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Casey Kotchman (2002) signs minor league deal with the Miami Marlins

Sprouting News LogoCasey Kotchman (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2002) has signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins. The deal includes and invite to big league camp.

Casey KotchmanCasey Kotchman was a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels squad that opened New Veterans Memorial Stadium in 2002. Kotchman hit .281 with 5 HR, 30 doubles and 50 RBI in 81 games as the Kernels finished 81-58 under manager Todd Clauss defeating Quad Cities in the opening round and then losing to Peoria in the semi finals of the Midwest League playoffs.

Casey Kotchman has hit .262 with 71 HR and 387 RBI during his nine year MLB career playing for the Angels, Braves, Red Sox, Mariners, Rays and Indians. Kotchman hit .229 with 12 HR and 55 RBI for the Indians in 2012.

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8 Cedar Rapids Kernels Alumni make MLB debut, 35 total MLB active players 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.

Alexi Amarista (2008-09) Angels & Padres

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

Miguel Gonzalez (2005) Orioles

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

Joe Saunders (2002) Diamondbacks & Orioles

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

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 3, 1995 – Jeff Branson

On October 3, 1995, Jeff Branson (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1989-90) went 2-3 at the plate with a double, two RBI and walked in the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in the opening game of the National League Division Series. The Reds swept the Dodgers before losing to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS.

Jeff Branson hit .246 with 34 HR and 156 RBI during his 9 year MLB career playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jeff Branson played for the 1989 and 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds squads. In 1989, Branson hit .281 with 10 HR and 68 RBI in 127 games as the Reds finished 80-57 under manager Dave Miley. The 1989 Cedar Rapids Reds lost to Springfield in the opening round of the playoffs. In 1990, Branson hit .251 with 6 HR and 24 RBI in 62 games and the team finished with a 88-46 mark under manager Dave Miley. The 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds squad lost to the Quad Cities team in the opening round.

Jeff Branson served as the hitting coach for the Indianapolis Indians, the AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the last few seasons.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 2, 1937 – Hal Trosky

On October 2, 1937, Hal Trosky (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1931) went 2-5 at the plate with two HR and three RBI to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 12-5 win over the Detroit Tigers at Lavin Field.

Hal Trosky played 11 seasons for the Indians and the White Sox. The Norway, IA native posted a career batting average of .302 with 228 home runs and 1012 RBI.

Hal Trosky was part of the 1931 Cedar Rapids Bunnies squad that finished 2nd in the Mississippi Valley League with a mark of 74-52 under manager Paul Speraw. Trosky hit .302 with three home runs in 164 at bats as an 18 year old.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 27, 1946 – Pat Seerey

On September 27, 1946, Pat Seerey (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1942) went 2-4 at the plate with a pair of HR and 4 RBI as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers 9-8 at Briggs Stadium.

Pat Seerey is one of only 16 major league players to hit four home runs in a game (July 18, 1948). Seerey went 4-6 at the plate with 4 HR, 7 RBI and a walk as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 12-11. Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) is also among the 16 players to accomplish the feat.

Pat Seerey hit .224 with 86 HR and 261 RBI during his seven year MLB career playing for the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox.

Pat Seerey was a member of the 1942 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished with a mark of 74-43 and won the Three-I League Championship under manager Ollie Marquardt. The Raiders defeated Evansville in the 1st round of the playoffs and then took down Madison in the Championship series. Seerey hit .302 with 33 HR in 117 games for Cedar Rapids that season.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 27, 1924 – Dutch Levsen

On September 27, 1924, Dutch Levsen (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1923) pitched a complete game while allowing one run to earn the win as the Cleveland Indians defeated the St. Louis Browns 12-1 at Dunn Field. Levsen struck out two batters while allowing seven hits and one walk in the victory.

On August 28, 1926, Dutch Levsen became the last player in MLB history to pitch complete game victories in both ends of a doubleheader leading the Cleveland Indians to a 6-1 win with a four hitter in game one. He followed that with a 5-1 win in game two over the Boston Red Sox once again scattering four hits throughout the game. Levsen had a career year in 1926 posting a 16-13 record with a 3.41 E.R.A.

Dutch Levsen finished his career with a 21-26 record and a 4.17 ERA during his six year career playing for the Cleveland Indians.

Dutch Levsen, a Wyoming, IA native, attended Iowa State University prior to becoming a member of the 1923 Cedar Rapids Bunnies team. Levsen went 19-4 in 25 games as the Bunnies finished 69-56 under manager Bill Speas to finish 3rd in the Mississippi Valley League.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 26, 1925 – Dutch Levsen

On September 26, 1925, Dutch Levsen (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1923) pitched a complete game while allowing two runs to earn the win as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 7-2 at Shibe Park. Levsen struck out three batters while allowing 11 hits and six walks in the victory.

Dutch Levsen finished his career with a 21-26 record and a 4.17 ERA during his six year career playing for the Cleveland Indians.

Dutch Levsen, a Wyoming, IA native, attended Iowa State University prior to becoming a member of the 1923 Cedar Rapids Bunnies team. Levsen went 19-4 in 25 games as the Bunnies finished 69-56 under manager Bill Speas to finish 3rd in the Mississippi Valley League.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 24, 1955 – Rocky Colavito

On September 24, 1955, Rocky Colavito (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) went 4-4 with a pair of doubles and scored two runs as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-0 at Briggs Stadium during his rookie season. It was the first of the 17 times where Colavito would collect four or more hits in a game during his career.

Colavito hit .266 in his 14 year career playing for the Indians, Tigers, Athletics, White Sox, Dodgers and Yankees. Hitting all but three of his 374 career home runs in the AL, he ranked behind only Jimmie Foxx (524) and Harmon Killebrew (then at 397) among the league’s right-handed hitters when he retired. Colavito finished his career with 1159 RBI.

Rocky Colavito was part of the 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians team that finished in 8th with a record of 53-71 under manager Jimmy Bloodworth. Colavito hit .170 with 8 HR in 94 at bats for the Cedar Rapids Indians.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 21, 1947 – Hank Edwards

On September 21, 1947, Hank Edwards (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1941) went 4-5 at the plate with a double, two RBI, scored three runs and walked as the Cleveland Indians defeated the St. Louis Browns 14-0 at League Park.

Hank Edwards hit .280 with 51 HR and 276 RBI during his 11 year MLB career playing for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Browns. Edwards led the American League with 16 triples in 1946 while posting a .301 batting average (8th place in the A.L.) and knocking 10 HR for the Cleveland Indians.

Hank Edwards was part of the 1941 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished 72-49 under manager Ollie Marquardt. The ’41 Raiders defeated Springfield in the opening round of the playoffs and then topped Decater in a five game series for the Three-I League Championship. Edwards hit .364 with 23 HR, 31 doubles and 10 triples in 121 games for the Raiders.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 21, 1935 – Hal Trosky

On September 21, 1935, Hal Trosky (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1931) went 2-3 at the plate his 24th HR of the season to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians at League Park. Trosky walked and drove in four runs in the victory.

Hal Trosky played 11 season for the Indians and the White Sox. The Norway, IA native posted a career batting average of .302 with 228 home runs and 1012 RBI.

Trosky was part of the 1931 Cedar Rapids Bunnies squad that finished 2nd in the Mississippi Valley League with a mark of 74-52 under manager Paul Speraw. Hal hit .302 with three home runs in 164 at bats as an 18 year old.