Joe Saunders (2002) has signed a one year free agent deal with the Seattle Mariners. Joe Saunders 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. Saunders was 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA in five starts for the Kernels. He struck out 27 batters in 28 2/3 innings of work.
Saunders posted a 3-3 record with a 3.63 E.R.A. in 7 starts for the Orioles in 2012. The Baltimore Orioles traded Matt Lindstrom and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks to acquire Joe Saunders (2002) on August 26 this season. He had posted a 6-10 record with a 4.22 E.R.A. in 21 starts for Arizona prior to the trade. Saunders was acquired by the Diamondbacks along with Patrick Corbin (2010), Tyler Skaggs (2010) and Rafael Rodriguez (2003-05) from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Dan Haren on July 25, 2010. Saunders has compiled a 78-65 career MLB record with a 4.15 E.R.A. in eight season pitching for the Angels, Diamondbacks and Orioles.
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.
There were eight Cedar Rapids Kernels alumni who made their MLB debut in 2012. Barret Browning, David Carpenter, Patrick Corbin, Miguel Gonzalez, Jean Segura, Tyler Skaggs, Will Smith and Andrew Taylor were among the 35 Kernels alumni who played in a MLB game in 2012. The number is down slightly from the 39 former alumni who played in a MLB game in 2011.
2012 was the fifth time there has been three Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni players selected to the same All-Star game (2012, 2007, 1991, 1984 and 1966). Mike Napoli (2001-02), Mike trout (2009-10) and Mark Trumbo (2006-07) each made their first all-star teams. We have never had more than three appear in the same season.Here is the link to our full all-star selection list.
Here is the complete list of our alumni appearing in a MLB game with the teams they played for and the year designating the season they were in Cedar Rapids.
Erick Aybar (2003) Angels
Peter Bourjos (2007) Angels
Barret Browning (2007) Cardinals
Alberto Callaspo (2003) Angels
David Carpenter (2010) Angels
Bobby Cassevah (2007) Angels
Alexi Casilla (2004-05) Twins
Tyler Chatwood (2009) Rockies
Hank Conger (2007) Angels
Patrick Corbin (2010) Diamondbacks
David Herndon (2007) Phillies
Kevin Jepsen (2003) Angels
Howard Kendrick (2004) Angels
Casey Kotchman (2002) Indians
Jeff Mathis (2002) Blue Jays
Mike Napoli (2001-02) Rangers
Darren O’Day (2006) Orioles
Joel Peralta (2001-02) Rays
Garrett Richards (2010) Angels
Fernando Rodriguez (2005) Astros
Sean Rodriguez (2004-05) Rays
Andrew Romine (2008) Angels
Ervin Santana (2002) Angels
Jean Segura (2010) Angels & Brewers
Tyler Skaggs (2010) Diamondbacks
Will Smith (2009) Royals
Andrew Taylor (2009) Angels
Rich Thompson (2003) Angels & Athletics
Mike Trout (2009-10) Angels
Mark Trumbo (2006-07) Angels
Jordan Walden (2008) Angels
Bobby Wilson (2004) Angels