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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).

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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.

Jean Segura (2010) is 17th former Cedar Rapids Kernels player selected to the MLB Futures Game

Jean Segura (2010) has been selected to represent the Angels in the 14th annual Futures Game. There have been 17 different Cedar Rapids Kernels alumni who have been selected to the Futures Game roster. Three players were selected twice (Ramon Ortiz, Jeff Mathis and Mike Trout).

Jean Segura hit .313 with 24 doubles, 12 triples, 10 HR, 79 RBI and stole 50 bases in 130 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. Segura was selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star game.

Jean Segura hit .293 with 12 doubles, 4 HR, 26 RBI and stole 18 bases playing for the Tempe Angels and the Inland Empire 66ers in 2011. Segura is hitting .291 with 5 HR, 31 RBI and has stolen 27 bases in 70 games for the Arkansas Travelers in 2012.

Past Kernels Futures Game Representatives
1999     Ramon Ortiz

2000     Ramon Ortiz

2001

2002

2003     Jeff Mathis, Ervin Santana

2004     Jeff Mathis, Dallas McPherson

2005     Bobby Jenks, Brandon Wood

2006     Nick Adenhart, Howard Kendrick

2007     Freddy Sandoval, Rich Thompson

2008     Kevin Jepsen

2009     Trevor Reckling

2010     Hank Conger-MVP, Luis Jimenez, Mike Trout

2011     Tyler Skaggs, Mike Trout

Cael’s Collection – Printing Plate Cards – Bedrosian, Mount and Ortiz

Cael’s Collection  – Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Baseball Cards


The previous entry about our baseball card team set giveaway coming up this Sunday got me thinking. I started this blog in February 2011 and one of the early categories of posts was named Cael’s Collection. It highlighted the baseball cards of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni that I have picked up over the years. Cael is now 2 1/2 and someday all these will be his, so he gets the naming rights of this portion of my blog. Unfortunately for him, most of my cards are of minimal value, but the fun is in the hunt I suppose.

I pick up cards of our alumni at local shows, regional shows if I can time visiting my older brother in Chicago correctly and we even hit the National the year it was in Chicago. Several of our local guys help me out when they are breaking boxes and hold on to stuff for me often with minimal or no payment. I am always in your debt Brian, John and Tim. You still have an open account to my comp tickets to Kernels games. The most common acquisition form has been the always present Ebay. It’s a dangerous place when you have 383 major league alumni and countless other minor leaguers who have had baseball cards produced.

I haven’t made a Cael’s Collection post in quite some time so I will be making up for lost time sharing some of my recent additions. Recently, I picked up a Cam Bedrosian printing plate card up off of Ebay for a reasonable price. Printing plate cards are a fairly recent addition to the collector’s market. Each set of cards is produced using large printing plates. There are four different printing plates used for each card (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). The plates are cut up and individual printing plate cards are then inserted into product at a very low rate making these among the rarest of cards. Each is designated as a one of one card as there is no other one like it in the world.

I have picked up three printing plate cards of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni. Ebay has been the source of these finds. A Ryan Mount 2005 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospect black printing plate card BDP45 1 of 1 card cost me $10 back in 2007. I was lucky enough to get him to sign it while he was here with the Kernels that season. Last year, I bought a Ramon Ortiz 2005 Topps Chrome black printing plate card BDP45 1 of 1 card for $11 and then this past month I picked up the earlier mentioned Cam Bedrosian 2011 Bowman Chrome magenta printing plate card BCP156 1 of 1 card for $13. Bedrosian was kind enough to sign  it for me.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 22, 2002 – Ramon Ortiz

On October 22, 2002,  Ramon Ortiz (Cedar Rapids Kernels– 1997) worked five innings while allowing four runs to earn the win as the Angels defeated the Giants 10-4 in game three of the 2002 World Series at Pacific Bell Park. Ortiz struck out three while allowing four walks and five hits.

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 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.

Tyler Skaggs (2010) set to start Futures Game for US squad

Tyler Skaggs (2010) has been selected to be the starting pitcher for the U.S. team at the 13th annual XM All-Star Futures Game that will start tonight at Arizona’s Chase Field at 5 p.m. CST. Skaggs went 8-4 with a 3.61 ERA while striking out 82 in 82 1/3 innings of work prior to being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of the Dan Haren deal. Skaggs is the 16th different former Kernels player to be selected to play in the Futures Game.

