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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

Joe Saunders to start for Orioles tonight, Kernels alumni in the 2012 postseason

Joe Saunders (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002) will get the start tonight for the Baltimore Orioles as they take on the Texas Rangers and Saunders’ former battery mate Mike Napoli (Cedar Rapids Kernels 2001-02) in the first ever American League Wild Card game tonight at Rangers Ballpark. The Orioles feature two additional Kernels alumni in starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez (2005) and relief pitcher Darren O’Day (2006).

The fifth Cedar Rapids Kernels alumni who has a chance at playing baseball this October is St. Louis Cardinals reliever Barret Browning (2007). The Cardinals travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves in the first ever National League Wild Card game tonight at Turner Field.

The Baltimore Orioles traded Matt Lindstrom and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks to acquire Joe Saunders (2002) on August 26 this season. Saunders posted a 3-3 record with a 3.63 E.R.A. in 7 starts for the Orioles. He had posted a 6-10 record with a 4.22 E.R.A. in 21 starts for Arizona prior to the trade. Saunders was acquired by the Diamondbacksalong with Patrick Corbin (2010), Tyler Skaggs (2010) and Rafael Rodriguez (2003-05) from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Dan Haren on July 25, 2010. Saunders has compiled a 78-65 career MLB record with a 4.15 E.R.A. in eight season pitching for the Angels, Diamondbacks and Orioles.

Joe Saunders was 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. Saunders was 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA in five starts for the Kernels. He struck out 27 batters in 28 2/3 innings of work.

Mike Napoli has hit .259 with 146 HR and 380 RBI thus far during his seven MLB seasons with the Angels and Rangers. He had a career best year in 2011, hitting .320 with 30 HR, 75 RBI and a OPS of 1.046. Napoli capped it off with a very impressive 2011 World Series where he hit .350 with 2 HR, 10 RBI and a 1.164 OPS in the seven game series. Mike Napoli is one of only two MLB catchers who have hit 20 or more HR each of the last five seasons (Brian McCann-ATL).

Mike Napoli was a member of the 2001 and 2002 Cedar Rapids Kernels teams. In 2001, the Kernels finished 60-77 under manager Tyrone Boykin. Napoli hit .232 with 5 HR and 18 RBI in 43 games for Cedar Rapids. In 2002, the Kernels posted a 81-58 mark under manager Todd Claus. Napoli hit .251 with 10 HR, 19 doubles and had 50 RBI in 103 games for Cedar Rapids in 2002.

The Orioles claimed righty reliever Darren O’Day off waivers from the Rangers last fall. O’Day, 29, had battled through injuries and posted a 0-1 record with a 5.40 E.R.A. in 2011. He joined the Rangers via an April 2009 waiver claim from the Mets. From that point through the end of the 2010 season, O’Day provided the Rangers a 1.99 ERA, 7.6 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, and 0.61 HR/9 in 117 2/3 innings. He made an appearance in four of the 2010 World Series games. Darren O’Day is 7-1 with a 2.28 E.R.A. in 69 games out of the Orioles bullpen in 2012. O’Day has struck out 69 batters in 67 innings of work. O’Day has compiled a career mark of 15-6 with a 2.73 E.R.A.

Darren O’Day posted a 3-1 mark with a 2.70 E.R.A. in 23 1/2 innings of work over 17 appearances for Cedar Rapids in 2006. The Kernels finished 65-74 under manager Bobby Magallanes in 2006.

Miguel Gonzalez signed a free agent deal with the Baltimore Orioles this past off season after being selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 2008 Rule V draft.. Gonzalez posted a 2-1 record with a save and a 1.50 E.R.A. for the Norfolk Tides (AAA) before making his MLB debut on May 25, 2012. 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 Orioles. He struck out 77 batters in 105 1/3 innings of work.

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.

