Eric Owens returns as the Kernels Hitting Coach. Owens made his professional coaching debut with the Kernels last season. He played nine seasons in the majors with the Reds, Brewers, Padres, Marlins and Angels. He also spent time with the Mariners and Tigers before retiring following the 2004 season. Owens was drafted in the fourth round (101st overall) by the Reds in the 1992 draft and he was named the MVP of the American Association (triple-A) in 1995 after batting .314 with 12 HR, 63 RBI and 33 stolen bases for Indianapolis.
Pedro Borborn, Jr. joins the Angels after a nine year major league pitching career with the Braves, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Astros and Cardinals and will be the Kernels Pitching Coach. He is the son of Pedro Borborn, who pitched in Cedar Rapids as a member of the Cedar Rapids Cardinals in 1966. Pedro posted a 16-16 career major league record with a 4.52 ERA in 368 games with six career saves.
Rounding out the Kernels field staff is trainer Mike Metcalfe.
Ever Magallanes will be attending the 11th Annual Hot Stove Banquet on Thursday, January 18th at the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel, along with Angels Manager Mike Scioscia and Tony Reagins. This will be the 15th season that the Angels have had their class-A affiliate in Cedar Rapids.
Several former Kernels players and coaches have new coaching assignments in the Angels organization. Bobby Magallanes takes over as manager at double-A Arkansas and Kernan Ronan has been named the Angels roving pitching instructor. Ty Boykin is the manager at Tempe and former players Todd Takayoshi and Tom Gregorio have been named the Angels' roving hitting and catching instructors.
The Kernels open the 2007 season on the road at Beloit on April 6th and at home on April 11th versus Burlington at noon.