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Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni in the World Baseball Classic

Sprouting News LogoI am beginning to try and help contribute to a local sports website called MetroSportsReport.com. The site covers a wide variety of sports in the Cedar Rapids area. They started with coverage of high school and collegiate events and now are branching out to cover the Cedar Rapids Kernels more in depth this season. Check the site out if you are interested. I will continue to post here as well as my blog posts tend to run longer than what they are looking for. I can’t help it. I tend to continue to branch out with each topic until people forget where the conversation started. Character flaw perhaps. At any rate I did some additional research into the World Baseball Classic and the Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have participated in the event and here is what I came up with. Some of this content may be repeat info from previous blog posts, so I apologize in advance.

The World Baseball Classic has returned this spring for its third competition. Once again there are several Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni coaching and competing in the event. Erick Aybar (2003), Michael Collins (2004-05), Ever Magallanes (2007), Efren Navarro (2008), Nick Pugliese (2009) and Hainley Statia (2006) each are representing their countries this year.

Nick Pugliese ItalyNick Pugliese is playing for Italy and struck out one batter in 1 1/3 scoreless innings of work to earn the win as Italy defeated Mexico 6-5 in the opening game of pool D. Italy has advanced to the second round after defeating Canada in their second game. Pugliese posted a 3-2 record with 2 saves and a 2.52 E.R.A. in 24 games for the 2009 Kernels squad. Pugliese struck out 46 in 35 2/3 innings of work while finishing 11 games as the Kernels squad finished with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello. Pugliese pitched in the Angels minor league system until 2011. He spent the 2012 season pitching professionally in Italy.

Efren Navarro and Ever Magallanes each represented Mexico in the event this year. Mexico has been eliminated from the competition after losses to Italy and Canada despite topping the United States. Navarro was a 2008 Midwest League All-Star for the Kernels. He hit .269 with 18 doubles, 2 HR and 45 RBI in 94 games for Cedar Rapids. Navarro played for the Salt Lake Bees (Angels Triple-A) in 2012.

Ever MagallanesEver Magallanes managed the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 78-61 record in 2007 season. Magallanes was inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame this past winter along with Fernando Valenzuela and Houston Jimenez. Magallanes played 11 seasons for the Monterrey Sultanes, Tabasco Olmecas, and the Oaxaca Guerreros in the Mexican League. He appeared in three major league games with the Cleveland Indians making three plate appearances in 1991 earning a walk in one of them. Magallanes has been working within the Chicago White Sox organization as a manager and coach since 2009.

Erick Aybar is making his World Baseball Classic playing for the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has earned a spot in the second round of the tournament. 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. Aybar has hit .278 with 129 doubles, 33 triples, 32 HR, 251 RBI and stole 98 bases in his seven MLB seasons with the Angels thus far. He won the American League Gold Glove at shortstop in 2011.

Michael CollinsMichael Collins is making his third appearance in the World Baseball Classic. He coached Australia  in pool B this year after playing for the team in the classic in 2009 and 2006. Collins hit .320 with 32 doubles, 7 HR, 64 RBI and stole 16 bases in 100 games during the 2005 season for the Kernels. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-75 record under manager Bobby Magallanes. Collins was a member of the 2004 Kernels teams as well hitting .207 with 1 HR and 12 RBI in 33 games.

Michael Collins played baseball in the Angels organization for eight seasons (2001-08). Collins played in the Padres minor league system in 2009-10 before returning to Australia where he has played for the Canberra Calvary during the 2010 and 2011 seasons of the Australian Baseball League.

Hainley StatiaHainley Statia is representing the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic for the third time. Statia is among a very select group to be selected to play in all three WBC competitions (2006, 2009, and 2013). Hainley Statia hit .297 with 1 HR, 31 doubles, 38 RBI and stole 23 bases in 111 games for the 2006 Kernels squad.

There have been 15 Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have made a combined 23 appearances on the World Baseball Classic rosters. Here is the complete list of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have been selected to coach or play in the WBC.

