Kansas product Morin returns with Angels

Kansas product Morin returns with Angels

KANSAS CITY -- When reliever Mike Morin learned of his promotion to the Angels on April 27, he immediately pulled up the schedule to scour for a possible homecoming trip to Kansas City.

A day that Morin said he's "been waiting for since I got called up" arrived on Friday as the graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kan., returned to Kauffman Stadium for the first time as a Major Leaguer.

"I grew up 20 minutes from here, [I've been to] countless Royals games so just to be able to be here, it's pretty surreal ... it really is," Morin said before the series opener.

Morin played three times at Kauffman Stadium in high school as part of an annual rivalry game. He received the opportunity to pitch in the game his senior year.

The righty also participated in the pre-Draft workout that led to the Royals selecting him in the 40th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. But Morin went to the University of North Carolina and the Angels took him in the 13th round of the 2012 Draft.

Morin estimated that 100 friends and family were in attendance for Friday's game.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.