Joe Saunders (2002) has signed a one year free agent deal with the Seattle Mariners. 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.
Saunders posted a 3-3 record with a 3.63 E.R.A. in 7 starts for the Orioles in 2012. The Baltimore Orioles traded Matt Lindstrom and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks to acquire Joe Saunders (2002) on August 26 this season. He had posted a 6-10 record with a 4.22 E.R.A. in 21 starts for Arizona prior to the trade. Saunders was acquired by the Diamondbacks along with Patrick Corbin (2010), Tyler Skaggs (2010) and Rafael Rodriguez (2003-05) from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Dan Haren on July 25, 2010. Saunders has compiled a 78-65 career MLB record with a 4.15 E.R.A. in eight season pitching for the Angels, Diamondbacks and Orioles.
Andrew Taylor made his MLB debut last night finishing the game in the Angels 9-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Taylor walked one without allowing a run working 2/3 of an inning in his debut. Taylor is the 388th player to play professional baseball in Cedar Rapids and play in a major league game. Click here for video highlights from MLB.com of Taylor’s debut.
Andrew Taylor posted a 3-0 record with a 1.23 E.R.A. in 40 games for Cedar Rapids in 2009. Taylor struck out 83 batters in 51 1/3 innings of work. He is the sixth player to reach the majors from the 2009 Kernels squad. Cedar Rapids 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.
Andrew Taylor had a 2-4 with a 4.61 E.R.A. in 37 games with the Arkansas Travelers (AA) in 2012. Taylor posted a 1-0 record with a 3.50 E.R.A. for the Salt Lake Bees in 16 games after being promoted to AAA this year.
Tyler Skaggs (2010) became the 387th Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball alumni to make his MLB debut when he debuted with the Diamondbacks on August 22, 2012.
On November 19, 2008, Don Wakamatsu (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1987) was hired by the Seattle Mariners and became the first Asian American manager in Major League history. The Mariners compiled a 127-147 record under Wakamatsu from 2009-2010.
Don Wakamatsu hit .226 in 18 games playing for the Chicago White Sox in 1991.
Don Wakamatsu was part of the 1987 Cedar Rapids Reds team that finished 70-70 under manager Paul Kirsch. Wakamatsu hit .216 with seven HR and 41 RBI that year for the Reds in 103 games.