Results tagged ‘ Midwest League ’

Jeremy Moore (2008) has signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Sprouting News LogoJermey Moore KernelsJeremy Moore (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2008) has signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Moore made his MLB debut on September 2, 2011 against the Minnesota Twins. Moore batted .125 and scored three runs in eight games during his September call up with the Angels. He had hit .298 with 24 doubles, 18 triples, 15 HR, 66 RBI and stole 21 bases in 113 games playing for the Salt Lake Bees (AAA) in 2011. Moore spent the 2012 season on the DL due to hip surgery. He was selected by the Angels in the 6th round of the 2005 MLB draft.

Jeremy Moore hit .240 with 11 doubles, 12 triples, 17 HR, 28 stolen bases and 48 RBI in 96 games during the 2008 season for the Kernels. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 72-66 record under manager Keith Johnson. The Kernels topped Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals.

Kernels release 2011 Opening Day roster

Bobby Wilson (2004) signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees

Sprouting News LogoBobby WilsonBobby Wilson (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2004) has signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. Wilson was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays earlier in the off season and then was designated for assignment to accommodate additional roster moves. Wilson hit .211 with three HR and 13 RBI in 75 games for the Angels in 2012. He has compiled a .208 batting average with eight HR and 27 RBI during his five year MLB career playing for the Angels.

Bobby Wilson hit .268 with 23 doubles, 8 HR and 64 RBI in 105 games for the 2004 Cedar Rapids Kernels squad. Wilson was selected to the Midwest League all-star squad as Cedar Rapids hosted the event. The 2004 Kernels finished with a record of 75-64 under manager Bobby Magallanes before losing in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs to the Clinton Lumbkerkings.

CR Kernels Classic

Cael’s Collection – Nick Adenhart (game used jersey and autograph cards)

 

The off season is officially here for me. Our baseball stories obviously die down during the fall and winter months. I will be picking up the Cael’s Collection features to share some of the baseball cards of Cedar Rapids professional baseball players that I have picked up.

This evening’s selections are a quartet of Nick Adenhart cards. Adenhart played in Cedar Rapids in 2006. He was a fourteenth round draft pick out of Williamsport High School in Williamsport, Maryland by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2004 amateur draft. Nick Adenhart posted a 10-2 record and a 1.95 E.R.A. in 16 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2006. Adenhart struck out 99 batters in 106 innings of work. He was selected to the 2006 Futures Game roster, played in the 2006 Midwest League All-Star game and earned Midwest League post season All-Star squad honors. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-74 record under manager Bobby Magallanes.

Nick Adenhart was a bright young pitcher who played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2006, and was a rising star in the Los Angeles Angels organization. Adenhart made his MLB debut on May 1, 2008. Adenhart compiled a 1-0 record with a 6.00 E.R.A. in four career starts for the Angels. Only hours after Nick’s 2009 season debut on the mound for the Angels, a drunk driver tragically killed him on April 9, 2009 at age 22. Nick Adenhart’s family continues to honor him by awarding a $1,000 scholarship in his memory annually. The Kernels Foundation is privileged to administer the scholarship on behalf of Nick’s family.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels and Kernels Foundation presented Mack Mattke as the winner of the 2012 Nick Adenhart Memorial Scholarship before the Kernels game on Sunday, June 24th. Mack is a 2012 graduate of Xavier HS where his school activities, academic accomplishments and baseball accomplishments were quite impressive, making him an excellent choice for the scholarship. The Mattke’s were a Kernels Host Family in 2006, giving Mack the opportunity to know Nick while he was with the Kernels. Mack plans on attending Purdue University to study engineering and play baseball.

I have picked up a pair of autographed Adenhart cards. The first card on the left above is from the 2008 Topps Stadium Club set and is an on card auto. The other Adenhart autograph card above right is a sticker autograph card from the 2007 TriStar set and is serial numbered 176/250. Adenhart autograph cards do run a bit more than most of my collection due to his early passing. I picked these up for under $10 to my door but that is not the norm.

