Bobby Cassevah (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2007) has signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies. Cassevah elected free agency after being removed from the Angels 40 man roster earlier in the week. Bobby Cassevah posted a 2-1 record with 1 save and a 2.32 E.R.A. in 18 appearances out of the Kernels bullpen in 2007. Cassevah struck out 25 in 31 innings of work.
He made his MLB debut on April 9, 2010 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Cassevah has compiled a 3-3 record with a 3.20 E.R.A. in 50 games out of the Angels bullpen between 2010-12. He was 1-0 with a 7.20 E.R.A. in four games with the Angels in 2012.
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
On August 6, 2007, Mark Trumbo went 1-4 and hit his 11th HR of the season in the sixth inning to start a five run rally to lead the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 5-3 victory over the Clinton Lumberkings. Bobby Cassevah earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief work. Cassevah struck out two while allowing one hit. Warner Madrigal came on in the ninth to preserve the victory for his 11th save of the season.
Mark Trumbo hit .272 with 27 doubles, 14 HR and 76 RBI in 128 games during the 2007 season for the Kernels. 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. Trumbo hit .220 with 13 HR and 59 RBI for the 2006 Kernels squad which finished 65-74 under manager Bobby Magallanes.
Mark Trumbo finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting to Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. 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.
Mark Trumbo earned his first American League All-Star appearance in 2012. Trumbo is hitting .305 with 16 doubles, 26 HR (4th in the A.L.) and 65 RBI (5th in the A.L.) in 84 games for the Angels this season. Trumbo’s .979 OPS is currently the fourth highest in the American League.
Bobby Cassevah posted a 2-1 record with 1 save and a 2.32 E.R.A. in 18 appearances out of the Kernels bullpen. Cassevah struck out 25 in 31 innings of work. He made his MLB debut on April 9, 2010 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Cassevah has compiled a 3-3 record with a 3.20 E.R.A. in 50 games out of the Angels bullpen between 2010-12. He is 1-0 with a 7.20 E.R.A. in four games with the Angels this season.
This is my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.
27 former Kernels have played in a major league baseball game thus far in 2012. In the spirit of the MLB draft continuing into day two, here is that list of our alumni and which round they were selected in the draft. Several of these players were signed as international free agents and were not subject to the amateur draft.
Bobby Wilson (2004) is the lowest drafted player currently active in Major League baseball to my knowledge. Wilson was selected with the Angels 48th round pick, 1,417 pick overall, of the 2002 MLB Draft.
Darren O’Day (2006) was actually passed over in the draft and the Angels signed him as an undrafted free agent. The sidearm reliever has had a great start to the 2012 season with a 3-0 record with a 1.71 E.R.A. and 0.80 W.H.I.P. out of the Orioles bullpen.
Here is the full list of our Alumni who have played in a MLB game this season as of June 5, 2012. Each was selected by the Angels in the MLB draft. the team name designates their current squad for the 2012 season.
Casey Kotchman (Indians) – 1st round 2001
Garrett Richards (Angels) – 1st round 2009
Joe Saunders (Diamondbacks) – 1st round 2002
Mike Trout (Angels) – 1st round
Tyler Chatwood (Rockies) – 2nd round
Patrick Corbin (Diamondbacks) – 2nd round
Kevin Jepsen (Angels) – 2nd round
Sean Rodriguez (Rays) – 3rd round
David Herndon (Phillies) – 5th round
Will Smith (Royals) – 7th round
David Carpenter (Angels) – 9th round
Peter Bourjos (Angels) – 10th round
Howard Kendrick (Angels) – 10th round
Jordan Walden (Angels) – 12th round
Mike Napoli (Rangers) – 17th round
Fernando Rodriguez (Astros) – 18th round
Mark Trumbo (Angels) – 18th round
Bobby Cassevah (Angels) – 34th round
Bobby Wilson (Angels) – 48th round
Darren O’Day (Orioles) – Undrafted Free Agent
International Free Agents
Alexi Amarista (Padres)
Erick Aybar (Angels)
Alberto Callaspo (Angels)
Alexi Casilla (Twins)
Joel Peralta (Rays)
Ervin Santana (Angels)
Rich Thompson (Athletics)
Mark Trumbo (2006-07) fell a single short of hitting for the cycle as he went 3-5 at the plate with a double, a triple, a HR, drove in five runs and scored three runs as the Angels beat the Tigers 12-7. Alberto Callaspo (2003) was 3-4 with a double, a walk, stole a base and scored a run. Erick Aybar (2003) went 3-4 with a walk, two RBI, stole a base and scored a run, Howard Kendrick (2004) was 2-5 with two RBI and scored three runs, Peter Bourjos (2007) went 2-5 with a RBI and scored a pair of runs and Jeff Mathis (2002) went 2-4 with a RBI in the win.
Bobby Cassevah (2007) earned his first win of the season with 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Jordan Walden (2008) worked a scoreless ninth inning in the win.
Sean Rodriguez (2004-05) went 1-3 with a RBI a walk and scored two runs in the Rays 10-8 win over the Athletics. Casey Kotchman (2002) was 1-4 with a run scored in the win. Joel Peralta (2001-02) allowed one run in one inning of work in the game.
David Herndon (2007) worked a scoreless ninth in the Phillies 4-1 loss to the Giants.