Diamonds and Ice

Cedar Rapids Kernels 2009 roster

Here’s the opening-day roster for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. The team is scheduled to fly into Cedar Rapids this afternoon to prepare for the season opener, which is Thursday night at 6:30 at home against the Beloit Snappers.

There are 10 players on the roster that have played in Cedar Rapids before: infielders Alexi Amarista, Hector Estrella, Carlos Colmenares and Gabe Jacobo, outfielder Angel Castillo and catchers Anel De Los Santos and C.J. Bressoud and pitchers Michael Davitt, Chris Armstrong and Vladimir Veras.

Veras missed all of last season with an arm injury, pitching some for the Kernels in 2007. Interesting that two guys that lit up the Rookie-level Pioneer League for Orem last season (that’s the level before the Kernels in the parent Los Angeles Angels farm system) aren’t on the roster and presumably headed for high-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Third baseman Luis Jimenez led the Pioneer League in home runs last season with 15, hitting .331. First baseman Roberto Lopez hit a league-high .400 with 14 home runs and league-best 72 RBIs. Remember that’s all in a half-season.

Anyway, here’s the opening-day roster:


Chris Armstrong 5-10 195 L/L Owasso OK 02/10/88 14th Rd – 2006 Salt Lake/Cedar Rapids

Manuarys Correa 6-3 170 R/R San Cristobal DR 01/05/89 2007 Free Agent AZL Angels/Orem

Michael Davitt 6-5 205 R/R Shreveport LA 09/08/86 29th Rd – 2006 Cedar Rapids

Manuel Flores 6-2 170 L/L Anzoategui VZ 06/01/87 2006 Free Agent AZL Angels

Mike Kohn 6-2 210 R/R Camden SC 06/26/86 13th Rd – 2008 Orem

Jayson Miller 5-11 170 L/L Yakima WA 11/25/85 30th Rd – 2008 Orem

Kevin Nabors 6-3 220 R/R Spanish Fort AL 08/12/85 26th Rd – 2008 Orem

Christian Scholl 5-11 195 R/R Tacoma WA 10/27/87 8th Rd – 2008 Orem

Will Smith 6-2 220 R/R Newnan GA 07/10/89 7th Rd – 2008 Orem

Andrew Taylor 6-1 190 R/L Wake Forest NC 08/18/86 34th Rd – 2008 Orem

Jeremy Thorne 6-4 250 R/R Lakeland FL 10/04/85 29th Rd – 2008 AZL Angels/Orem

Vladmir Veras 6-0 150 R/R Santiago DR 01/10/86 2003 Free Agent Injured – Did Not Play



Catchers (3) Ht. Wt. B/T Resides DOB Acquired 2008 Team

C.J. Bressoud 6-2 195 R/R Kennesaw GA 05/12/85 2008 Free Agent Cedar Rapids/Rancho C.

Beau Brooks 6-1 200 L/R Oklahoma City OK 08/03/87 20th Rd – 2008 AZL Angels/Orem

Anel De Los Santos 6-0 190 R/R San Cristobal DR 06/19/88 2005 Free Agent Cedar Rapids/Arkansas



Infielders (6) Ht. Wt. B/T Resides DOB Acquired 2008 Team

Alexi Amarista 5-8 150 S/R Barcelano VZ 04/06/89 2007 Free Agent AZL/Cedar Rapids

Hector Estrella 5-11 175 R/R Los Angeles CA 12/22/84 40th Rd – 2007 Cedar Rapids

Gabe Jacobo 6-2 190 R/R Tulare CA 04/14/87 10th Rd – 2008 Orem/Cedar Rapids

Darwin Perez 6-0 185 L/L San Joaquin de Turmero VZ 07/27/89 2005 Free Agent Orem/Rancho C.

Jon Townsend 6-0 195 R/R Birmingham AL 09/24/84 2008 Free Agent Orem

Adam Younger 6-2 205 R/R Fort Myers FL 08/25/85 18th Rd – 2008 AZL Angels



Outfielders (4) Ht. Wt. B/T Resides DOB Acquired 2008 Team

Robert Auer 6-0 190 R/R Deland FL 10/24/85 2008 Free Agent Orem

Angel Castillo 6-3 190 R/R Caracas VZ 06/07/89 2005 Free Agent Cedar Rapids/Orem

Carlos Colmenares 6-0 175 S/R Valencia VZ 02/11/86 2004 Free Agent Rancho/Orem/Kernels

Matt Crawford 6-0 165 S/R Waycross GA 05/09/86 23rd Rd – 2008 AZL Angels


It’s RoughRiders against Indiana in playoffs

Give the Des Moines Buccaneers credit for trying. They led the Green Bay Gamblers three different times in their regular-season finale Sunday night in Wisconsin, but Green Bay rallied for a 6-4 win that gives it the USHL’s East Division championship and Anderson Cup for most regular-season points in the league.

What that means is that the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders will play the Indiana Ice in a best-of-5 first-round playoff series that begins Friday night at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Game 2 is Saturday night at The Stable.

Cedar Rapids finished the regular season with a 38-17-5 record and 81 points, one less than Green Bay and one more than Indiana. The RoughRiders went 4-2-1 against the Ice in the regular season, including a 6-0 spanking of the Ice last Friday night in Cedar Rapids.

Green Bay plays Waterloo in the other East Division first-round playoff series.