This date in Kernels history – May 9, 2006 – Nick Adenhart
On May 9, 2006, Nick Adenhart led the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 9-0 victory over the Dayton Dragons. Adenhart worked 7 shutout innings striking out nine batters while allowing one hit and one walk to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Nick Adenhart posted a 10-2 record and a 1.95 E.R.A. in 16 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2006. Adenhart struck out 99 batters in 106 innings of work. He was selected to the 2006 Futures Game roster, played in the 2006 Midwest League All-Star game and earned Midwest League post season All-Star squad honors. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-74 record under manager Bobby Magallanes.
Nick Adenhart was a bright young pitcher who played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2006, and was a rising star in the Los Angeles Angels organization. Adenhart made his MLB debut on May 1, 2008. Only hours after Nick’s 2009 season debut on the mound for the Angels, a drunk driver tragically killed him on April 9, 2009 at age 22. Adenhart compiled a 1-0 record with a 6.00 E.R.A. in four career starts for the Angels.
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.