Ervin Santana (2002) struck out ten batters en route to his first career no-hitter to lead the Angels to a 3-1 win over the Indians this afternoon. Santana is the fourth player in Cedar Rapids professional baseball history to pitch a major league no-hitter joining Allie Reynolds (1940-41) (two no-hitters), Bob Forsch (1970-71) (two no-hitters) and Jerry Reuss (1967).
Peter Bourjos (2007) went 2-4 with his seventh triple of the season, a RBI, stole a base  and scored a run in the win. Howard Kendrick (2004) was 1-3, scored a run, walked and stole a pair of bases. Mike Trout (2009-10) went 0-3 with a sac fly, while Erick Aybar (2003), Mark Trumbo (2006-07) and Bobby Wilson (2004) each were 0-4 in the game.
John Lackey (2000) won his fourth straight start as the Red Sox defeated Kansas City 12-5. Lackey struck out three in 5 2/3 innings of work while allowing three earned runs on eleven hits and one walk to improve to 9-8 on the season.
Alexi Casilla (2004-05) went 2-4 with double a walk and scored a run in the Twins 7-2 win over the Rangers. Mike Napoli (2001-02) hit his 14th double of the season for the Rangers in the loss finishing 1-4 with a run scored.
Casey Kotchman (2002) was 0-2 in the Ray 13-4 loss to the Athletics. Sean Rodriguez (2004-05) went 0-3 with a walk in the game.
Brandon Wood (2004) was 0-3 with a walk in the Pirates 2-1 extra inning loss to the Braves.
Fernando Rodriguez (2005) improved to 2-0 earning the win with two scoreless innings in the Astros 4-2 victory over the Cardinals. Rodriguez struck out one while allowing one hit and two walks.

The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

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Wisconsin scored seven runs in the 5th inning and held off a late Kernels rally to down the Kernels 9-7 in game two of the series with the Timber Rattlers. The Kernels conclude the series in Wisconsin with the Timber Rattlers tonight at 6:35 p.m. from Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Without further delay, your Harvester Links for 5/12/11:


Erick Aybar (2003) went 2-5 with a RBI, stole a base and scored a run in the Angels 6-4 extra inning loss to the White Sox. Alberto Callaspo (2003) was 2-4 with a RBI, Peter Bourjos (2007) went 1-4 with a triple and scored a run and Howard Kendrick (2004) was 1-4, stole a base and scored a run in the loss. Hank Conger (2007) went 0-4 and Mark Trumbo (2006-07) was 0-3.

Tyler Chatwood (2009) worked 6 1/3 innings while allowing one run to take a no-decision. Rich Thompson (2003) retired the only batter he faced for his first hold of the season. Jordan Walden (2008) took his second blown save allowing two runs in the ninth inning. Kevin Jepsen (2003-04) took the loss allowing a pair of runs in the tenth inning.

Casey Kotchman (2002) went 2-5 with a RBI in the Rays 8-2 win over the Indians.

John Lackey (2000) took the loss allowing nine runs in 6 2/3 innings of work in the Red Sox 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

Brandon Wood (2004) was 1-4 in the Pirates 2-0 loss to the Dodgers.

Mike Scioscia tries another off beat move, Howard Kendrick (2004) in left field – LATimes.com

Angels place Rodriguez on DL, Kevin Jepsen (2003-04) recalled from AAA – MLB.com

Peter Bourjos (2007) triples to left field – OCRegister.com

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