Barret Browning was acquired by the Cardinals in the AAA phase of the Rule V draft this past off season. Browning was 2-3 with a 1.89 E.R.A. in 30 games for the Memphis Redbirds this season before making his MLB debut on June 30, 2012. He posted a 1-3 record with a 5.12 E.R.A. in 22 appearances out of the Cardinals bullpen. Browning struck out 11 in 19 1/3 innings of work.

Barret Browning posted a 9-4 record with 8 saves and a 2.80 E.R.A in 48 games for the 2007 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 74 batters in 74 innings of work in 2007. Browning made his major league debut on June 30, 2012 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mike Napoli (2001-02), Mike Trout (2009-10) and Mark Trumbo (2006-07) bring CR Alumni MLB All Star selections to 85.

Major League Baseball released the rosters for the 83rd annual MLB All-Star game today. Cedar Rapids Kernels alumni Mike Napoli (2001-02), Mike Trout (2009-10) and Mark Trumbo (2001-02) have been selected to the American League squad with Napoli getting the start behind the plate. The trio of Kernels alum bring the total number of MLB All-Star selections made by Cedar Rapids professi0nal baseball alumni to 85. 33 different Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni have been selected to the All-Star game rosters. This is 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). We have never had more than three appear in the same season. Lou Boudreau was our first All-Star and made six straight All-Star teams between 1940-45, the longest such streak by a Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni.

Lou Boudreau (Cedar Rapids Raiders -1938) and Ted Simmons (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1967) lead the way with eight selections each. Trevor Hoffman (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1991) earned seven All-Star selections, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) and Allie Reynolds (1940-41) made six appearances, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982) was selected five times and John Roseboro (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1955) made four appearances at the mid season classic.

Here is the full list of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have been selected to the All-Star game rosters. The year following their name designates their season or seasons they played in Cedar Rapids.

2012 – Mike Napoli (2001-02), Mike Trout (2009-10), Mark Trumbo (2006-07)

2011 – Howard Kendrick (2004), Jordan Walden (2008)

2010 -

2009 – Trevor Hoffman (1991)

2008 – Ervin Santana (2002), Joe Saunders (2002)

2007 – Trevor Hoffman (1991), Bobby Jenks (2001), John Lackey (2000)

2006 -Trevor Hoffman (1991), Bobby Jenks (2001)

2005 -

2004 -

2003 -

2002 – Trevor Hoffman (1991)

2001 -

2000 – Trevor Hoffman (1991)

1999 – Trevor Hoffman (1991)

1998 – Trevor Hoffman (1991), Paul O’Neill (1982)

1997 – Jason Dickson (1995), Paul O’Neill (1982)

1996 -

1995 – Paul O’Neill (1982), Reggie Sanders (1990)

1994 – Chili Davis (1978), Paul O’Neill (1982)

1993 -

1992 -

1991 – Rob Dibble (1985), Paul O’Neill (1982), Chris Sabo (1983)

1990 – Rob Dibble (1985), Chris Sabo (1983)

1989 – Eric Davis (1982)

1988 – Chris Sabo (1983), Kurt Stillwell (1984)

1987 – Eric Davis (1982)

1986 – Chili Davis (1978)

1985 -

1984 – Bob Brenly (1977), Chili Davis (1978), Jerry Mumphrey (1972)

1983 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1982 -

1981 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1980 – Ken Reitz (1969), Jerry Reuss (1967)

1979 – Joe Sambito (1973), Ted Simmons (1967)

1978 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1977 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1976 -

1975 – Jerry Reuss (1967)

1974 – Ted Simmons (1967)

1973 – Nate Colbert (1965), Ted Simmons (1967)

1972 – Nate Colbert (1965), Ted Simmons (1967)

1971 – Nate Colbert (1965),

1970 – Denis Menke (1958-59)

1969 – Denis Menke (1958-59), John Roseboro (1955)

1968 -

1967 -

1966 – Rocky Colavito (1952), Ron Hunt (1960-61), Bobby Knoop (1958)

1965 – Rocky Colavito (1952)

1964 – Rocky Colavito (1952), Ron Hunt (1960-61)

