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This date in Kernels history – June 6, 2008 – Jeremy Moore

On June 6, 2008, Jeremy Moore went 3-4 at the plate with a HR, two RBI and scored a pair of runs as the Kernels defeated the Burlington Bees 6-4 at Dale and Thomas Popcorn Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Jeremy Moore hit .240 with 11 doubles, 12 triples, 17 HR, 28 stolen bases and 48 RBI in 96 games during the 2008 season for the Kernels. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 72-66 record under manager Keith Johnson. The Kernels topped Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals.

Jeremy Moore made his MLB debut on September 2, 2011 against the Minnesota Twins. Moore batted .125 and scored three runs in eight games during his September call up with the Angels last season. He had hit .298 with 24 doubles, 18 triples, 15 HR, 66 RBI and stole 21 bases in 113 games playing for the Salt Lake Bees (AAA) in 2011. Moore has been on the DL due to hip surgery earlier this year and will likely be out until late June at the earliest. He was selected by the Angels in the 6th round of the 2005 MLB draft.

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 Kernels Alumni have played a MLB game in 2012. Here is where they were drafted.

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)

Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni and the MLB Amateur Draft

There have been many players who have come through Cedar Rapids since the first MLB amateur draft was held in 1965. The first player selected in the draft who would play in Cedar Rapids was Joe DiFabio, a pitcher from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, who was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 20th overall pick in the initial draft in 1965. DiFabio would pitch for the Cedar Rapids Cardinals in 1966 posting a 11-3 record with a 1.86 E.R.A. in 17 games.

Jerry Pruett was selected with the Cardinals fifth round pick in 1965 and joined DiFabio on the 1966 Cedar Rapids Cardinals squad. Pruett posted a 13-7 mark with a 2.85 E.R.A. in 23 starts. The team finished 81-40 in 1st place during the regular season under manager Ron Plaza. The Cedar Rapids Cardinals fell to Fox Cities 2 games to 1 in the Championship Series.

Terry Milani was selected in the second round out of Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Milani would play for the Cedar Rapids Cardinals in 1968 and 1969. He hit .244 wityh 5 HR in 1968 and returned in 1969 to hit .230.

The St. Louis Cardinals were more successful with their 1967 draft. They selected Ted Simmons with the 10th overall pick and followed that up selecting Jerry Reuss in the second round. Simmons and Reuss each arrived in Cedar Rapids during the second half of the season and went on to very successful All-Star careers with World Series appearances.

The highest selection to ever play for Cedar Rapids was Kurt Stillwell who was selected with the second overall pick in the 1983 draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Kurt Stillwell was part of the 1984 Cedar Rapids Reds team that finished 4th with a mark of 75-63 under manager Jim Lett. Stillwell hit .251 with 4 HR, 33 RBI and stole 24 bases in 112 games.

A second Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alum, Eddie Williams, was selected with the fourth overall pick of that 1983 draft by the New York Mets. He was traded to the Reds on June 15, 1984 along with Matt Bullinger and Jay Tibbs in exchange for Bruce Berenyi. Eddie Williams was a member of the 1985 Cedar Rapids Reds team that finished in 3rd place with a record of 78-61 under manager Jay Ward. Williams hit .261 with 20 HR in 199 games for the Cedar Rapids Reds.

The Giants selected Ted Barnicle eighth overall in 1975 and sent him to Cedar Rapids for the 1976 season. Barnicle pitched a complete game no-hitter against Dubuque on June 29, 1976.

In more recent years, the highest selection from the Angels to play in Cedar Rapids was Joe Torres who pitched for the Kernels during the 2001, 2002 and 2005 seasons. Torres was the 10th overall pick in the 2000 draft. He continues to pitch in the Colorado Rockies organization but has yet to reach the big leagues.

Several other Angels first round selections have played in Cedar Rapids during our affiliation. Casey Kotchman (2001-13th overall), Joe Saunders (2002-12th overall), Brandon Wood (2003-23rd overall), Trevor Bell (2005-37th overall), Hank Conger (2006-25th overall), Randal Grichuk (2009-24th overall), Mike Trout (2009-25th overall), Tyler Skaggs (2009-40th overall), Garrett Richards (2009-42nd overall) and Tyler Kehrer (2009-48th overall) in recent seasons.

Kaleb Cowart (2010-18th overall), Cameron Bedrosian (2010-29th overall) and Chevez Clarke (2010 -30th overall) have been playing for the 2012 Cedar Rapids Kernels squad.