The Triple-A Louisville Bats have announced their coaching staff for the 2019 season. The Bats will be entering the 20th season as the Cincinnati Reds Triple-A affiliate and they will have a new manager this season.

Jody Davis will take over as the manager for the Bats in 2019. It’s not his first time in Louisville – he served as the Bats hitting coach in 2016 and 2017. In the 2018 season he managed the Double-A affiliate for the Reds in Pensacola. Before joining the Cincinnati organization he had been a hitting coach in the Padres farm system and managed in the Cubs organization. As a player, Davis spent 10 seasons in the Major Leagues playing with the Cubs and Braves. In 1986 he set a Major League record by throwing out 89 runners on stolen base attempts.

Jeff Fassero will return as the pitching coach for the Bats. It will be his third year as the pitching coach for the Bats. He had previously worked for the Reds as a pitching coach in Double-A Pensacola and one season as a roving pitching instructor. Before his time with Cincinnati he was a pitching coach in the Cubs organization. During his playing career he spent parts of 16 seasons in the Major Leagues. He didn’t debut until he was 28, then pitched until he was 43-years-old. He threw just over 2000 innings in the Major Leagues as both a starter and a reliever.

Leon Durham will also return as the hitting coach for Louisville. It will be his second season in the role. In 2017 he was the Detroit Tigers assistant hitting coach. Prior to that he was the hitting coach for the Tigers Triple-A affiliate for 16 consecutive seasons. He was also a coach in the Angels organization before that. During his playing career the Cincinnati native spent 10 years in the Major Leagues with the Cardinals, Cubs, and Reds. He was a 2-time All-Star, a silver slugger winner in 1982, and finished 12th in the MVP voting in 1984.

Dick Schofield will sort of return as the Bats bench coach. That’s the role he began the 2018 season in. He took over as Louisville Manager in late April when Pat Kelly joined the Major League staff. This will be his 7th season in the organization. He has previously been a bench coach in Pensacola, and has managed for both Dayton and Billings in the Reds organization. In his playing career he spent 14 seasons in the Major Leagues, playing for the Angels, Mets, Blue Jays, and Dodgers while racking up nearly 5000 plate appearances.

Strength and conditioning coach Matt Hall will return to the Bats for the second straight season. He was the Reds assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2014-201, and served as the strength and conditioning coach for Pensacola in 2012 and Bakersfield in 2013.  Steve Gober also returns to Louisville as the teams athletic trainer. It will be his fourth season in the role with the Bats. Before joining the Reds organization he served in several roles with the Washington Nationals, including their assistant athletic trainer at the Major League level for three seasons.

6 Responses

  1. Hunt4redsoct

    No Ted Power? I am really disappointed he’s very knowledgeable. I got to know him at the reds fantasy camp he’s a great guy.

  2. Brock

    Are there salary differences for coaches between the different levels of the minors? For instance, is Pat Kelly going to be making a lower salary as manager at AA this season than he did as manager at AAA last season?

    • Doug Gray

      I don’t know this answer for sure, but I’d venture to guess that no, the salary isn’t different simply based on the level at which you are coaching.