Today is the day we learn the coaching staffs for all of the Cincinnati Reds affiliates for the 2019 season. The newest affiliate, though an old friend, the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts just unveiled their coaching staff and it’s got a familiar look to it.

They will be managed by Pat Kelly. He had spent several years managing the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos for the Reds organization before moving up to manage the Triple-A Louisville Bats to begin the 2018 season. After Bryan Price was fired in April, Kelly joined the Reds Major League staff as the bench coach. This will be 27th season as a minor league manager, and his third with Chattanooga – where he managed in 1993 and 1994. During his playing career he spent one year in the Major Leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The pitching coach will be Danny Darwin. He, like Pat Kelly, joined the Cincinnati Reds Major League staff in April after manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins were let go. When the 2018 season began, Darwin was the pitching coach for Double-A Pensacola, which would have been his third season as their pitching coach. He had previously been the pitching coach in Jacksonville and Chattanooga (2010). In his playing career he pitched in 21 Major League seasons, racking up just over 3000 innings pitched, and still has the best nickname in baseball, Dr. Death.

Daryle Ward will be the Chattanooga hitting coach. He was the Arizona League Reds hitting coach in 2016. He moved up as the Dayton Dragons hitting coach in the last two seasons. As a player, Ward saw action in 11 Major League seasons, playing for the Astros, Dodgers, Pirates, Nationals, Braves, and Cubs. In 2000 with Houston he hit 20 home runs in just 281 plate appearances.

Darren Bragg will join the Lookouts as their bench coach. In 2018 he began the year as a roving instructor. He became the Louisville Bats bench coach after the coaching staff shakeup in April. This will be his 13th season in the Reds organization. He’s served in several roles, including bench coach, hitting coach, baserunning instructor, and outfield coordinator. As a player he spent 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with Seattle, Boston, St. Louis, Colorado, New York (both teams), Atlanta, San Diego, and Cincinnati.

Joseph Miranda returns as the Double-A strength and conditioning coach. It’s his second year in the organization. Tyler Moos also returns as the Double-A athletic trainer. It’s his fourth season in the role with the Reds.

2 Responses

  1. Al

    I’m glad they retained Danny Darwin. I believe he has helped several of the pitchers in the Reds organization and being in Double A, he can continue to help the Reds young pitchers progress to the major leagues.

  2. AirborneJayJay

    Good to see Pat Kelly and Danny Darwin remaining in the Reds organization. That AA team should be a good team this year.