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8 Cedar Rapids Kernels Alumni make MLB debut, 35 total MLB active players in 2012

There were eight Cedar Rapids Kernels alumni who made their MLB debut in 2012. Barret Browning, David Carpenter, Patrick Corbin, Miguel Gonzalez, Jean Segura, Tyler Skaggs, Will Smith and Andrew Taylor were among the 35 Kernels alumni who played in a MLB game in 2012. The number is down slightly from the 39 former alumni who played in a MLB game in 2011.

2012 was the fifth time there has been three Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni players selected to the same All-Star game (2012, 2007, 1991, 1984 and 1966). Mike Napoli (2001-02), Mike trout (2009-10) and Mark Trumbo (2006-07) each made their first all-star teams. We have never had more than three appear in the same season.Here is the link to our full all-star selection list.

Here is the complete list of our alumni appearing in a MLB game with the teams they played for and the year designating the season they were in Cedar Rapids.

Alexi Amarista (2008-09) Angels & Padres

Erick Aybar (2003) Angels

Peter Bourjos (2007) Angels

Barret Browning (2007) Cardinals

Alberto Callaspo (2003) Angels

David Carpenter (2010) Angels

Bobby Cassevah (2007) Angels

Alexi Casilla (2004-05) Twins

Tyler Chatwood (2009) Rockies

Hank Conger (2007) Angels

Patrick Corbin (2010) Diamondbacks

Miguel Gonzalez (2005) Orioles

David Herndon (2007) Phillies

Kevin Jepsen (2003) Angels

Howard Kendrick (2004) Angels

Casey Kotchman (2002) Indians

Jeff Mathis (2002) Blue Jays

Mike Napoli (2001-02) Rangers

Darren O’Day (2006) Orioles

Joel Peralta (2001-02) Rays

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 & Orioles

Jean Segura (2010) Angels & Brewers

Tyler Skaggs (2010) Diamondbacks

Will Smith (2009) Royals

Andrew Taylor (2009) Angels

Rich Thompson (2003) Angels & Athletics

Mike Trout (2009-10) Angels

Mark Trumbo (2006-07) Angels

Jordan Walden (2008) Angels

Bobby Wilson (2004) Angels

This date in Kernels history – September 14, 2009 – Will Smith

On September 14, 2009 Will Smith pitched eight innings while allowing two runs as the Cedar Rapids Kernels fell to the Burlington Bees 2-1 in the deciding game of the best-of-three semifinals of the Midwest League Playoffs. Smith struck out nine batters while walking five and allowed three hits in the loss.

The 2009 season was the closest the Cedar Rapids Kernels have made it to the championship series during my eight years as our Stadium Operations manager. September 14 is the latest date into the year Cedar Rapids has played a game during my time here, thus this will be the final “This Date in Kernels History” post of the season. I will be continuing to add “This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball History” posts as I dig through old Cedar Rapids Gazette archives.

Will Smith posted a 10-5 record with a 3.76 E.R.A in 19 starts for the 2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 95 batters in 115 innings of work. The 2009 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.

Will Smith was acquired by the Kansas City Royals along with Sean O’Sullivan (2007) in exchange for Alberto Callaspo (2003) on July 22, 2010. Smith made his major league debut on May 23, 2012 at Yankee Stadium. He has posted a 5-7 record with a 4.94 E.R.A. in 13 starts for the Royals. Smith had compiled a 4-4 mark with a 3.61 E.R.A. in 15 starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) before his promotion.

This was 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 history – September 4, 2009 – Will Smith

On September 4, 2009 Will Smith pitched eight innings while allowing one run as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-2. Smith struck out five while walking one and allowed two hits to earn the victory.

Will Smith posted a 10-5 record with a 3.76 E.R.A in 19 starts for the 2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 95 batters in 115 innings of work. The 2009 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.

Will Smith was acquired by the Kansas City Royals along with Sean O’Sullivan (2007) in exchange for Alberto Callaspo (2003) on July 22, 2010. Smith made his major league debut on May 23, 2012 at Yankee Stadium. He has posted a 4-7 record with a 5.45 E.R.A. in 12 starts for the Royals. Smith had compiled a 4-4 mark with a 3.61 E.R.A. in 15 starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) before his promotion.

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 history – August 25, 2009 – Will Smith

On August 25, 2009 Will Smith worked six innings while allowing one run as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Clinton Lumberkings 8-1. Smith struck out six without issuing a walk and allowed four hits and one run to earn the victory.

Will Smith posted a 10-5 record with a 3.76 E.R.A in 19 starts for the 2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 95 batters in 115 innings of work. The 2009 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.

Will Smith was acquired by the Kansas City Royals along with Sean O’Sullivan (2007) in exchange for Alberto Callaspo (2003) on July 22, 2010. Smith made his major league debut on May 23, 2012 at Yankee Stadium. He has posted a 4-5 record with a 5.40 E.R.A. in ten starts for the Royals. Smith had compiled a 4-4 mark with a 3.61 E.R.A. in 15 starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) before his promotion.

