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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)

Jean Segura (2010) is 17th former Cedar Rapids Kernels player selected to the MLB Futures Game

Jean Segura (2010) has been selected to represent the Angels in the 14th annual Futures Game. There have been 17 different Cedar Rapids Kernels alumni who have been selected to the Futures Game roster. Three players were selected twice (Ramon Ortiz, Jeff Mathis and Mike Trout).

Jean Segura hit .313 with 24 doubles, 12 triples, 10 HR, 79 RBI and stole 50 bases in 130 games during the 2010 season for the Kernels. 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. Segura was selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star game.

Jean Segura hit .293 with 12 doubles, 4 HR, 26 RBI and stole 18 bases playing for the Tempe Angels and the Inland Empire 66ers in 2011. Segura is hitting .291 with 5 HR, 31 RBI and has stolen 27 bases in 70 games for the Arkansas Travelers in 2012.

Past Kernels Futures Game Representatives
1999     Ramon Ortiz

2000     Ramon Ortiz

2001

2002

2003     Jeff Mathis, Ervin Santana

2004     Jeff Mathis, Dallas McPherson

2005     Bobby Jenks, Brandon Wood

2006     Nick Adenhart, Howard Kendrick

2007     Freddy Sandoval, Rich Thompson

2008     Kevin Jepsen

2009     Trevor Reckling

2010     Hank Conger-MVP, Luis Jimenez, Mike Trout

2011     Tyler Skaggs, Mike Trout

This date in Kernels history – April 8, 2005 – Freddy Sandoval

This will be 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. Its not quite the best in Kernels history as the team became the Kernels in 1993 as we started our affiliation with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but it is a start and research is never truly complete anyway.

On April 8, 2005, Freddy Sandoval was 3-5 at the plate with a HR, a double, three RBI and scored a pair of runs as the Kernels defeated the Kane County Cougars 11-0.

Freddy Sandoval hit .281 with 34 doubles, 4 HR, 17 stolen bases and 61 RBI in 117 games during the 2005 season for the Kernels. Sandoval was a selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star game. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-75 record under manager Bobby Magallanes. Sandoval made his MLB debut in 2008 and hit .176 in 11 MLB games for the Angels between 2008 and 2009.

Freddy Sandoval hit .280 with 4 HR and 20 RBI in 44 games for the Salt Lake Bees (AAA) in 2011. Sandoval signed a contract to play for the five-time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots in 2012. Check in at http://www.somersetpatriots.com to follow him as their season starts April 26.

Tyler Skaggs (2010) set to start Futures Game for US squad

Tyler Skaggs (2010) has been selected to be the starting pitcher for the U.S. team at the 13th annual XM All-Star Futures Game that will start tonight at Arizona’s Chase Field at 5 p.m. CST. Skaggs went 8-4 with a 3.61 ERA while striking out 82 in 82 1/3 innings of work prior to being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of the Dan Haren deal. Skaggs is the 16th different former Kernels player to be selected to play in the Futures Game.

Mike Trout (2009-10) was also selected to play for the U.S. team but was promoted to join the Angels this past week leading up to the All-Star break. Trout would have joined Ramon Ortiz (1997) and Jeff Mathis (2002) as former Kernels who made multiple appearances at the Futures Game.

Past Kernels Futures Game Representatives
1999     Ramon Ortiz
2000     Ramon Ortiz
2001
2002
2003     Jeff Mathis, Ervin Santana
2004     Jeff Mathis, Dallas McPherson
2005     Bobby Jenks, Brandon Wood
2006     Nick Adenhart, Howard Kendrick
2007     Freddy Sandoval, Rich Thompson
2008     Kevin Jepsen
2009     Trevor Reckling
2010     Hank Conger-MVP, Luis Jimenez, Mike Trout

Cael’s Collection – Ramon Ortiz 2001 Bowman FGR-RO

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Cael’s Collection  – Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Baseball Cards

The Cedar Rapids Kernels have been well represented at the Futures Games that have been held as part of the MLB All-Star game festivities each year since 1999. 15 Kernels players have been selected as members of the minor league showcase including two who have made appearances in multiple years (Ramon Ortiz and Jeff Mathis). This past season, three Kernels (Hank Conger, Luis Jimenez and Mike Trout) played in the game and Hank Conger took home the game’s MVP trophy. What does this have to do with Cael’s Collection? Topps has produced game used jersey cards of each of the games that have been included in their Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects sets and now more recently in their Topps Pro Debut minor league sets.

Today’s card has multiple stories to tell. The 2001 Ramon Ortiz game used jersey card FGR-RO was one of the earliest game used cards companies started producing to boost interest in the industry. Almost every new set produced now has versions of game used jerseys, bats, hats etc. to garner interest of the collector.

The second story is the one of warning. Ebay can be great for finding those cards that are tough to find. However, the postal service and Ebay sellers can often cause damage to the card while it is en route. This card wasn’t packaged very well and arrived with large creases on the back. Its tough to prove to the seller you aren’t a crackpot trying to take advantage of them and I figured it part of the deal utilizing Ebay to collect. This card cost less than $5 including Shipping and handling so I wasn’t out a great deal.

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Ramon Ortiz was the first Kernels player to make the Futures Game roster. He was a member of the inaugural World team roster in 1999 and was selected in 2000 as well. Ortiz was the last Cedar Rapids pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Old Veterans Memorial Stadium when he shut down Quad City (12-0) on August 7, 1997. Ortiz posted a 11-10 mark and struck out 225 batters in 1997 leading the team with a 3.58 E.R.A. The Kernels finished with a 63-75 record under manager Mario Mendoza.

Ramon Ortiz has compiled a 85-82 record with a 4.93 E.R.A. during his 10 MLB seasons playing for the Angels, Reds, Nationals, Twins, Rockies and Dodgers.

Kernels Futures Game Representatives
1999     Ramon Ortiz
2000     Ramon Ortiz
2001
2002
2003     Jeff Mathis, Ervin Santana
2004     Jeff Mathis, Dallas McPherson
2005     Bobby Jenks, Brandon Wood
2006     Nick Adenhart, Howard Kendrick
2007     Freddy Sandoval, Rich Thompson
2008     Kevin Jepsen
2009     Trevor Reckling
2010     Hank Conger-MVP, Luis Jimenez, Mike Trout