Jake Mauer will return for a third season as skipper of the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2015. It will be his eighth season as a manager in the Minnesota Twins organization.
In 2013, Mauer led Cedar Rapids to the best regular-season record in the Midwest League (88-50) and a playoff berth. In 2014, the Kernels went 73-67 in the regular season and reached the second round of the MWL playoffs before being eliminated by the Kane County Cougars, who went on to win the championship title.
Mauer managed his brother, Twins star Joe Mauer, during Joe’s four-game rehab stint with the Kernels this year. The Mauer brothers played together in the Midwest League in 2002, when Jake batted .226 with 20 RBI in 84 games and Joe hit .302 with 4 HR and 62 RBI in 110 games for the Quad City River Bandits.
Also returning to Cedar Rapids in 2015 is hitting coach Tommy Watkins, who joined the Kernels the same year Mauer did. Next year will be his sixth as a coach. He batted .230 with 2 HR and 16 RBI in 73 games with the 2001 River Bandits.
Henry Bonilla joins the Kernels staff as pitching coach after previously serving in that capacity for two rookie-level teams in the Twins organization. He pitched for the River Bandits in 2000 and 2001, collectively going 7-14 with a 3.88 ERA, 25 saves and 105 strikeouts in 120.2 IP.