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Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni in the World Baseball Classic

Sprouting News LogoI am beginning to try and help contribute to a local sports website called MetroSportsReport.com. The site covers a wide variety of sports in the Cedar Rapids area. They started with coverage of high school and collegiate events and now are branching out to cover the Cedar Rapids Kernels more in depth this season. Check the site out if you are interested. I will continue to post here as well as my blog posts tend to run longer than what they are looking for. I can’t help it. I tend to continue to branch out with each topic until people forget where the conversation started. Character flaw perhaps. At any rate I did some additional research into the World Baseball Classic and the Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have participated in the event and here is what I came up with. Some of this content may be repeat info from previous blog posts, so I apologize in advance.

The World Baseball Classic has returned this spring for its third competition. Once again there are several Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni coaching and competing in the event. Erick Aybar (2003), Michael Collins (2004-05), Ever Magallanes (2007), Efren Navarro (2008), Nick Pugliese (2009) and Hainley Statia (2006) each are representing their countries this year.

Nick Pugliese ItalyNick Pugliese is playing for Italy and struck out one batter in 1 1/3 scoreless innings of work to earn the win as Italy defeated Mexico 6-5 in the opening game of pool D. Italy has advanced to the second round after defeating Canada in their second game. Pugliese posted a 3-2 record with 2 saves and a 2.52 E.R.A. in 24 games for the 2009 Kernels squad. Pugliese struck out 46 in 35 2/3 innings of work while finishing 11 games as the Kernels squad finished with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello. Pugliese pitched in the Angels minor league system until 2011. He spent the 2012 season pitching professionally in Italy.

Efren Navarro and Ever Magallanes each represented Mexico in the event this year. Mexico has been eliminated from the competition after losses to Italy and Canada despite topping the United States. Navarro was a 2008 Midwest League All-Star for the Kernels. He hit .269 with 18 doubles, 2 HR and 45 RBI in 94 games for Cedar Rapids. Navarro played for the Salt Lake Bees (Angels Triple-A) in 2012.

Ever MagallanesEver Magallanes managed the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 78-61 record in 2007 season. Magallanes was inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame this past winter along with Fernando Valenzuela and Houston Jimenez. Magallanes played 11 seasons for the Monterrey Sultanes, Tabasco Olmecas, and the Oaxaca Guerreros in the Mexican League. He appeared in three major league games with the Cleveland Indians making three plate appearances in 1991 earning a walk in one of them. Magallanes has been working within the Chicago White Sox organization as a manager and coach since 2009.

Erick Aybar is making his World Baseball Classic playing for the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has earned a spot in the second round of the tournament. 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. Aybar has hit .278 with 129 doubles, 33 triples, 32 HR, 251 RBI and stole 98 bases in his seven MLB seasons with the Angels thus far. He won the American League Gold Glove at shortstop in 2011.

Michael CollinsMichael Collins is making his third appearance in the World Baseball Classic. He coached Australia  in pool B this year after playing for the team in the classic in 2009 and 2006. Collins hit .320 with 32 doubles, 7 HR, 64 RBI and stole 16 bases in 100 games during the 2005 season for the Kernels. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-75 record under manager Bobby Magallanes. Collins was a member of the 2004 Kernels teams as well hitting .207 with 1 HR and 12 RBI in 33 games.

Michael Collins played baseball in the Angels organization for eight seasons (2001-08). Collins played in the Padres minor league system in 2009-10 before returning to Australia where he has played for the Canberra Calvary during the 2010 and 2011 seasons of the Australian Baseball League.

Hainley StatiaHainley Statia is representing the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic for the third time. Statia is among a very select group to be selected to play in all three WBC competitions (2006, 2009, and 2013). Hainley Statia hit .297 with 1 HR, 31 doubles, 38 RBI and stole 23 bases in 111 games for the 2006 Kernels squad.

There have been 15 Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have made a combined 23 appearances on the World Baseball Classic rosters. Here is the complete list of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have been selected to coach or play in the WBC.

WBC 2006

2006 World Baseball Classic

Australia

Michael Collins (2004-05)

Trent Durrington (1996)

Rich Thompson (2003)

Canada

Steve Green (1998)

Aaron Guiel (1994)

Italy

Tom Gregorio (2000)

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Hainley Statia (2006)

United States

Scot Shields (1998)

WBC 2009

2009 World Baseball Classic

Australia

Michael Collins (2004-05)

Rich Thompson (2003)

Canada

Steve Green (1998)

Dominican Republic

Luis Pujols – coach (Cedar Rapids Astros – 1974)

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Hainley Statia (2006)

Mexico

Ever Magallanes – coach (Cedar Rapids manager – 2007)

Freddy Sandoval (2005)

Panama

Kevin Ramos (2010)

United States

Scot Shields (1998)

WBC 2013

2013 World Baseball Classic

Australia

Michael Collins – coach (2004-05)

Dominican Republic

Erick Aybar (2003)

Italy

Nick Pugliese (2009)

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Hainley Statia (2005)

Mexico

Ever Magallanes – coach (Cedar Rapids manager – 2007)

Efren Navarro (2008)

Five former Kernels selected to play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic

Sprouting News LogoErick Aybar (2003), Miguel Gonzalez (2005), Joel Peralta (2001-02), Nick Pugliese (2009) and Hainley Statia (2006) have been selected to play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Aybar and Peralta will represent the Dominican Republic, Gonzalez will play for Mexico, Pugliese will play for Italy and Statia will represent the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Pool CThe Dominican Republic squad (Aybar and Peralta) will face Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Spain in pool C in San Juan, Puerto Rico from March 7-10. 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.

