Cedar Rapids Full Roster Announced

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Cedar Rapids Kernels announced their full Roster. We will look at the pitchers, position players with the full roster below:

Pitchers: I am not clear to what the Twins are doing here. There are a few guys who seemed to prove everything they can at this level. Steve Gruver returns and I am not sure why. The lefty threw 114 innings last year at the same level. He did respectable last year and could have been promoted. The pitcher with the best name continues to be Dave Hurlbut who returns to the same level. He also threw 111 innings and aparently the Twins want to see him again do the same exact same thing. Tyler Jones returns after throwing 86 innings last year at the same level. He did strike out 102 guys in 86 innings. He is one guy who I am interested in watching. He gives up too many runs but those Strike Outs are sexy! Tim Atherton also returns. The Aussie gets out and keeps people off the base. I am surprised he is repeating this level.

Some pitchers who got promotions are Hudson Boyd. Lets see how he does. In my opinion he needs to show he can strike guys out. Tyler Duffy got the promotion. The '12 draft pick destroyed rookie ball so hopefully he can keep it going. Brett Lee also makes the promotion.

Notable misses are Angel Mata, JO Berrios, JT Chargois, Josh Burris, Luke Bard A couple of these guys might be injured. And possibly they are guarding Berrios's innings after his experience at the WBC. But I don't get why Mata is not at High A. Maybe there is injuries I don't know about it or something else. But Mata is the biggest miss and I hope its rectified in a few months.

Position Players:

This team is going to score some runs! They will be fun to watch. Goodrum, DJ Hicks, Adam Walker, Buxton, Harrison, Pimentel, Polonco all make their full season debut. I can't wait to watch these guys prove it against better competition.

Max Kepler did not make the squad but Twins Daily folks tell us its due to an arm injury. Nate Roberts returns but also appears injured again. This guy just can't stay healthy and it will be the downfall of his career. He needs a full season of health to show the organization what he can do.

I spent a long time looking at the pitchers because I think we have discussed the position players a lot in the offseason. If I was in the region, I would jump in the car and watch. This going to be a fun team to watch! - But that pitching staff does not reflect the best possible team in my opinion. Once Berrios and Burris make the team that might change.

Full Roster Below:

Name Pos Bat Thw DOB Status
Dallas Gallant P R R 1/25/1989 7-day DL
Tim Shibuya P R R 9/14/1989 7-day DL
Tyler Duffey P R R 12/27/1990 Active
Steven Gruver P L L 6/30/1989 Active
David Hurlbut P L L 11/24/1989 Active
Tyler Jones P R R 9/5/1989 Active
Mason Melotakis P R L 6/28/1991 Active
Taylor Rogers P L L 12/17/1990 Active
Matt Tomshaw P L L 12/17/1988 Active
Tim Atherton P R R 11/7/1989 Active
Hudson Boyd P R R 10/18/1992 Active
Brett Lee P L L 9/20/1990 Active
Chris Mazza P R R 10/17/1989 Active
Manuel Soliman P R R 8/11/1989 Active

Name Pos Bat Thw DOB Status
Jairo Rodriguez C R R 8/24/1988 Active
Jhonatan Arias C R R 2/18/1989 Active

Name Pos Bat Thw DOB Status
Adam Bryant SS R R 5/21/1989 7-day DL
Tyler Grimes SS R R 7/3/1990 Active
D.J. Hicks 1B L R 4/2/1990 Active
Candido Pimentel 2B S R 7/19/1990 Active
Niko Goodrum SS S R 2/28/1992 Active
Travis Harrison 3B R R 10/17/1992 Active
Jorge Polanco 2B S R 7/5/1993 Active

Name Pos Bat Thw DOB Status
Nate Roberts LF L R 2/25/1989 7-day DL
Drew Leachman OF R R 4/21/1989 Active
JaDamion Williams OF S R 11/20/1990 Active
Byron Buxton CF R R 12/18/1993 Active
Romy Jimenez LF R R 5/14/1991 Active
Adam Walker RF R R 10/18/1991


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