Cedar Rapids, IA - The Minnesota Twins announced that LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Ryan Pressly and 2014 coach Paul Molitor will join Twins play-by-play broadcaster Dick Bremer when the Twins Winter Caravan visits Cedar Rapids as part of the 18th Annual Hot Stove Banquet on Monday, January 13, 2014.
Kernels manager Jake Mauer, who guided the 2013 team to an 88-50 record, will also be attending the 18th Annual Kernels Hot Stove Banquet and Twins Winter Caravan.
Brian Duensing was selected by the Twins in the third round of the 2005 First Year Player Draft out of the University of Nebraska. He appeared in 73 games for the Twins this season, posting a 6-2 record, 3.98 ERA and one save. In five major league seasons, he has a career record of 34-33 with a 4.20 ERA.
Ryan Pressly was acquired by the Twins from Boston in the 2012 Rule V Draft and made his MLB debut on April 4, 2013 against Detroit. He appeared in 49 games for the Twins, posting a 3-3 record and 3.87 ERA in 76.2 IP. He was selected by Boston in the 11th round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft out of Marcus (TX) HS.
Hall of Famer Paul Molitor joins the Twins MLB coaching staff for 2014. He will oversee base-running, bunting, infield instruction and positioning, plus assist with in-game strategy. He was the Twins minor league base-running and infield coordinator from 2005-13. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004 and had a career batting average of .306 with 3,319 career hits and 504 steals over 21 seasons. The Minnesota native played 15 seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers and three seasons each with the Blue Jays and Twins.
The 18th Annual Hot Stove Banquet will include a live and silent auction featuring sports memorabilia and local items and the induction of the Class of 2014 into the Cedar Rapids Baseball Hall of Fame. This year's Hall of Fame Class includes Mike Trout, Chris Sabo, Verna Nance, Ron Gonder and Tom Barbee.
Proceeds from this event help the Kernels Foundation accomplish its vision of ensuring that all youth in Eastern Iowa have the opportunity to experience the thrills and life-enhancing lessons that come from engaging in athletics and recreational activities.
Tickets for the banquet are on-sale now, and are $40 in advance and $45 at the door with corporate tables seating 10 people available for $350. Children 12-under are $23. Tickets can be purchased at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium during regular business hours 9 AM to 5 PM, by phone at (319) 363-3887 or on-line at www.kernels.com.
KCRG TV-9 and Cumulus Media stations KRNA, KHAK, KDAT and KRQN are proud media sponsors of the 18th Annual Hot Stove Banquet.
The Cedar Rapids Kernels are the Midwest League Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
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