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Mike Trout (2009-10) named 2012 American League Rookie of the Year

Mike Trout (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2009-10) became the second player in Cedar Rapids professional baseball history to win a Rookie of the Year award and he is the first to win the award in the American League. Chris Sabo (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1983) won the National League Rookie of the Year in 1988. We have had three players finish second in the voting – Rocky Colavito in 1956 (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952), Ron Hunt in 1963 (Cedar Rapids Braves 1960-61) and Mark Trumbo in 2011 (Cedar Rapids Kernels 2006-07). Trout was the eighth unanimous selection in American League history receiving all 28 votes.

Mike Trout hit .326 (2nd) with 27 doubles, 8 triples, 30 HR and 83 RBI in 139 games for the Angels in 2012. Trout led the American League with 49 stolen bases and 129 runs scored. He posted a .399 on base percentage and a .963 OPS while leading the league with a 10.7 WAR (Wins above replacement) and a 5.3 WPA (Win Probability Added).

Mike Trout hit .267 in 5 games for the 2009 Kernels squad late in the season. Trout returned to Cedar Rapids in 2010 where he hit .362 with 19 doubles,7 triples, 6 HR, 39 RBI and stole 45 bases in 81 games. He was named to the 2010 Midwest League All-Star game, played in the XM Futures Game in Anaheim and swept Midwest League post season awards winning the 2010 MWL batting title, MWL Player of the Year award and MWL Prospect of the year award. Trout became the youngest recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps Minor League Player of the Year in 2010. He earned Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year Award in 2011. 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.

Here is the list of all our former players who have finished in the top seven in the voting.

Rocky Colavito     2nd   AL   1956   Cedar Rapids Indians (1952)

Dick Drott               3rd   NL   1957   Cedar Rapids Raiders (1954)

Ron Hunt                 2nd   NL   1963   Cedar Rapids Braves (1960-61)

Hector Cruz            3rd   NL   1976    Cedar Rapids Cardinals (1970-72)

Chili Davis               4th   NL   1982   Cedar Rapids Giants (1978)

Chris Sabo               1st    NL   1988   Cedar Rapids Reds (1983)

Reggie Sanders      4th   NL   1992   Cedar Rapids Reds (1990)

Bill Risley                 4th   AL   1994   Cedar Rapids Reds (1989-90)

Jason Dickson        3rd   AL   1997   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1995)

Bengie Molina         4th   AL   2000   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1994-95)

John Lackey            4th   AL   2002   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2000)

Mark Trumbo          2nd   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2006-07)

Jordan Walden        7th   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2008)

Mike Trout                1st    AL   2012   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2009-10)

This date in Kernels alumni history – December 6, 2011 – Bengie Molina

On December 6, 2006, the San Francisco Giants signed free agent catcher Bengie Molina (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1994-95) to a three year contract that will pay Molina $16.75M over the three year period.

Bengie Molina hit .274 with 144 HR and 711 RBI during his 13 year career playing for the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers. Molina finished fourth in the 2000 Rookie of the year vote and won Gold Glove awards in 2002 and 2003. He played in two World Series (2002 and 2010) and won a championship with the Angels in 2002. He earned a Championship ring in the 2010 World Series even though he played in the series for the Rangers on the losing side. Molina was traded midseason from the championship Giants squad on July 1, 2010.

Bengie Molina was a member of the 1994 and 1995 Cedar Rapids Kernels squads. In 1994, Bengie Molina hit .281 with 3 HR, 8 doubles and 16 RBI in 48 games as the Kernels finished 77-62 under manager Tom Lawless. Molina and the Kernels defeated Springfield in two straight games in the opening round and then topped Rockford taking three of four games to win the 1994 Midwest League Championship. Molina returned in 1995 and hit .293 with 4 HR, 9 doubles and 17 RBI in 37 games before his promotion as the Kernels finished 76-62 under manager Tom Lawless.

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 14, 2011 – Mark Trumbo

On November 14, 2011, Mark Trumbo (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2006-07) finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting to Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays today. Trumbo collected five first place votes and finished with 63 points compared to Hellickson’s 17 first place votes and 102 points. Trumbo led the Angels in HR and RBI. He finished the year hitting .254 with 29 HR and 87 RBI.

The runner-up finish is the highest place a Cedar Rapids alumni has finished in the American League voting. Chris Sabo (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1983) is the only former Cedar Rapids Alumni to win the National League Rookie of the Year award – 1988. Trumbo joins Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) (American League 1956) and Ron Hunt (Cedar Rapids Braves 1960-61) (National League 1963) as the only Rookie of the year runner-ups in Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni history.

