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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)

NIck Pugliese (2009) earns win as Italy defeats Mexico in opening game of World Baseball Classic

Sprouting News LogoNick Pugliese ItalyNick Pugliese (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2009) struck out one in 1 1/3 scoreless innings of work to earn the win as Italy defeated Mexico in the opening game of pool D of the World Baseball Classic. Italy rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the ninth and held on for the 6-5 victory.

Nick 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.

Efren Navarro (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2008) and Ever Magallanes (Cedar Rapids Kernels manager- 2007) each were representing Mexico in the event. Navarro led off the bottom of the ninth with a pinch hit single. Mexico would load the bases with two outs before Jorge Cantu grounded out to second to end the game.

Efren Navarro KernelsEfren 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. Ever Magallanes led the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 78-61 record in 2007 season, which was the Kernels first winning season and playoff season during my time working there. Magallanes has been working within the Chicago White Sox organization as a manager and coach since 2009.

Pool D

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

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