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Ramon Ortiz (1997) signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays

Sprouting News LogoRamon Ortiz CubsRamon Ortiz (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1997) has signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays that includes an invitation to spring training. Ortiz pitched for the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre Yankees (Triple-A) in 2012 posting a 13-6 record with a 3.45 E.R.A. in 27 starts.

Ramon Ortiz has posted a 86-84 record with a 4.93 ERA thus far during his 11 season MLB career playing for the Angels, Reds, Nationals, Twins, Rockies, Dodgers and Cubs.

Ramon Ortiz No-Hitter Box Score August 7 1997Ramon Ortiz was a member of the 1997 Cedar Rapids Kernels squad that finished 62-76 under manager Mario Mendoza. Ortiz posted a 11-10 record and a ERA of 3.58. He led the Kernels with 225 strikeouts in 181 innings of work. Ortiz had recorded the only Kernels no-hitter prior to the 2010 season when he shutdown Quad City on August 7, 1997. Ramon Ortiz pitched a complete game no-hitter against the Quad Cities River Bandits as the Kernels won 12-0 at John O’Donnell Stadium. Ortiz faced one over the minimum number of batters and struck out 14 without issuing a walk. The River Bandits managed just two base runners, each reaching by errors, in the contest. Rob Sasser, Shawn Wooten and Jeff Guiel each homered for the Kernels.

This following article was published in the August 8, 1997 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League contest against the Quad Cities River Bandits held on August 7, 1997. The 1997 Cedar Rapids Kernels featured five players who played in Major League baseball after their time in Cedar Rapids (Ramon Ortiz, Brandon Puffer, Jerrod Riggan, Rob Sasser and Shawn Wooten).

1997 August 7 CR Gazette Ramon Ortiz No-hitter

This date in Kernels history – August 29, 2010 – Randal Grichuk

On August 29, 2010,  Randal Grichuk went 2-4 at the plate with a HR, two RBI and scored a pair of runs as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Quad Cities River Bandits 5-2. Randal Grichuk hit .292 with 19 doubles, 7 HR and 36 RBI in 52 games during the 2010 season for the Kernels. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 82-56 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels lost to Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs. Grichuk returned to play in 32 games for the 2011 Kernels squad hitting .230 with 2 HR and 13 RBI. Cedar Rapids finished the 2011 season with a 61-78 record under manager Brent Del Chiaro.

Randal Grichuk hit .283 with 4 doubles, 1 HR and 6 RBI for the Inland Empire 66ers (Hi-A) in 14 games after being promoted in 2011. Grichuk is hitting .290 with 27 doubles, 9 triples, 17 HR and 66 RBI for the Inland Empire 66ers 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 Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 7, 1997 – Ramon Ortiz No-Hits Quad Cities. Kernels win 12-0

On August 7, 1997, Ramon Ortiz pitched a complete game no-hitter against the Quad Cities River Bandits as the Kernels won 12-0 at John O’Donnell Stadium. Ortiz faced one over the minimum number of batters and struck out 14 without issuing a walk. The River Bandits managed just two base runners, each reaching by errors, in the contest. Rob Sasser, Shawn Wooten and Jeff Guiel each homered for the Kernels.

Ramon Ortiz has compiled a 86-84 record in 11 MLB seasons pitching for the Angels, Reds, Nations, Twins, Rockies, Dodgers and Cubs. Ortiz posted a 1-2 mark with a 4.86 E.R.A. in 22 games for the Chicago Cubs in 2011. He has a 9-5 record with a 3.20 E.R.A. in 22 starts for the the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre Yankees (AAA) in 2012.

This following article was published in the August 8, 1997 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League contest against the Quad Cities River Bandits held on August 7, 1997. The 1997 Cedar Rapids Kernels featured five players who played in Major League baseball after their time in Cedar Rapids (Ramon Ortiz, Brandon Puffer, Jerrod Riggan, Rob Sasser and Shawn Wooten). The 1997 Cedar Rapids Kernels posted a 62-76 record under manager Mario Mendoza’s guidance.

This date in Kernels history – August 7, 2008 – Gabe Jacobo

On August 7, 2008, Gabe Jacobo went 4-4 at the plate with three doubles, four RBI and scored a run as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Quad Cities River Bandits 10-1.

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 .282 with four doubles and a pair of RBI in 11 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.

This date in Kernels history – August 4, 2009 – Alexi Amarista (2008-09)

On August 4, 2009, Alexi Amarista went 3-4 at the plate with a double, a HR, two RBI and scored a run as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Quad Cities River Bandits 3-2. Alexi Amarista played just one game for Cedar Rapids in 2008, but returned in 2009 where he hit .319 with 39 doubles, 10 triples, 4 HR, 49 RBI and stole 38 bases as he claimed the Midwest League Batting title and was selected to to mid-season All-Star game squad. 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. Amarista made his major league debut on April 26, 2011 and hit .154 in 23 games for the Angels last year.

The San Diego Padres traded reliever Ernesto Frieri to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim earlier this season to acquire 2009 Alexi Amarista (2008-09) and Donn Roach (2011) who was the Angels 3rd round pick in the 2010 draft. Amarista is hitting .272 with 10 doubles, 4 HR and 23 RBI in 62 games for the Padres since the trade.

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 – June 30, 2010 – Tyler Skaggs

On June 30, 2010, Tyler Skaggs pitched five shutout innings to earn the win as the Kernels defeated the Beloit Snappers 1-0. Skaggs struck out two while allowing two hits and two walks in the victory.

Tyler Skaggs posted a 8-4 record with a 3.61 E.R.A. in 19 games for Cedar Rapids in 2010. Skaggs struck out 82 batters in 82 1/3 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 82-56 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels lost to Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs.

Tyler Skaggs was acquired along with Joe Saunders (2002), Patrick Corbin (2010) and Rafael Rodriguez (2003-05) in exchange for Dan Haren on July 25, 2010. He has compiled a 3-3 record with a 2.72 E.R.A. in 9 starts for Mobile (AA) this season.

Tyler Skaggs was added to the 2012 MLB Futures Game roster this week to replace Trevor Bauer. Skaggs started the game last year for team USA. There will be three Kernels alumni in the game this year. Ariel Pena (2010) and Jean Segura (2010) have been selected to the World team.

Sorry for the late night post. My family went to Quad Cities for the Kernels game tonight to claim some Cael Sanderson bobbleheads. Kernels came back with six runs in the ninth but gave up two in the bottom to lose 8-7. R.J. Alvarez struck out two more batters in a scoreless inning of relief. Alvarez has struck out 11 batters in 7 innings of work without allowing a run thus far 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 – June 29, 2011 – Heath Nichols

On June 29, 2011, Heath Nichols pitched a complete game to lead the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 7-1 victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits. Nichols struck out three while allowing five hits and two walks in the game.

Heath Nichols posted a 6-7 record with a 3.88 E.R.A. in 20 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2011. Nichols struck out 77 batters in 113 2/3 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the 2011 season with a 61-78 record under manager Brent Del Chiaro.

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.

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