WBC 2006

2006 World Baseball Classic

Australia

Michael Collins (2004-05)

Trent Durrington (1996)

Rich Thompson (2003)

Canada

Steve Green (1998)

Aaron Guiel (1994)

Italy

Tom Gregorio (2000)

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Hainley Statia (2006)

United States

Scot Shields (1998)

WBC 2009

2009 World Baseball Classic

Australia

Michael Collins (2004-05)

Rich Thompson (2003)

Canada

Steve Green (1998)

Dominican Republic

Luis Pujols – coach (Cedar Rapids Astros – 1974)

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Hainley Statia (2006)

Mexico

Ever Magallanes – coach (Cedar Rapids manager – 2007)

Freddy Sandoval (2005)

Panama

Kevin Ramos (2010)

United States

Scot Shields (1998)

WBC 2013

2013 World Baseball Classic

Australia

Michael Collins – coach (2004-05)

Dominican Republic

Erick Aybar (2003)

Italy

Nick Pugliese (2009)

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Hainley Statia (2005)

Mexico

Ever Magallanes – coach (Cedar Rapids manager – 2007)

Efren Navarro (2008)

NIck Pugliese (2009) earns win as Italy defeats Mexico in opening game of World Baseball Classic

Sprouting News LogoNick Pugliese ItalyNick Pugliese (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2009) struck out one in 1 1/3 scoreless innings of work to earn the win as Italy defeated Mexico in the opening game of pool D of the World Baseball Classic. Italy rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the ninth and held on for the 6-5 victory.

Nick Pugliese posted a 3-2 record with 2 saves and a 2.52 E.R.A. in 24 games for the 2009 Kernels squad. Pugliese struck out 46 in 35 2/3 innings of work while finishing 11 games as the Kernels squad finished with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello defeating the Peoria Chiefs in the opening round of the playoffs before losing in the semifinals to the Burlington Bees. Pugliese pitched in the Angels minor league system until 2011. He spent the 2012 season pitching professionally in Italy.

Efren Navarro (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2008) and Ever Magallanes (Cedar Rapids Kernels manager- 2007) each were representing Mexico in the event. Navarro led off the bottom of the ninth with a pinch hit single. Mexico would load the bases with two outs before Jorge Cantu grounded out to second to end the game.

Efren Navarro KernelsEfren Navarro was a 2008 Midwest League All-Star for the Kernels. He hit .269 with 18 doubles, 2 HR and 45 RBI in 94 games for Cedar Rapids. Ever Magallanes led the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 78-61 record in 2007 season, which was the Kernels first winning season and playoff season during my time working there. Magallanes has been working within the Chicago White Sox organization as a manager and coach since 2009.

Pool D

Jeremy Moore (2008) and Efren Navarro (2008) become 377th and 378th players in Cedar Rapids baseball history to make MLB debut

Jeremy Moore (2008) and Efren Navarro (2008) each entered the game as pinch hitters late in the game during the Angels 13-5 loss to the Twins last night to become the 377th and 378th players to play professional baseball in Cedar Rapids and play in a major league game.

Jeremy Moore hit .298 with 15 HR and tied a Salt Lake record with 18 triples before joining the Angels with his September promotion. Moore hit .240 with 17 HR, 11 doubles, 12 triples, 48 RBI and stole 28 bases for the 2008 Kernels squad.

Efren Navarro hit .317 with 36 doubles, 12 HR and 73 RBI for Salt Lake this season. Navarro was a 2008 Midwest League All-Star for the Kernels. He hit .269 with 18 doubles, 2 HR and 45 RBI in 94 games for Cedar Rapids.

The Kernels finished 72-66 under manager Keith Johnson in 2008. Cedar Rapids defeated Clinton in the opening round of the Midwest League playoffs before falling to the Burlington Bees in the semifinals.

Moore and Navarro are the 38th and 39th former Kernels player to play in a MLB game this season. Here is the list of the former Kernels in the majors thus far in 2011 to the best of my knowledge:

Alexi Amarista (2008-09) Angels

Erick Aybar (2003) Angels

Trevor Bell (2007-08) Angels

Peter Bourjos (2007) Angels

Alberto Callaspo (2003) Angels

Bobby Cassevah (2007) Angels

Alexi Casilla (2004-05) Twins

Tyler Chatwood (2009) Angels

Hank Conger (2007) Angels

David Herndon (2007) Phillies

Bobby Jenks (2001) Red Sox

Kevin Jepsen (2003) Angels

Howard Kendrick (2004) Angels

Michael Kohn (2009) Angels

Casey Kotchman (2002) Rays

John Lackey (2000) Red Sox

Dallas McPherson (2002) White Sox

Jeff Mathis (2002) Angels

Jeremy Moore (2008) Angels

Mike Napoli (2001-02) Rangers

Efren Navarro (2008) Angels

Darren O’Day (2006) Rangers

Sean O’Sullivan (2007) Royals

Ramon Ortiz (1997) Cubs

Joel Peralta (2001-02) Rays

Chris Pettit (2007) Angels

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

Mason Tobin (2008) Rangers

Rich Thompson (2003) Angels

Mike Trout (2009-10) Angels

Mark Trumbo (2006-07) Angels

Jordan Walden (2008) Angels

Bobby Wilson (2004) Angels

Brandon Wood (2004) Pirates