This date in Kernels history – August 16, 2005 – Alexi Casilla
On August 16, 2005, Alexi Casilla went 3-4 at the plate to raise his batting average to .318 and stole three bases in the Cedar Rapids Kernels 5-1 win over the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Nick Green pitched a complete game to earn the win. Green struck out six batters without issuing a walk and allowed six hits to improve to 3-2 on the year.
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 .247 with 11 HR, 141 RBI and stole 64 bases during his seven MLB seasons thus far with the Twins. Casilla is batting .220 with 13 doubles, 1 HR, 24 RBI and has stolen 14 bases in 83 games during the 2012 season.