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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.

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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.

Jeff Mathis (2002) headed to Miami Marlins as part of blockbuster deal

The Toronto Blue Jays have traded Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez,  Anthony DeSclafani, Justin Nicolini, Jake Marisnick and Jeff Mathis (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002) to the Miami Marlins to acquire Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck, Emilio Bonifacio and $4 million in cash according to reports . The deal saddens me a bit as a Marlins fan to see them slash payroll once again only one year into their new stadium. It does give me a Cedar Rapids alum in Marlins uniform to cheer for again. I know a Marlins fan in Iowa doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I needed a National League team (Yankees fan from birth) and chose them over the Rockies in their expansion year. Dallas McPherson (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002) was our last alumni to play in a game for the Marlins back in 2008. Mathis will be facing an uphill battle for playing time with Rob Brantly being a fixture in the Marlins future plans after coming over from the Detroit Tigers along with Jacob Turner in the Anibal Sanchez / Omar Infante trade last season.

Jeff Mathis has hit .198 with 61 doubles, 31 HR and 166 RBI during his eight year MLB career playing for the Angels and Blue Jays. Mathis hit .218 with 8 HR and 27 RBI in 71 games for Toronto in 2012.

Jeff Mathis 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. Mathis hit .287 with 41 doubles, 10 HR and 73 RBI in 128 games for Cedar Rapids. He was inducted into the Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. Mathis was a great community guy making many public appearances for the Kernels while he was in Cedar Rapids back in 2002. He continued the support conducting a catchers camp at Perfect Game’s facilities in the morning during his trip back for our Hall of Fame banquet in 2011.

New York Yankees Claim David Herndon (2007) off waivers from Blue Jays

The New York Yankees claimed David Herndon (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2007) off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays today. This will be Herndon’s third team in the past few weeks. Toronto selected Herndon off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies on October 23, but designated him for assignment to make room on the 40 man roster with additional transactions. Herndon underwent Tommy John surgery this past June and would be on a time frame to return mid-season 2013. 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.

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

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