Halos make minor moves to Minors' staff
Few changes are made from rookie level to Triple-A Salt Lake
The Angels have named their Minor League coaches for the 2007 season and there are a few changes.
Kernan Ronan, a longtime pitching coach in the Angels' farm system, has been named the roving pitching instructor, while Todd Takayoshi, the roving catching coach in 2006, has been appointed the roving hitting instructor to replace Ty Van Burkleo, who moved on to become hitting coach with the A's. Tom Gregorio, who was in the Angels organization from 1999-2005 as a Minor League catcher, has been named as a roving catching instructor.
Bobby Magallanes, who spent the last four seasons as manager at low Class A Cedar Rapids, will take over for Tyrone Boykin at Double-A Arkansas. Boykin has been named manager of the Angels rookie-level affiliate in Tempe. Ever Magallanes, Bobby's younger brother, who led Tempe to the Arizona League second-half title and was named the league's Manager of the Year, will take over at Class A Cedar Rapids.
Brian Harper returns for his second season as manager of Triple-A Salt Lake, while Bobby Mitchell also returns for his second season as manager at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Tom Kotchman enters his 24th season of service with the Angels and will manage the rookie level Orem club. Charlie Romero, who oversees the Angels' training complex in the Dominican Republic complex, will again manage the Angels' Dominican Summer League team.
Charles Nagy returns as pitching coach at Salt Lake while Ken Patterson moves from Arkansas to Rancho Cucamonga as pitching coach. Another former Major League pitcher, Pedro Borbon, joins the organization as pitching coach at Cedar Rapids. Erik Bennett will be the pitching coach at Arkansas. The remaining pitching coaches will be Zeke Zimmerman at Orem, Dan Ricabal at Tempe and Santos Alcala in the Dominican.
Jim Eppard returns as hitting coach in Salt Lake, Keith Johnson will be handling the same chores at Arkansas and Craig Grebeck will be the hitting coach at Rancho Cucamonga. Francisco Matos will be the hitting coach at Orem, with Edgar Rodriguez handling those same duties in the Dominican.
Dick Schofield, a 14-year Major League shortstop who played 10 seasons with the Angels, is the new hitting coach at Tempe, and Eric Owens, who played for the Angels in 2003, will handle the hitters at Cedar Rapids.
Special instructors include Bruce Hines as field coordinator/outfield; Rob Picciolo as roving infield instructor; TJ Harrington will be the roving strength and conditioning instructor; and Bill Lacheman returns as the special-assignment catching instructor.
The Angels are returning to Cedar Rapids for their 15th season and their seventh seasons at three other affiliates: Salt Lake, Arkansas and Rancho Cucamonga. It will be their third year in Orem.
Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.