The Billings Mustangs have announced their 2018 coaching staff. Ray Martinez will return as the manager of the Mustangs. It will be his third season with Billings as manager. He previously managed the AZL Reds in 2015 and served as a hitting coach with several teams in the organization between 2011 and 2014. Martinez played in the Minor Leagues for the California and Montreal organizations (what a weird thing to type) from 1987-1996. After that he spent the 1997-2009 seasons playing in the Mexican League.

Returning to Billings is pitching coach Derrin Ebert. During the last two seasons he served as pitching coach with the Dayton Dragons. However, he was the pitching coach with the Mustangs during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Prior to that he was the pitching coach in 2012 and 2013 with the AZL Reds. Ebert saw action in the Major Leagues with the Atlanta Braves in 1999. From 1994-2005 he spent time in the Minor Leagues with six different organizations.

Bryan LaHair will be the Mustangs hitting coach. Yes, that’s the same 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star, Bryan LaHair. This will be his first year as a professional coach since retiring from playing. He spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues. He played professionally in affiliated baseball from 2003-2014, including a stint in Japan. In 2016 and 2017 he played indy ball.

In the past few years there has been a 4th coach with the Mustangs. Right now there has not been one named. However, it sounds like there will be one coming to Billings, but that the coach simply hasn’t been named yet.

3 Responses

    • Doug Gray

      Basically, they still need to come to agreement with the college to use the stadium. They’ll have a team in the Appy League. It’s 99.5% sure it’s going to be in Greeneville.

  1. CT

    Any news if Orlando Merced or Chad Cordero will still be in the Reds organization as coaches or are they no longer with the Reds?