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Prospect Roundup: Games of April 14

Phils' Bohm belts first pro homer, Royals' Matias goes deep twice
April 15, 2019

Phillies 3B Alec Bohm, Class A Lakewood: 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBIs -- It took awhile, but Bohm finally has his first professional home run. Last year's No. 3 overall pick sent a two-run shot to left field in the third inning against Delmarva in his 175th career at-bat. The Phils' top

Six former Kernels invited to Twins Spring Training

February 11, 2019

Cedar Rapids, IA - Six former Cedar Rapids Kernels players were among 20 non-roster players invited by the Minnesota Twins to 2019 Major League Spring Training in Fort Myers, FL.They are pitchers Ryan Eades (2014) and Jake Reed (2014); catchers Brian Navarreto (2014) and Ben Rortvedt (2017-18); infielder Royce Lewis

Rortvedt ends dry spell with authority

Twins No. 24 prospect racks up career-high six RBIs for Miracle
August 29, 2018

All those RBIs were building up for Ben Rortvedt.The Twins' No. 24 prospect posted a career-high six RBIs after going without one for nearly two weeks, leading Class A Advanced Fort Myers to an 8-3 win over Bradenton on Wednesday at CenturyLink Sports Complex.

Jordan Balazovic and Robert Molina join Kernels from Elizabethton

June 8, 2018

Cedar Rapids, IA - The Cedar Rapids Kernels and Minnesota Twins announce that RHP Jordan Balazovic and C Robert Molina have joined the Kernels roster from Elizabethton and C Ben Rortvedt has been promoted to Fort Myers. Brian Maloney, Twins Senior Manager of Minor League Operations, announced the move.Balazovic made

Offense Explodes in 15-4 Kernels Triumph

Back-to-back-to-back homers highlight eighth-inning outburst
May 30, 2018

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - The Cedar Rapids Kernels hit four home runs including back-to-back-to-back blasts in a nine-run eighth inning to secure a 15-4 victory Wednesday against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Cedar Rapids (25-25) clinched a series victory against Wisconsin (23-20) and

Rortvedt, Gore Push Kernels to 7-5 Victory

Cedar Rapids forces rubber game in Saturday's finale
May 11, 2018

BOWLING GREEN, KY. - Back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Ben Rortvedt and Jordan Gore broke a ninth-inning tie Friday to give the Cedar Rapids Kernels a 7-5 win over the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Bowling Green Ballpark. Trey Cabbage's unassisted double play in the bottom of the ninth ended

Cabbage, Rortvedt Blast Kernels to 7-6 Victory

Kernels tie three-game series at 1-1
May 5, 2018

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - Two-run home runs by Trey Cabbage and Ben Rortvedt lifted the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 7-6 win Saturday evening against the West Michigan Whitecaps in front of 3,598 fans at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Cedar Rapids (14-9) tied this three-game series, 1-1,

Offense Heats Up in 8-6 Kernels Triumph

Tyler Watson earns victory with strong season debut
April 10, 2018

PEORIA, ILL. - After 14 combined runs and over three hours of play, the Cedar Rapids Kernels notched an 8-6 win Tuesday at Dozer Park against the Peoria Chiefs. Ben Rortvedt recorded a career-high four hits and combined with Trey Cabbage and Alex Kirilloff for five doubles, five runs batted

Cedar Rapids Pushes Past Peoria, 3-1

Cedar Rapids remains undefeated to start season
April 9, 2018

PEORIA, ILL. - Two-out RBI hits from Ben Rortvedt and Mark Contreras led the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 3-1 win Monday against the Peoria Chiefs at Dozer Park. The Kernels are now 3-0 this season and hold a 1-0 advantage in this four-game road series.Monday's contest opened as a

Batterymates Highlight 3-0 Kernels Victory

Clark Beeker's scoreless streak reaches 32.2 innings pitched
August 11, 2017

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - Clark Beeker, Ryan Mason, and Colton Davis teamed up with Ben Rortvedt for a 3-0 Cedar Rapids Kernels shutout Friday against the Quad Cities River Bandits at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Beeker extended his scoreless streak to 32.2 consecutive shutout frames, and Rortvedt

Jax, Rortvedt Shine in 12-4 Kernels Triumph

Cedar Rapids defeats Lansing to open three-game series
July 22, 2017

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - Batterymates Griffin Jax and Ben Rortvedt carried the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 12-4 win Saturday against the Lansing Lugnuts in front of 3,375 fans at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Jax was the winning pitcher in his final Kernels appearance, and Rortvedt posted

Hamilton, Rortvedt Blast Kernels to Victory

Cedar Rapids splits series at Quad Cities with 6-2 triumph
June 25, 2017

DAVENPORT, IOWA - Caleb Hamilton and Ben Rortvedt hit back-to-back home runs for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in a 6-2 win Sunday against the Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park. The consecutive homers were the first by Cedar Rapids since Hamilton and Jaylin Davis recorded back-to-back blasts June

Kernels Capture Playoff Berth with 16-3 Rout

Cedar Rapids to reach playoffs for fifth consecutive season
June 18, 2017

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - The Cedar Rapids Kernels clinched the 2017 Western Division First-Half Wild Card spot Sunday by defeating the Clinton LumberKings, 16-3, in front of a season-high 3,926 fans at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Kernels qualified for the Midwest League playoffs for the fifth

Kernels Slide Past River Bandits, 10-5

Cedar Rapids wins opener at Quad Cities, drops magic number to three
June 13, 2017

DAVENPORT, IOWA - All nine Cedar Rapids Kernels batters reached safely Tuesday as Cedar Rapids claimed a 10-5 victory to open a three-game series against the Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park. Cedar Rapids' magic number to clinch a playoff berth is three after Tuesday's triumph over the

Del Rosario Tames Timber Rattlers for 4-2 Win

Verona, Wisconsin native Ben Rortvedt drives in go-ahead run
May 20, 2017

GRAND CHUTE, WIS. - Right-hander Eduardo Del Rosario tossed a career-high eight innings Saturday and earned a quality start and a victory in a 4-2 Cedar Rapids Kernels triumph against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. The Kernels (25-17) grabbed a 2-1 series lead

Twins Prospect Primer: Arms on the way

Gonsalves, Stewart, Jay continue their march up Minnesota's ranks
March 27, 2017

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2017 season approaching, takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Shining star: Stephen Gonsalves, LHPThe

Twins' Quade OK after multi-car accident

Triple-A manager's SUV rear-ended by speeding vehicle in Florida
February 26, 2017

Triple-A Rochester manager Mike Quade escaped serious injury Saturday when he was involved in a multi-vehicle accident in Florida. While sitting in an SUV at a traffic light near the Twins' Spring Training complex in Fort Myers, Quade and his girlfriend, Rebecca Kraus, were rear-ended by a car reportedly traveling