The 11th team in our #SummerOfBaseball series once again comes to us from the Midwest League, who I must say is a league which has really been coming through. Today’s featured team is one of the oldest teams in the country, with a history which dates back to 1890 – the one, the only Cedar Rapids Kernels.
The Kernels are the Class-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and have been affiliated with the Twins since the 2013 season. They’ve been known as the Kernels since the 1993 season, but over the years they’ve also been known as the Reds, Giants, Astros, Cardinals, Red Raiders, Braves, Raiders, Indians, Rockets, Bunnies, Rabbits, and Canaries.
The team has played in the Midwest League since 1962 and they’re currently managed by Jake Mauer, the older brother of current Minnesota Twins superstar Joe Mauer.
Over the years, there have been many former Kernels who have made it to the show including notables Jerry Reuss, Ted Simmons, Bob Brenley, Rob Deer, Chili Davis, Eric Davis, Paul O’Neill, Chris Sabo, Rob Dibble, Reggie Sanders, Trevor Hoffman, Bengie Molina, John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Howie Kendrick, Mark Trumbo, and Mike Trout.
The Kernels were kind enough to send up an official Midwest League ball signed by the team’s closer Trevor Hildenberger. Trevor has been putting up some sick stats in the Midwest League. Entering play on July 18th, Hildenberger has been pitching to a miniscule 0.82 ERA with 13 saves while punching out 59 batters in 44 innings while allowing just 23 hits and 5 walks with a WHIP of 0.64. If he keeps on putting up numbers like that – we’ll certainly be seeing him in the Show before long.
So give the Cedar Rapids Kernels a follow on twitter at @CRKernels and check out their website http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t492
Give Trevor Hildenberg a follow at @t_hildy and you can say you knew him before anyone else!
On deck – the Frisco Roughriders