01/08/2007 1:19 PM ET
Angels announce 2007 Minor League coaching staff
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels named their minor league coaching staff for the 2007 season in an announcement Monday by Director of Player Development Tony Reagins.
The Angels, who return to single-A Cedar Rapids for their 15th season, begin their seventh season at three other affiliates (triple-A Salt Lake, double-A Arkansas and single-A Rancho Cucamonga) and their third with the Orem Owlz, the club's rookie-level affiliate in the Pioneer League. The Angels will again field rookie teams in the Arizona League (at the Tempe minor league complex) and the Dominican Summer League (San Pedro de Macoris).
The Angels have an impressive list of managers in their farm system, headed by Orem Owlz' manager Tom Kotchman. Kotchman, who owns the longest tenure of any Angels' manager (24 seasons), has led the Angels' Pioneer League affiliate to three straight division titles and to league crowns in two of the last three seasons (2005 and 2006). Former major league catcher Brian Harper returns for his second season at triple-A Salt Lake after leading the Bees to the Pacific Coast League Northern Division title. Bobby Magallanes, who spent the last four seasons at Cedar Rapids, will take over at double-A Arkansas and Bobby Mitchell returns for his second season at single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Ever Magallanes, who led Tempe to the Arizona League second half title and was named the league's Manager of the Year, will take over at single-A Cedar Rapids. Tyrone Boykin, who has managed six seasons in the Angels' organization, will move from Arkansas to rookie-Level Tempe. Charlie Romero, who oversees the Angels' Dominican Complex, will again manage the Angels' Dominican Summer League team.
There are also three notable changes to the Angels' minor league field staff in 2007: Kernan Ronan, a longtime pitching coach in the Angels' farm system, has been named the roving pitching instructor, Todd Takayoshi, the roving catching coach in 2006, has been appointed the roving hitting instructor; and Tom Gregorio, who spent six-plus seasons (1999-2005) as a catcher in the Angels' farm system, has been named as roving catching instructor.
The Angels feature some noteworthy names among the affiliate coaching staffs: 14-year major league pitcher Charles Nagy returns as pitching coach at Salt Lake; nine-year major league outfielder Eric Owens, who played for the Angels in 2003, again handles hitters at Cedar Rapids; seven-year major league pitcher Ken Patterson, who pitched two seasons (1993-94) with the Angels, moves from Arkansas to Rancho Cucamonga; 12-year major league infielder Craig Grebeck returns to Rancho Cucamonga; newcomer Dick Schofield, a 14-year major league shortstop who played 10 seasons with the Angels, is the new hitting coach at Tempe and newcomer Pedro Borbon, who pitched in the major leagues for parts of nine seasons (Atlanta, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto, Houston and St. Louis), will serve as pitching coach at Cedar Rapids.
Following is a look at the Angels' 2007 Minor League Coaching Staff:
| || SALT LAKE (AAA) ||ARKANSAS (AA) ||RANCHO CUCAMONGA (A)|
|MANAGER ||Brian Harper ||Bobby Magallanes ||Bobby Mitchell|
|PITCHING COACH|| Charles Nagy ||Erik Bennett ||Ken Patterson |
|HITTING COACH|| Jim Eppard ||Keith Johnson ||Craig Grebeck|
|TRAINER ||Armando Rivas|| Brian Reinker ||Eric Munson|
| ||CEDAR RAPIDS (A)|| OREM (R) ||TEMPE (R) ||DOMINICAN (R)|
|MANAGER ||Ever Magallanes ||Tom Kotchman ||Ty Boykin ||Charlie Romero|
|PITCHING COACH ||Pedro Borbon ||Zeke Zimmerman ||Dan Ricabal||Santos Alcala|
|HITTING COACH ||Eric Owens ||Francisco Matos|| Dick Schofield ||Edgal Rodriguez|
|TRAINER ||Mike Metcalfe ||Aaron Wells ||Dan Nichols|| Miguel Arias|
FIELD COORDINATOR/OUTFIELD Bruce Hines
ROVING HITTING INSTRUCTOR Todd Takayoshi
ROVING PITCHING INSTRUCTOR Kernan Ronan
ROVING INFIELD INSTRUCTOR Rob Picciolo
ROVING CATCHING INSTRUCTOR Tom Gregorio
ROVING STRENGTH & CONDITIONING INSTRUCTOR TJ Harrington
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT CATCHING INSTRUCTOR Bill Lachemann
TRAINER'S COORDINATOR Geoff Hostetter