Aybar has hit .278 with 129 doubles, 33 triples, 32 HR, 251 RBI and stole 98 bases in his seven MLB seasons with the Angels thus far. He won the American League Gold Glove at shortstop in 2011.

Joel Peralta went 0-0 with 23 saves and a 2.13 E.R.A. in 41 games for the the Kernels in 2001. The Kernels finished 60-77 under manager Tyrone Boykin. Peralta returned to post a 5-0 record with 21 saves and a 0.95 E.R.A. in 41 games in 2002. Cedar Rapids posted a 81-58 mark under manager Todd Claus that season. The Kernels defeated Quad Cities before losing to Peoria in the semifinals of the Midwest League Playoffs.

Joel Peralta has posted a 10-21 record with a 3.94 E.R.A. in 407 games pitching for the Angels Royals, Rockies, Nationals and Rays. Peralta has appeared in more than 70 games each of the last two seasons with the Rays.

Pool DMexico (Gonzalez) and Italy (Pugliese) will be facing each other along with the United States and Canada in pool D that will be held in Phoenix, Arizona from March 7-10. Miguel Gonzalez posted a 2-5 record with 8 saves and a 4.70 E.R.A in 28 games for the 2005 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 42 batters in 44 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the 2005 season with a 65-75 record under manager Bobby Magallanes. Miguel Gonzalez had a break out 2012 season going 9-4 with a 3.25 E.R.A. in 18 games including 15 starts for the Baltimore Orioles. He struck out 77 batters in 105 1/3 innings of work.

Nick Pugliese ItalyNick Pugliese posted a 3-2 record with 2 saves and a 2.52 E.R.A. in 24 games for the 2009 Kernels squad. Pugliese struck out 46 in 35 2/3 innings of work while finishing 11 games as the Kernels squad finished with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello defeating the Peoria Chiefs in the opening round of the playoffs before losing in the semifinals to the Burlington Bees. Pugliese pitched in the Angels minor league system until 2011. He spent the 2012 season pitching professionally in Italy.

Pool BThe Kingdom of the Netherlands (Statia) will be competing with South Korea, Australia and Chinese Taipei in pool B that will be held in Taichung, Taiwan from March 2-5. Hainley Statia hit .297 with 1 HR, 31 doubles, 38 RBI and stole 23 bases in 111 games for the 2005 Kernels squad. Cedar Rapids finished the 2005 season with a 65-75 record under manager Bobby Magallanes. Statia hit .279 for the Nashville Sounds (Triple-A Milwaukee) in 2012.

Hainley Statia

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)

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)

Erick Aybar (2003) earns first Rawlings Gold Glove Award

Erick Aybar (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2003) won the American League Rawlings Gold Glove at shortstop last night. He is the sixth former Cedar Rapids professional baseball alum to win a Gold Glove joining Bengie Molina x2 (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1994-95), Eric Davis x3 (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982), Ken Reitz (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1969), Bobby Knoop x3 (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1958) and John Roseboro x2 (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1955). In 2011, Aybar tied for third among AL shortstops with a .980 fielding percentage. He topped the AL with the most double plays turned by an AL shortstop this season (102) and set career-highs in total chances (659) and assists (459).

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.

Cedar Rapids Alumni who have won Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

2011 Erick Aybar  American League SS  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 2003)

2003 Bengie Molina  American League C  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 1994-95)

2002 Bengie Molina  American League C  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 1994-95)

1989 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1988 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1987 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1975 Ken Reitz  National League 3B  (Cedar Rapids Cardinals 1969)

1968 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1967 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1966 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1966 John Roseboro National League  C  (Cedar Rapids Raiders 1955)

1961 John Roseboro National League C  (Cedar Rapids Raiders 1955)

The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

The Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports

Mark Trumbo (2006-07) fell a single short of hitting for the cycle as he went 3-5 at the plate with a double, a triple, a HR, drove in five runs and scored three runs as the Angels beat the Tigers 12-7. Alberto Callaspo (2003) was 3-4 with a double, a walk, stole a base and scored a run. Erick Aybar (2003) went 3-4 with a walk, two RBI, stole a base and scored a run, Howard Kendrick (2004) was 2-5 with two RBI and scored three runs, Peter Bourjos (2007) went 2-5 with a RBI and scored a pair of runs and Jeff Mathis (2002) went 2-4 with a RBI in the win.

Bobby Cassevah (2007) earned his first win of the season with 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Jordan Walden (2008) worked a scoreless ninth inning in the win.

Sean Rodriguez (2004-05) went 1-3 with a RBI a walk and scored two runs in the Rays 10-8 win over the Athletics. Casey Kotchman (2002) was 1-4 with a run scored in the win. Joel Peralta (2001-02) allowed one run in one inning of work in the game.

David Herndon (2007) worked a scoreless ninth in the Phillies 4-1 loss to the Giants.

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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 21, 2009

On July 21, 2009, Erick Aybar (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2003) went 4-5 at the plate with a double, triple, three RBI and scored a pair of runs as the Angels topped the Royals 10-2.

Erick Aybar is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’ s starting shortstop. Aybar has hit .273 with 28 HR 234 RBI and stole 85 bases during his seven seasons in major league baseball. He won the 2011 American League Gold Glove at shortstop.

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.

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