Will Smith shared this photo of him in the Green Monster at Fenway earlier today on Twitter. Follow him at @White_Willy31

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.

Jean Segura (2010) becomes 386th player in Cedar Rapids baseball history to make MLB debut

Jean Segura made his MLB debut tonight getting the start at shortstop for the Angels as they played host to the Kansas City Royals. He faced former Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher Will Smith (2009) in his first MLB at bat. Segura struck out swinging in his first two plate appearances each against Smith. He reached base in the 8th inning on an error by reliever Greg Holland. Segura is the 386th player to play professional baseball in Cedar Rapids and play in a major league game.

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. He joined 2010 teammates Ariel Pena and Tyler Skaggs playing in the 2012 Futures Game during the MLB All Star festivities.

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 has hit .294 with 10 doubles, 7 HR, 40 RBI and stole 33 bases for the Arkansas Travelers in 93 games in 2012.

Barret Browning (2007) became the 385th Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball alumni to make his MLB debut when he debuted with the Cardinals on June 30, 2012.

This date in Kernels history – June 15, 2009 – Will Smith

On June 15, 2009 Will Smith worked eight innings while allowing one run as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Kane Count Cougars 6-1. Smith struck out seven while walking two and allowing five hits to earn the victory.

Will Smith posted a 10-5 record with a 3.76 E.R.A in 19 starts for the 2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 95 batters in 115 innings of work. The 2009 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.

Will Smith was acquired by the Kansas City Royals along with Sean O’Sullivan (2007) in exchange for Alberto Callaspo (2003) on July 22, 2010. Smith made his major league debut on May 23, 2012 at Yankee Stadium. He posted a 1-2 record with a 9.00 E.R.A. in three starts for the Royals. Smith has compiled a 1-3 mark with a 4.42 E.R.A. in 10 starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) this season.

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)

Additional Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni who made it to the show – Up to 383

I came across two more names for our list of players who have played minor league baseball here in Cedar Rapids who have either played MLB baseball before or after their time here. I was working on transcribing the earlier post from the Cedar Rapids Gazette’s June 5, 1958 edition and was grabbing additional info off baseballreference.com when I notice we had somehow missed a member of the 1958 Cedar Rapids Braves squad, Bob Botz.

Bob Botz went 9-6 with a 4.29 E.R.A. in 18 games for the 1958 Cedar Rapids Braves. The 1958 squad went on to defeat Davenport 3-2 and win the 1958 Three-I League championship. Botz is pictured far right along with Warren Spahn Eddie Mathews and Bob Uecker.

Bob Botz made his MLB debut on May 8, 1962 pitching for the Los Angeles Angels. Botz posted a 2-1 record with two saves and a 3.43 E.R.A. for the Angels in 1962. He struck out 24 batters in 63 innings in 35 games finishing 13 of them.

The other omission, an error on my part, had been Ken Hill who made a pair of rehabilitation starts for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 1998. Hill posted a 1.23 E.R.A. in 2 games striking out six in 7 1/3 innings of work while allowing seven hits, one walk and a run. It remains the only rehab appearance in the Angels affiliation (1993-present).

Ken Hill complied a 117-109 record during his 14 year MLB career pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Anaheim Angels, Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Hill was an All-Star in 1994 and finished second in the Cy Young voting that season.

These additions make Will Smith (2009) our 383rd player to play professional baseball in Cedar Rapids and play in a major league game with his MLB debut on May 23, 2012. I will continue to do my best to compile the full membership list. If you are interested in a copy of the excel file I have compiled please drop me an email or a message here.

Will Smith (2009) becomes 381st player in Cedar Rapids baseball history to make MLB debut

Will Smith (2009) worked 3 1/3 innings allowing five runs in his major league debut against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium tonight. Smith struck out one batter while allowing six hits and one walk. Smith is the 381st player to play professional baseball in Cedar Rapids and play in a major league game.

Will Smith posted a 10-5 record with a 3.76 E.R.A in 19 starts for the 2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 95 batters in 115 innings of work. The 2009 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.

Will Smith was acquired by the Kansas City Royals along with Sean O’Sullivan (2007) in exchange for Alberto Callaspo (2003) on July 22, 2010. Smith was 1-3 with a 4.01 E.R.A. in nine starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers this season.

Will Smith (2009) joins Royals in New York to make MLB Debut

Will Smith (2009) was promoted from Omaha (AAA) to join the Kansas City Royals in New York today to make his first big league start against Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees. Smith posted a 10-5 record with a 3.76 E.R.A in 19 starts for the 2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 95 batters in 115 innings of work. The 2009 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.

Will Smith was acquired by the Kansas City Royals along with Sean O’Sullivan (2007) in exchange for Alberto Callaspo (2003) on July 22, 2010. Smith was 1-3 with a 4.01 E.R.A. in nine starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers this season.

Patrick Corbin (2009) became the 380th Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball alumni to make his MLB debut earlier this month with the Angels. Will Smith is set to become the 381st player to play in Cedar Rapids and play in the big leagues.