This date in Kernels history – July 31, 2005 – Alexi Casilla
On July 31, 2005, Alexi Casilla went 2-4 at the plate to raise his batting average to .335. Casilla led the way with a HR, two RBI and scored a pair of runs in the Cedar Rapids Kernels 5-0 win over the Dayton Dragons at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Alexi Casilla was a member of the 2004 and 2005 Cedar Rapids Kernels teams. The 2004 Kernels squad 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 Lumberkings. Casilla hit .310 with a triple, 2 doubles and 1 RBI in 9 games for the Kernels. He returned as a member of the 2005 Kernels squad that finished 65-75 under manager Bobby Magallanes. Casilla hit .325 with 3 HR, 11 doubles, 17 RBI and stole 29 bases in 78 games for the Kernels.
The Minnesota Twins acquired Alexi Casilla in exchange for J.C. Romero on December 9, 2005 from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Casilla has hit .248 with 10 HR, 137 RBI and stole 62 bases during his seven MLB seasons thus far with the Twins. Casilla is batting .212 with 11 doubles, 20 RBI and has stolen 12 bases in 71 games during the 2012 season.