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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

Russ Ford (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1905-06) – The Inventor of the Emery/Scuff Ball

Major League Baseball handed out an eight game suspension to former Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher and current Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta (2001-02) today. Peralta was caught with pine tar on his glove during the June 19, 2012 game against his former team the Washington Nationals. There has been a bit of controversy with the ordeal as you can read here. Peralta has appealed the suspension. It reminded me of some interesting tidbits I have come across during my research of Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni. This wasn’t the first alumni to dabble in the dark arts of the pitching profession.

Russ Ford (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1905-06) was the original inventor of what would come to be known as the emery ball or the scuff ball. Ford burst into the spotlight as a rookie for the New York Highlanders utilizing a pitch Ford was disguising as a spitball, which was legal at the time. Ford would rough up the side of the ball using an emery board hidden in his glove which would cause the ball to break strangely. His invention or variations of it would later be utilized by Eddie Cicotte, Whitey Ford and Don Sutton among others. Check out this more detailed Russ Ford Bio page written by T. Kent Morgan and David Jones.

“In a 1935 interview with The Sporting News, Ford explained that he first discovered the secret behind the emery pitch in 1908, when he was still with Atlanta. On a rainy spring morning Ford was warming up under the stands with catcher Ed Sweeney when he became wild. One pitch struck a wooden upright; another sailed sideways about five feet. When Sweeney returned the ball, Ford examined it and saw that it was rough where it had hit the upright. He wondered if the roughened surface was responsible for the ball’s odd movement, so he gripped the sphere on the side opposite its roughened surface and when he pitched it, the ball shot through the air with a sailing dip. “It never occurred to me that I had uncovered what was to become one of the most baffling pitches that a Cobb, Lajoie, Speaker or Delahanty [sic] would be called upon to bat against in the big leagues,” Ford told The Sporting News.” – T. Kent Morgan and David Jones

Russ Ford posted a 26-6 record with a 1.65 E.R.A. in 1910 striking out 209 batters in 299 1/3 innings of work for the Highlanders. Ford became just the third player to win 20 games and strike out 200 batters as a rookie (Christy Mathewson & Grover Cleveland Alexander).

Ford went 22-11 during his sophomore campaign with a 2.27 E.R.A. in 1911. He pitched two more seasons with New York before signing to play for the Buffalo Buffeds in the newly former Federal League in 1914. He went 21-6 with a 1.82 E.R.A. The emery ball was banned by the Federal League the following year and Ford posted a 5-9 record without his favored pitch before he was released. Ford was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.

Russ Ford spent two seasons in Cedar Rapids playing for Beldin Hill and the Bunnies. In 1905, Ford compiled a 16-13 record. He returned in 1906 and went 22-9 for the Three-I League Champions who finished with a 79-43 record.

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)

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)

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

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The Burlington Bees trimmed the Kernels 3-2 at Perfect Game Field on Friday night. We play game one of the three game home stand tonight against Beloit at 6:35 p.m. at Perfect Game Field. Iowan B.J. Hermsen is scheduled to take the mound for the Snappers tonite. Without further delay, your Harvester Links for 5/7/11:
Chatwood small.jpgTyler Chatwood (2009) pitched eight strong innings in the Angels 2-1 win over the Indians in eleven innings. Chatwood struck out five while allowing one run in the no-decision. Jordan Walden (2008) worked a scoreless tenth inning in the win.Alberto Callaspo (2003) was 3-4, Erick Aybar (2003) went 3-5 with a stolen base and scored a run, Howard Kendrick (2004) was 2-4, Hank Conger (2007) was 0-4, Alexi Amarista (2008-09) went 0-2 and Peter Bourjos (2007) was 0-2 in the win.Alexi Casilla (2004-05) went 0-4 in the Twins 9-2 win over the Red Sox.

Mike Napoli (2001-02) was 0-2 with a walk and scored a run in the Rangers 4-1 loss to the Yankees.

Casey Kotchman (2002) went 2-2 in the Rays 6-2 win over the Orioles. Sean Rodriguez (2004-05) was 0-5 in the win. Joel Peralta (2001-02) earned his third hold of the season allowing one run in 1 1/3 innings of work.

Sean O’Sullivan (2007) took the loss despite a strong outing as the Royals 3-2 loss to the Athletics. O’Sullivan held the A’s to three runs over eight innings.

Brandon Wood (2004) went 2-3 with a double and a RBI in the Pirates 3-2 loss to the Astros.

The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

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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 held on to edge Kane County 5-4 in 12 innings yesterday. The Kernels continue the series at Kane County and the six game road trip on Monday at 12:00 p.m. Without further delay, your Harvester Links for 5/2/11:

Conger, Hank Batting.jpgHank Conger (2007) hit his third HR of the season in the Angels 6-5 comeback win over the Rays. Mark Trumbo (2006-07) went 2-4 with a double, Alberto Callaspo (2003) was 1-4 with a RBI, Howard Kendrick (2004) went 0-2 with a pair of walks, stole a base and scored a run, Erick Aybar (2003) was 0-4 with a walk and scored a run and Peter Bourjos (2007) went 0-3 with a walk and scored a run in the victory.

Tyler Chatwood (2009) struck out three while allowing five runs in four innings for a no-decision. Rich Thompson (2003) struck out three in a scoreless seventh inning to earn the win. Jordan Walden (2008) worked a scoreless ninth inning for his fifth save of the season.

Casey Kotchman (2002) went 1-4 with a RBI and scored a run in the Ray 6-5 loss to the Angels. Joel Peralta (2001-02) took the loss allowing one run in the eighth inning.

Bobby Jenks (2001) walked three and allowed one run in 1/3 of an inning of work in the Red Sox 3-2 win over the Mariners.

casilla kernels.jpgAlexi Casilla (2004-05) went 2-3 with a pair of triples, a RBI, a walk and scored a run in the Twins 10-3 loss to the Royals.

Mike Napoli (2001-02) was 0-4 in the Rangers 7-2 loss to the Athletics.

Brandon Wood (2004) went 1-2 in the Pirates 8-4 win over the Rockies.

Mark Trumbo (2006-07) will get his chances, says Scioscia – MLB.com

Tyler Chatwood (2009) has rough outing against Rays – LATimes.com

Peter Bourjos (2007) knows he can’t outrun learning curve – OCRegister.com

The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

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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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The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

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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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