Mike Trout (2009-10) was also selected to play for the U.S. team but was promoted to join the Angels this past week leading up to the All-Star break. Trout would have joined Ramon Ortiz (1997) and Jeff Mathis (2002) as former Kernels who made multiple appearances at the Futures Game.

Past Kernels Futures Game Representatives
1999     Ramon Ortiz
2000     Ramon Ortiz
2001
2002
2003     Jeff Mathis, Ervin Santana
2004     Jeff Mathis, Dallas McPherson
2005     Bobby Jenks, Brandon Wood
2006     Nick Adenhart, Howard Kendrick
2007     Freddy Sandoval, Rich Thompson
2008     Kevin Jepsen
2009     Trevor Reckling
2010     Hank Conger-MVP, Luis Jimenez, Mike Trout

Cubs sign Ramon Ortiz (1997) to a minor league deal

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      MLBTradeRumors.com is reporting the Chicago Cubs have signed Ramon Ortiz (1997) to a minor league contract. He will report to the Iowa Cubs and make his first start on Monday. Ortiz threw 30 innings for the Dodgers last year before pitching in the minors for the Mets and the Rays. He owns a 85-82 record with a 4.93 ERA in his 10 big league seasons.

     Ramon 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 2001 Bowman GUJ FGR-RO small.jpg     The 2010 Kernels squads posted two no-hitters. Fabio Martinez, Kyle Hurst and Mike Kenney combined to pitch a no-hitter for the Kernels on April 30 against Kane County. Stephen Locke then pitched a rain shorted five inning no hitter against Peoria on July 11.

Cael’s Collection – Ramon Ortiz 2001 Bowman FGR-RO

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Cael’s Collection  – Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Baseball Cards

The Cedar Rapids Kernels have been well represented at the Futures Games that have been held as part of the MLB All-Star game festivities each year since 1999. 15 Kernels players have been selected as members of the minor league showcase including two who have made appearances in multiple years (Ramon Ortiz and Jeff Mathis). This past season, three Kernels (Hank Conger, Luis Jimenez and Mike Trout) played in the game and Hank Conger took home the game’s MVP trophy. What does this have to do with Cael’s Collection? Topps has produced game used jersey cards of each of the games that have been included in their Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects sets and now more recently in their Topps Pro Debut minor league sets.

Today’s card has multiple stories to tell. The 2001 Ramon Ortiz game used jersey card FGR-RO was one of the earliest game used cards companies started producing to boost interest in the industry. Almost every new set produced now has versions of game used jerseys, bats, hats etc. to garner interest of the collector.

The second story is the one of warning. Ebay can be great for finding those cards that are tough to find. However, the postal service and Ebay sellers can often cause damage to the card while it is en route. This card wasn’t packaged very well and arrived with large creases on the back. Its tough to prove to the seller you aren’t a crackpot trying to take advantage of them and I figured it part of the deal utilizing Ebay to collect. This card cost less than $5 including Shipping and handling so I wasn’t out a great deal.

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Ramon Ortiz was the first Kernels player to make the Futures Game roster. He was a member of the inaugural World team roster in 1999 and was selected in 2000 as well. Ortiz was the last Cedar Rapids pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Old Veterans Memorial Stadium when he shut down Quad City (12-0) on August 7, 1997. Ortiz posted a 11-10 mark and struck out 225 batters in 1997 leading the team with a 3.58 E.R.A. The Kernels finished with a 63-75 record under manager Mario Mendoza.

Ramon Ortiz has compiled a 85-82 record with a 4.93 E.R.A. during his 10 MLB seasons playing for the Angels, Reds, Nationals, Twins, Rockies and Dodgers.

Kernels Futures Game Representatives
1999     Ramon Ortiz
2000     Ramon Ortiz
2001
2002
2003     Jeff Mathis, Ervin Santana
2004     Jeff Mathis, Dallas McPherson
2005     Bobby Jenks, Brandon Wood
2006     Nick Adenhart, Howard Kendrick
2007     Freddy Sandoval, Rich Thompson
2008     Kevin Jepsen
2009     Trevor Reckling
2010     Hank Conger-MVP, Luis Jimenez, Mike Trout

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