This date in Kernels history – August 13, 2010 – Jean Segura / Johnny Hellweg
On August 13, 2010, Jean Segura went 2-4 at the plate with his eighth HR of the season lead the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 6-3 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Johnny Hellweg worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 15th save of the season. Hellweg struck out three while allowing two walks. 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.
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. Segura was selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star game. He appeared in the 2012 Futures Game along with former Kernels Ariel Pena (2010) and Tyler Skaggs (2010) during the MLB All-Star festivities. 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 hit .294 with 10 doubles, 7 HR, 40 RBI and stole 33 bases for the Arkansas Travelers in 93 games in 2012 before making his MLB debut on July 24, 2012.
Johnny Hellweg pitched five games for the Kernels at the end of the 2009 season posting a 0-0 record with a 1.35 E.R.A. and 2 saves. Hellweg returned in 2010 and went 2-4 with a 4.33 E.R.A. in 41 games finishing 36 games for 16 saves. He converted to the starting rotation with the Inland Empire 66ers last year posting a 6-4 record with a 3.73 E.R.A. in 28 games including 14 starts. Hellweg compiled a 5-10 record in 2012 for the Arkansas Travelers with a 3.38 E.R.A. in 21 starts. He struck out 88 batters in 119 2/3 innings of work.
The Milwaukee Brewers traded Zach Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels to acquire three former Kernels who were each were highly touted Angels prospects on July 27, 2012. Jean Segura, Johnny Hellweg and Ariel Pena (2010) were each included in the deal. Segura hit .433 with three doubles, four RBI and stole four bases for the Huntsville Stars before earning a promotion to join the Brewers. He has hit .286 with three RBI in six games with Milwaukee. Hellweg has posted a 2-0 record with a 2.70 E.R.A. striking out 10 batters in 10 innings of work for Huntsville since the trade.