Rookie of the Year Finishes by Cedar Rapids Alumni

Rocky Colavito     2nd   AL   1956   Cedar Rapids Indians (1952)

Dick Drott               3rd   NL   1957   Cedar Rapids Raiders (1954)

Ron Hunt                 2nd   NL   1963   Cedar Rapids Braves (1960-61)

Hector Cruz            3rd   NL   1976    Cedar Rapids Cardinals (1970-72)

Chili Davis               4th   NL   1982   Cedar Rapids Giants (1978)

Chris Sabo               1st    NL   1988   Cedar Rapids Reds (1983)

Reggie Sanders      4th   NL   1992   Cedar Rapids Reds (1990)

Bill Risley                 4th   AL   1994   Cedar Rapids Reds (1989-90)

Jason Dickson        3rd   AL   1997   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1995)

Bengie Molina         4th   AL   2000   Cedar Rapids Kernels (1994-95)

John Lackey            4th   AL   2002   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2000)

Mark Trumbo          2nd   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2006-07)

Jordan Walden        7th   AL   2011   Cedar Rapids Kernels (2008)

Erick Aybar (2003) earns first Rawlings Gold Glove Award

Erick Aybar (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2003) won the American League Rawlings Gold Glove at shortstop last night. He is the sixth former Cedar Rapids professional baseball alum to win a Gold Glove joining Bengie Molina x2 (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1994-95), Eric Davis x3 (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982), Ken Reitz (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1969), Bobby Knoop x3 (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1958) and John Roseboro x2 (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1955). In 2011, Aybar tied for third among AL shortstops with a .980 fielding percentage. He topped the AL with the most double plays turned by an AL shortstop this season (102) and set career-highs in total chances (659) and assists (459).

Erick Aybar hit .308 with six HR, 10 triples, 57 RBI and stole 32 bases in 125 games for the 2003 Cedar Rapids Kernels. The team finished in 10th place at 66-72 under manager Todd Claus.

Cedar Rapids Alumni who have won Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

2011 Erick Aybar  American League SS  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 2003)

2003 Bengie Molina  American League C  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 1994-95)

2002 Bengie Molina  American League C  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 1994-95)

1989 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1988 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1987 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1975 Ken Reitz  National League 3B  (Cedar Rapids Cardinals 1969)

1968 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1967 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1966 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1966 John Roseboro National League  C  (Cedar Rapids Raiders 1955)

1961 John Roseboro National League C  (Cedar Rapids Raiders 1955)

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 29, 2009 – Bengie Molina

On September 29, 2009, Bengie Molina (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1994-95) went 4-5 at the plate with two HR and four RBI to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 8-4 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Bengie Molina hit .274 with 144 HR and 711 RBI during his 13 year career playing for the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers. Molina finished fourth in the 2000 Rookie of the year vote and won Gold Glove awards in 2002 and 2003. He played in two World Series (2002 and 2010) and won a championship with the Angels in 2002.

Bengie Molina was a member of the 1994 and 1995 Cedar Rapids Kernels squads. In 1994, Bengie Molina hit .281 with 3 HR, 8 doubles and 16 RBI in 48 games as the Kernels finished 77-62 under manager Tom Lawless. Molina and the Kernels defeated Springfield in two straight games in the opening round and then topped Rockford taking three of four games to win the 1994 Midwest League Championship. Molina returned in 1995 and hit .293 with 4 HR, 9 doubles and 17 RBI in 37 games before his promotion as the Kernels finished 76-62 under manager Tom Lawless.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 29, 2003

On August 29, 2006, Bengie Molina (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1994-95) went 3-4 at the plate with a HR, five RBI and scored a run as the Angels defeated the Royals 10-3.

Bengie Molina hit .274 with 144 HR and 711 RBI during his 14 year career playing for the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers.

Bengie Molina was a member of the 1994 and 1995 Cedar Rapids Kernels teams. In 1994, Molina hit .281 with 3 HR and 16 RBI in 48 games as the Kernels finished 77-62 under manager Tom Lawless. Molina and the Kernels defeated Springfield in two straight games in the opening round tand then topped Rockford taking three of four games to win the 1994 Midwest League Championship.

In 1995, Molina hit .293 with 4 HR and 17 RBI in 39 games before earning a promotion as the team finished in 3rd place with a mark of 76-62 under manager Tom Lawless and lost in the opening round of the playoffs to Quad Cities (2-1).

The Harvester – Harvesting the News for Alumni Reports

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgThe Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports

This feature is a morning report sharing the links to recent news of Kernels Alumni. Previously, we updating these throughout the day on Facebook as they happened. I will be posting each morning to try and keep the links as relevant and fresh as I can. If something comes across during the day, it likely will sneak into another post. Without further delay, Your Harvester Links for 3/19/11:

Scot Shields (1998) Retires – MLB.com

Scot Shields (1998) Announces Retirement – LATimes.com

Angels Send 4 to Minor League Camp – OCRegister.com

Bengie Molina (1994-95) Still Wants to Play – MLBTradeRumors.com

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