Results tagged ‘ Royals ’

This date in Kernels history – August 21, 2007 – Sean O’Sullivan

On August 21, 2007, Sean O’Sullivan worked eight shutout innings to earn the win as the Kernels defeated the Burlington Bees 6-1. O’Sullivan struck out six without issuing a walk while allowing four hits in the victory.

Sean O’Sullivan posted a 10-7 record with a 2.22 E.R.A. in 25 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2007. O’Sullivan struck out 125 batters in 158 1/3 innings of work. 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.

Sean O’Sullivan made his major league debut on June 16, 2009 with the Los Angeles Angels. O’Sullivan was acquired along with Will Smith by the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Alberto Callaspo on July 22, 2010. On June 21, 2012, the Royals announced that they have sent pitcher Sean O’Sullivan (2007) to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations. He has compiled a 10-14 record with a 6.13 E.R.A. in 43 games over three MLB seasons with the Angels and the Royals. O’Sullivan had posted a 5-4 record with 1 save and a 6.75 E.R.A. in 17 games including five starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) prior to the trade to the Blue Jays. He has been an impressive 9-1 with a 2.18 E.R.A. in 11 starts for the Las Vegas 51s (AAA) since the deal. O’Sullivan has struck out 36 in 70 1/3 innings of work for Las Vegas.

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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – December 8, 1976 – Jim Dwyer

On December 8, 1976, as part of a three team deal, the Chicago Cubs traded Pete LaCock to the Kansas City Royals to acquire Jim Dwyer (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1971) from the New York Mets who received Sheldon Mallory as the PTBNL from the Royals. Dwyer never appeared in a game as a member of the Cubs at the big league level. He hit .332 with 18 HR for the Wichita Aeros before being released and signing with the Cardinals in September of 1977.

Jim Dwyer hit .260 with 77 HR and 349 RBI during his 18 year MLB career playing for the Cardinals, Expos, Mets, Giants, Red Sox, Orioles, and Twins. Dwyer was a member of the 1983 World Series Champion Orioles. He batted .375 including the HR in game 1 during the 1983 World Series.

Jim Dwyer hit .313 with 2 HR and 15 RBI in 58 games for the 1971 Cedar Rapids Cardinals. The Cardinals finished 67-53 under manager Bobby Dews.

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 6, 1987

I guess I just can’t give up the ‘dig’ for random Cedar Rapids alumni history. There won’t be game info during the offseason, but I will attempt to continue my quest with transaction reports, award announcements and any type of tie in I can find.

On November 6, 1987, the Cincinnati Reds traded right-handed pitcher Ted Power and shortstop Kurt Stillwell (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1984) to the Royals for shortstop Angel Salazar and left-hander Danny Jackson. Jackson finished as the runner-up for the N.L. Cy Young award in 1988.

Kurt Stillwell hit .249 with 34 HR and 310 RBI in his 9 season in Major League Baseball. Stillwell played for the Reds, Royals, Padres, Angels and Rangers. He was named to the 1988 All-Star team in his 1st season in the American League with the Royals.

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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 15, 2009 – Alberto Callaspo

On September 15, 2009, Alberto Callaspo (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2003) went 2-4 at the plate with a HR, a double and four RBI as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Tigers 11-1.

Alberto Callaspo has hit .276 with 36 HR and 252 RBI during his seven year MLB career thus far playing for the Diamondbacks, Royals and Angels.

Alberto Callaspo hit .327 with 2 HR and 67 RBI in 133 games to win the Midwest League batting title for the 2003 Cedar Rapids Kernels. The team finished with a record of 66-72 mark under manager Todd Claus.

This date in Kernels alumni history – September 9, 2005 – Aaron Guiel

On September 9, 2005, Aaron Guiel (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1994) went 3-5 at the plate with a HR, a double, two RBI, a walk and scored three runs to help the Royals defeat the Tigers 12-2 at Comerica Park.

Aaron Guiel hit .246 with 35 HR and 128 RBI during his five year MLB  career playing for the Royals and Yankees.

In 1994, Aaron Guiel hit .269 with 18 HR, 30 doubles and 82 RBI in 127 games as the Kernels finished 77-62 under manager Tom Lawless. Guiel and the Kernels defeated Springfield in two straight games in the opening round and then topped Rockford taking three of four games to win the 1994 Midwest League Championship.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 29, 2003

On August 29, 2006, Bengie Molina (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1994-95) went 3-4 at the plate with a HR, five RBI and scored a run as the Angels defeated the Royals 10-3.

Bengie Molina hit .274 with 144 HR and 711 RBI during his 14 year career playing for the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers.

Bengie Molina was a member of the 1994 and 1995 Cedar Rapids Kernels teams. In 1994, Molina hit .281 with 3 HR and 16 RBI in 48 games as the Kernels finished 77-62 under manager Tom Lawless. Molina and the Kernels defeated Springfield in two straight games in the opening round tand then topped Rockford taking three of four games to win the 1994 Midwest League Championship.

In 1995, Molina hit .293 with 4 HR and 17 RBI in 39 games before earning a promotion as the team finished in 3rd place with a mark of 76-62 under manager Tom Lawless and lost in the opening round of the playoffs to Quad Cities (2-1).

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 6, 1994

On August 6, 1994, Reggie Jefferson (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1987-88) was 3-3 at the plate with three doubles, four RBI, a walk and scored two runs as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Kansas City Royals 11-2.

Reggie Jefferson hit .300 with 72 HR and 300 RBI during his 9 year MLB career playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and the Boston Red Sox.

Reggie Jefferson was a member of the 1987 and 1988 Cedar Rapids Reds teams. The team finished 1987 with a 70-70 mark. In 1988, Cedar Rapids finished the regular season with a 87-53 record before defeating Springfield and Kenosha en route to the Midwest League Championship. Jefferson hit .222 with three HR in 15 games in 1987 before returning in 1988 to hit .288 with 18 HR and 26 doubles in 135 games for Cedar Rapids.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 21, 2009

On July 21, 2009, Erick Aybar (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2003) went 4-5 at the plate with a double, triple, three RBI and scored a pair of runs as the Angels topped the Royals 10-2.

Erick Aybar is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’ s starting shortstop. Aybar has hit .273 with 28 HR 234 RBI and stole 85 bases during his seven seasons in major league baseball. He won the 2011 American League Gold Glove at shortstop.

Erick 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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – May 16, 1989

On May 16, 1989, Kurt Stillwell (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1984) went 3-4 at the plate with two HR, four RBI and two runs scored in the Kansas City Royals 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Kurt Stillwell hit .249 with 34 HR and 310 RBI in his 9 season in Major League Baseball. Stillwell played for the Reds, Royals, Padres, Angels and Rangers. He was named to the 1988 All-Star team in his 1st season in the American League with the Royals.

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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – May 9, 2009

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgCircle with script CR Kernels Classic.jpgOn May 9, 2009, Joe Saunders (2002) pitched a complete game shutout outdueling the Royals Zach Greinke in the Angels 1-0 win. Saunders struck out six while allowing five hits and one walk to earn the win.

Joe Saunders has compiled a 48-22 mark entering 2010 and was selected to the 2008 American League All-Star team. Saunders is currently a member of the Angels starting rotation.

Joe Saunders was part of the 2002 Kernels team that finished 3rd with a mark of 81-58 under manager Todd Claus. The 2002 team swept Quad Cities in the opening round of the playoffs before falling to Peoria in the second round. Saunders was 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA in five starts for the Kernels. He struck out 27 batters in 28 2/3 innings of work.saunders53 crop.jpg