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More Cedar Rapids Alumni Minor League signings

Sprouting News LogoThis morning’s Sean O’Sullivan (2007) to the Padres post made me realize that I had been tweeting a lot of the minor league free agent signings, but I had not been updating them here on the blog. Here is the most updated list to the best of my knowledge.

David HerndonDavid Herndon (2007) was claimed off waivers twice this off season and then was designated for assignment by the Yankees to accompany additional roster moves. Herndon then chose to sign a minor league deal with the Yankees. He posted a 2-8 record with a 3.85 E.R.A. in 97 games for the Phillies between 2010 and 2012 appearing in just five games this season before the injury shut him down.

David Herndon posted a 13-8 record with a 4.02 E.R.A. with two complete games in 25 appearances for Cedar Rapids in 2007. Herndon struck out 83 batters in 152 1/3 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 78-61 record under manager Ever Magallanes. The Kernels lost to the Clinton Lumberkings in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs.

Darwin PerezDarwin Perez (2009) signed a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics after spending seven seasons in the Angels organization. Perez hit .214 with 6 HR and 36 RBI in 126 games for the Arkansas Travelers in 2012. He won the Rawlings MiLB Gold Glove at second base in 2011.

Darwin Perez hit .261 with 2 HR, 42 RBI and stole 11 bases in 106 games for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2009. Cedar Rapids 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.

Trevor RecklingTrevor Reckling (2008) has signed a minor league deal to join the Chicago White Sox organization. Reckling pitched in the Angels organization for six seasons. He appeared in just four games for the Inland Empire 66ers in 2012. Reckling pitched in the 2009 Futures Game for team USA and reached as high as Triple-A pitching for the Salt Lake Bees in 2010 at the age of 21.

Trevor Reckling posted a 10-7 record with a 3.37 E.R.A. with one complete game in 26 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2008. Reckling struck out 128 batters in 152 1/3 innings of work and was selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star game. 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.

Alberto Rosario (2008) signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox. Rosario caught within the Angels organization for the last seven seasons. He split time playing for the Arkansas Travelers and the Salt Lake Bees in 2012.

Alberto Rosario hit .239 in 14 games for the 2008 Cedar Rapids Kernels squad before being promoted to play for the the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

Hainley StatiaHainley Statia (2006) re-signed with the Milwaukee Brewers agreeing to a minor league contract. Statia split time playing for the Huntsville Stars and the Nashville Sounds in 2012.

Hainley Statia hit .297 with 31 doubles, 1 HR, 38 RBI and stole 23 bases for the 2006 Kernels squad. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-74 record under manager Bobby Magallanes.

Rich Thompson (2003) signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this week. Thompson has compiled a 3-4 record with a 4.21 E.R.A. in six MLB seasons playing for the Angels and Athletics. He has struck out 105 batters in 104 2/3 innings of work in 82 games.

Rich ThompsonRich Thompson posted a 1-2 record with a miniscule 0.24 E.R.A. and 9 saves in 31 games for the 2003 Cedar Rapids Kernels. The team finished in 10th place at 66-72 under manager Todd Claus. Thompson played in the 2007 Futures game representing Australia on the World team.

Brandon Wood (2004) signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals. Wood had spent the 2012 season playing for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies Triple-A) where he hit .259 with 10 HR and 64 RBI in 119 games. Brandon Wood has hit .186 with 18 HR and 64 RBI during his five MLB seasons playing for the Angels and Pirates.

Brandon WoodBrandon Wood was a member of the 2004 Cedar Rapids Kernels team that finished with a record of 75-64 under manager Bobby Magallanes. The Kernels lost in the 1st round of the Midwest League playoffs to the Clinton Lumbkerkings. Wood hit .251 with 11 HR, 30 doubles, 64 RBI and stole 21 bases in 125 games for the Kernels. He won the Midwest League HR Derby at the 2004 MWL All-Star game hosted in Cedar Rapids.

That is all for now. I will continue to try and add these as I see them.

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.

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