I have also picked up two different game used jersey cards of Nick Adenhart. The card on the left in the image is a Futures Game jersey card from the 2006 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects set. The other two are from an Upper Deck USA Baseball Bound for Beijing card set numbered GU-2 with pieces of a jersey used during the 2006 COPABE Beijing qualifying tournament in Havana, Cuba. Adenhart’s Jersey cards usually sell for between $5-10 to your door and can be found under $5 as long as you have patience.

Cael’s Collection – Jared Abruzzo (game used bat, jersey and autograph cards)

The off season is officially here for me. Our baseball stories obviously die down during the fall and winter months. I will be picking up the Cael’s Collection features to share some of the baseball cards of Cedar Rapids professional baseball players that I have picked up.

This morning’s selections are a trio of Jared Abruzzo cards. Abruzzo played in Cedar Rapids in 2001 and 2003. He was a second round draft pick out of El Capitan High School in Lakeside, California by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2000 MLB draft. Abruzzo hit .241 with 20 doubles, 10 HR and 53 RBI in 87 games for the 2001 Kernels squad before earning a promotion to Rancho Cucamonga mid-season. The 2001 Kernels finished fifth in the West Division of the Midwest League with a 60-77 record under manager Tyrone Boykin.

Jared Abruzzo returned to Cedar Rapids for the 2003 season where he hit .271 with 30 doubles, 13 HR and 73 RBI in 130 games. Abruzzo was selected to the Midwest League All-Star squad. The Kernels posted a 66-72 record under the guidance of Todd Claus to finish in fifth place in the Midwest League’s West Division.

Jared Abruzzo played his final season in the Angels organization with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Hi-A) in 2004. Abruzzo then split a season playing for the Bakersfield Blaze (Hi-A) and the Frisco RoughRiders (AA) in the Texas Rangers system. He served as a varsity assistant coach at El Capitan High School in 2012. Abruzzo coaches the East County Pirates travel-ball team as well.

I have picked up a pair of relic cards from the 2002 Bowman set and an autographed card from the 2001 Royal Rookies set of Abruzzo. The relic cards are numbered BR-JA1 and BR-JA2. The game used bat card was one of the earliest to feature a minor league player.  Theses cards are usually available for $5 or less on Ebay if you are willing to wait with the bat showing up less often than the jersey card. The Royal Rookies autographed card is serial numbered 1944/6995 and also can be picked up for $5 or less delivered to your door. There is a 2001 Bowman certified autograph card of Abruzzo that I have not picked up yet, but that is about the only other relic / autograph card I have seen listed.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 3, 1995 – Jeff Branson

On October 3, 1995, Jeff Branson (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1989-90) went 2-3 at the plate with a double, two RBI and walked in the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in the opening game of the National League Division Series. The Reds swept the Dodgers before losing to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS.

Jeff Branson hit .246 with 34 HR and 156 RBI during his 9 year MLB career playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jeff Branson played for the 1989 and 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds squads. In 1989, Branson hit .281 with 10 HR and 68 RBI in 127 games as the Reds finished 80-57 under manager Dave Miley. The 1989 Cedar Rapids Reds lost to Springfield in the opening round of the playoffs. In 1990, Branson hit .251 with 6 HR and 24 RBI in 62 games and the team finished with a 88-46 mark under manager Dave Miley. The 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds squad lost to the Quad Cities team in the opening round.

Jeff Branson served as the hitting coach for the Indianapolis Indians, the AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the last few seasons.

Kernels introduce new MLB affiliate on Wednesday

Cedar Rapids, IA – The Cedar Rapids Kernels will hold a press conference on Wednesday, September 19th at 1:30 pm in the Conference Room at Veterans Memorial Stadium to introduce their new MLB affiliate.

Gary Keoppel, Kernels Board President and Doug Nelson, Kernels GM, will be on hand to answer any questions. A representative from the Kernels new MLB affiliate will be available to the media.

The press conference is open to the general public and the conference room will be open 30 minutes prior to press conference for media set-up.

Any questions should be directed to Doug Nelson (dnelson@kernels.com / 896-7614) or Andrew Pantini (apantini@kernels.com / 896-7601).

This date in Kernels history – September 14, 2009 – Will Smith

On September 14, 2009 Will Smith pitched eight innings while allowing two runs as the Cedar Rapids Kernels fell to the Burlington Bees 2-1 in the deciding game of the best-of-three semifinals of the Midwest League Playoffs. Smith struck out nine batters while walking five and allowed three hits in the loss.

