Warner Madrigal (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2004-07) has signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Madrigal made his major league debut on July 2, 2008 with the Texas Rangers. He compiled a 0-2 record with one save and a 6.10 E.R.A. in 44 games during two seasons (2008-09) for the Rangers. Madrigal struck out 27 batters in 48 2/3 innings of work. He appeared in a pair of games for the Trenton Thunder (New York Yankees – Double-A) in 2011.
Warner Madrigal posted a 5-4 record with 20 saves and a 2.07 E.R.A. in 54 games for Cedar Rapids in 2007. Madrigal struck out 75 batters in 61 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. Madrigal played for the Kernels as an outfielder during the 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Dallas McPherson (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002) has signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. McPherson hit .265 with 17 HR and 62 RBI splitting time playing for the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox – Triple-A) and the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates – Triple-A) in 2012. He has hit .241 with 18 HR and 45 RBI in 139 games over 5 MLB seasons playing for the Angels, Marlins and White Sox. McPherson last played in the bigs with the White Sox in 2011.
Dallas McPherson 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. McPherson hit .277 with 15 HR, 88 RBI and stole 30 bases in 132 games for the Kernels.
Ramon Ortiz (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1997) has signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays that includes an invitation to spring training. Ortiz pitched for the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre Yankees (Triple-A) in 2012 posting a 13-6 record with a 3.45 E.R.A. in 27 starts.
Ramon Ortiz has posted a 86-84 record with a 4.93 ERA thus far during his 11 season MLB career playing for the Angels, Reds, Nationals, Twins, Rockies, Dodgers and Cubs.
Ramon Ortiz was a member of the 1997 Cedar Rapids Kernels squad that finished 62-76 under manager Mario Mendoza. Ortiz posted a 11-10 record and a ERA of 3.58. He led the Kernels with 225 strikeouts in 181 innings of work. Ortiz had recorded the only Kernels no-hitter prior to the 2010 season when he shutdown Quad City on August 7, 1997. Ramon Ortiz pitched a complete game no-hitter against the Quad Cities River Bandits as the Kernels won 12-0 at John O’Donnell Stadium. Ortiz faced one over the minimum number of batters and struck out 14 without issuing a walk. The River Bandits managed just two base runners, each reaching by errors, in the contest. Rob Sasser, Shawn Wooten and Jeff Guiel each homered for the Kernels.
This following article was published in the August 8, 1997 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League contest against the Quad Cities River Bandits held on August 7, 1997. The 1997 Cedar Rapids Kernels featured five players who played in Major League baseball after their time in Cedar Rapids (Ramon Ortiz, Brandon Puffer, Jerrod Riggan, Rob Sasser and Shawn Wooten).
Bobby 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.
This 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Sean O’Sullivan (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2007) has signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres which included an invite to spring training. O’Sullivan pitched for the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) in the Royals organization before a mid season trade sent him to the Blue Jays. He posted a 9-3 record with a 2.72 E.R.A. for the Las Vegas 51s (AAA) in 14 starts following the trade.
Sean O’Sullivan posted a 10-7 record with a 2.22 E.R.A. in 25 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2007. O’Sullivan struck out 125 batters in 158 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.
Sean O’Sullivan made his major league debut on June 16, 2009 with the Los Angeles Angels. O’Sullivan was acquired along with Will Smith by the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Alberto Callaspo on July 22, 2010. He had compiled a 10-14 record with a 6.13 E.R.A. in 43 games over three seasons (2009-11) with the Angels and the Royals.
This date in Kernels alumni history – December 12, 1980 – Ted Simmons (1967) was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers
On December 12, 1980, the Milwaukee Brewers traded Lary Sorensen, Sixto Lezcano, David Green and Dave LaPoint to the St. Louis Cardinals to acquire Ted Simmons (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1967), Rollie Fingers and Pete Vuckovich. Fingers and Vuckovich went on to the the American League Cy Young awards in 1981 and 1982 respectively and Simmons was selected to the A.L. all-star squads in 1981 and 1983. All three were instrumental in the Brewers 1982 American League pennant winning squad which lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
Ted Simmons, an eight-time All-Star hit .285 with 248 HR and 1389 RBI during his 21 year career playing for the Cardinals Brewers and Braves. Simmons retired with more career hits (2472) and more career doubles (483) than any catcher in the Hall of Fame. Simmons served as a member of the front office and field staff for the Pirates, Indians, Padres, Brewers and Mariners following his playing career. In 2012, he was a Senior Advisor to the General Manager for the Seattle Mariners.
Ted Simmons was a member of the 1967 Cedar Rapids Cardinals team that finished 53-67 under manager Jack Krol. Simmons hit .269 with 4 HR and 11 doubles in 47 games for the Cedar Rapids Cardinals.
On December 11, 1992, the California Angels signed Chili Davis (Cedar Rapids Giants – 1978) to a two year free agent contract that would pay him $5.3 million dollars for the 1993 and 1994 seasons. Davis was coming off a World Series championship season with the Minnesota Twins. This was his second stint with the Angels where he had played previously from 1988-1990.
Chili Davis, a three-time all-star, finished his career with a .274 batting average, 350 HR and 1372 RBI during his 19 year career with the Giants, Angels, Twins, Royals and Yankees. He won World Series titles with the Twins (1991) and Yankees (1998 and 1999). Davis served as the Oakland Athletics hitting coach in 2012.
This date in Kernels alumni history – December 9, 2012 – Quan Cosby returns three punts for the Jacksonviille Jaguars
On December 9, 2012, Quan Cosby (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2003-04) served as the Jacksonville Jaguars punt returner in their game against the New York Jets today. Cosby returned three punts for a total of 25 return yards averaging 8.3 yards per return. This is Cosby’s fourth team he has played for in the NFL. He had played previously for the Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts. Click here to see one of Cosby’s punt returns as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Quan Cosby was a member of the 2003 and 2004 Cedar Rapids Kernels squads. Cosby hit .249 with 17 stolen bases in 104 games during the 2003 season. The Kernels finished in 10th place at 66-72 under manager Todd Claus. Cosby returned in 2004 where he hit .249 with 24 stolen bases and 12 triples. The 2004 Cedar Rapids Kernels team 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.
Following the 2004 season, Quan Cosby decided to attend the University of Texas to play football under coach Mack Brown.
This date in Kernels alumni history – December 9, 1981 – Larry Herndon acquired by the Detroit Tigers
On December 9. 1981, the Detroit Tigers traded pitcher Dan Schatzeder and minor leaguer Mike Chris to the San Francisco Giants to acquire Larry Herndon (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1972). Herndon hit .292 with 23 HR and 88 RBI in his first season with the Tigers. He followed that up with a career best season in 1983 hitting .302 with 20 HR and 92 RBI. Herndon and the 1984 Tigers went on to win the World Series where he hit .333 with a HR and 3 RBI as the Tigers defeated the Padres in five games.
Larry Herndon hit .274 with 107 HR and 550 RBI during his 14 year MLB career playing for the Cardinals, Giants and Tigers. Herndon has served as a coach for the Lakeland Flying Tigers over the past few years.
Larry Herndon played briefly for the 1972 Cedar Rapids Cardinals team that finished with a mark of 51-77 under manager Gary Geiger. Herndon hit .286 in seven games.