1963 -

1962 – Rocky Colavito (1952), John Roseboro (1955)

1961 – Rocky Colavito (1952), John Roseboro (1955)

1960 – Bud Daley (1952)

1959 – Rocky Colavito (1952), Bud Daley (1952)

1958 – Ray Narleski (1950), John Roseboro (1955)

1957 -

1956 – Ray Narleski (1950)

1955 -

1954 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1953 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1952 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1951 -

1950 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1949 – Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1948 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1947 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1946 -

1945 – Lou Boudreau (1938), Allie Reynolds (1940-41)

1944 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1943 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1942 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1941 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

1940 – Lou Boudreau (1938)

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1938 -

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1933 -

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)

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 29 – No Known Alumni Appearance

It truly is a sad day. This is the first date since I started these earlier in the year that i can not find an appearance by a Cedar Rapids alum. There are not a ton of World Series that run this late in the year and the ones that did either did not have a player who came through Cedar Rapids or had an off date on October 29. I will continue to run through November 4th. There is a gap on November 2nd as well, but not too shabby for a full baseball year of Kernels alumni stories.

Congrats to the Cardinals on their World Series Championship. It does not seem fair their Midwest League affiliate took home a championship this year as well. Mike Napoli (2001-02) had a great series playing for the Rangers and would have been a likely MVP candidate if they had pulled off the win in game 7. Napoli hit .350 with a double, 2 HR, 10 RBI and a OPS of 1.164 in the seven game series.

The 2011 is in the books. Let the Hot Stove season begin.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 23, 2011 – Mike Napoli

On October 23, 2011, Mike Napoli (Cedar Rapids Kernels– 2001-02) went 1-2 at the plate with a pair of walks and hit a three run HR in the 6th inning as the Texas Rangers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 in game four of the 2011 World Series at Rangers Ballpark. The HR was Napoli’s second of the series. He became the first catcher since 1982, Ted Simmons (Cedar Rapids Cardinals -1967), to hit a HR in game one of a World Series last Wednesday. Napoli is hitting .333 with seven RBI through four games of the series.

Mike Napoli has hit .264 with 122 HR and 324 RBI thus far during his six MLB seasons with the Angels and Rangers. He had a career best year in 2011, hitting .320 with 30 HR, 75 RBI and a OPS of 1.046 this season. Napoli is one of only two MLB catchers who have hit 20 or more HR each of the last four seasons (Brian McCann-ATL).

Mike Napoli was a member of the 2001 and 2002 Cedar Rapids Kernels teams. In 2001, the Kernels finished 60-77 under manager Tyrone Boykin. Napoli hit .232 with 5 HR and 18 RBI in 43 games for Cedar Rapids. In 2002, the Kernels posted a 81-58 mark under manager Todd Claus. The 2002 Kernels defeated Quad Cities before losing to Peoria in the semifinals of the Midwest League Playoffs. Napoli hit .251 with 10 HR, 19 doubles and had 50 RBI in 103 games for Cedar Rapids in 2002.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 31, 2009

On July 31, 2009 Mike Napoli (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2001-02) went 4-6 at the plate with a double, a HR, a RBI and scored a run as the Angels defeated the Twins 11-5.

Mike Napoli has a career batting average of .260 with 139 HR and 362 RBI during his seven MLB seasons with the Angels and Rangers. He is hitting .228 with 17 HR and 38 RBI thus far in 2012.

Mike Napoli was a member of the 2001 and 2002 Cedar Rapids Kernels teams. In 2001, the Kernels finished 60-77 under manager Tyrone Boykin. Napoli hit .232 with 5 HR and 18 RBI in 43 games for Cedar Rapids. In 2002, the Kernels posted a 81-58 mark under manager Todd Claus. The 2002 Kernels defeated Quad Cities before losing to Peoria in the semifinals of the Midwest League Playoffs. Napoli hit .251 with 10 HR, 19 doubles and had 50 RBI in 103 games for Cedar Rapids in 2002.

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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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.

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