The 2009 season was the closest the Cedar Rapids Kernels have made it to the championship series during my eight years as our Stadium Operations manager. September 14 is the latest date into the year Cedar Rapids has played a game during my time here, thus this will be the final “This Date in Kernels History” post of the season. I will be continuing to add “This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball History” posts as I dig through old Cedar Rapids Gazette archives.

Will Smith posted a 10-5 record with a 3.76 E.R.A in 19 starts for the 2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 95 batters in 115 innings of work. The 2009 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.

Will Smith was acquired by the Kansas City Royals along with Sean O’Sullivan (2007) in exchange for Alberto Callaspo (2003) on July 22, 2010. Smith made his major league debut on May 23, 2012 at Yankee Stadium. He has posted a 5-7 record with a 4.94 E.R.A. in 13 starts for the Royals. Smith had compiled a 4-4 mark with a 3.61 E.R.A. in 15 starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) before his promotion.

This was 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.

This date in Kernels history – September 13, 2009 – Tyson Auer

On September 13, 2009, Tyson Auer went 2-4 at the plate with a HR, a double, two RBI and scored a run as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Burlington Bees 4-1 to win game two of the best-of-three semifinal round of the Midwest League playoffs.

Tyson Auer hit .277 with 18 doubles, 2 HR, 39 RBI and stole 43 bases in 122 games for Cedar Rapids in 2009. The Kernels finished the season with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello. Cedar Rapids defeated Peoria in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals.

Tyson Auer hit .280 with 19 doubles, 1 HR, 35 RBI and stole 21 bases in 91 games for the Salt Lake Bees in 2011. Auer hit .197 with four doubles, a triple, four RBI and stole a pair of bases in 20 games playing for the AZL Angels and the Arkansas Travelers in 2012. Auer’s father Joe played five seasons in the AFL / NFL for the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons (1964-68). Joe Auer returned the first kickoff in Miami Dolphins franchise history for a touchdown. He scored eight additional touchdowns in the Dolphins’ inaugural season including a touchdown reception of the final play of the season to defeat the Houston Oilers.

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.

This date in Kernels history – September 10, 2009 – Angel Castillo

On September 10, 2009, Angel Castillo went 2-4 at the plate with a HR, two RBI and scored three runs as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Peoria Chiefs 9-8 to win the opening round of the Midwest League playoffs.

Angel Castillo hit .133 with 4 doubles and 4 RBI in 12 games for Cedar Rapids in 2008. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 72-66 record under manager Keith Johnson. The Kernels topped Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals. Castillo returned in 2009 to hit .242 with 20 doubles, 12 HR, 61 RBI and stole 16 bases in 112 games. The 2009 squad finished the season with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels defeated Peoria in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals.

Angel Castillo hit .183 with 9 doubles, 6 HR and 24 RBI in 99 games for the Arkansas Travelers in 2012.

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.

This date in Kernels history – September 9, 2009 – Gabe Jacobo

On September 9, 2009, Gabe Jacobo went 2-5 at the plate with a HR, a RBI and scored a run as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Peoria Chiefs 6-4, in 10 innings, in game one of the best-of-three series during the opening round of the Midwest League playoffs.

Gabe Jacobo hit .320 with 12 doubles, 3 HR and 24 RBI in 34 games for Cedar Rapids in 2008. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 72-66 record under manager Keith Johnson. The Kernels topped Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals. Jacobo returned in 2009 to hit .257 with 27 doubles, 9 triples, 10 HR and 72 RBI in 118 games. The 2009 squad finished the season with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels topped Peoria in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals.

Gabe Jacobo hit .270 with 13 doubles, 10 HR and 49 RBI in 86 games for the Arkansas Travelers in 2011. The Blue Jays selected Gabe Jacobo in the Triple-A phase of the Rule V draft this past off-season. Jacobo started the 2012 season with the Dunedin Blue Jays where he hit .338 with 14 doubles, 6 HR and 27 RBI in 31 games before earning a promotion to New Hampshire (AA). He has hit .330 with eight doubles, two HR and nine RBI in 25 games for the Fisher Cats.

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.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 687 other followers