The Cincinnati Reds have announced all of their coaching staffs for the minor leagues. The last two teams announced were the Arizona League Reds and the Dominican Summer League Reds. You can see all of the coaching staffs here.

The Arizona League Reds Coaching Staff for 2019

Manager Jose Nieves returns as the coach in extended spring and for the Arizona League Reds. It’s his third consecutive season as the AZL Reds manager, and sixth overall. He previously managed the Venezuelan Summer League Reds and Dayton Dragons (along with the AZL Reds before the Dayton gig). During his playing career he saw action in parts of five seasons in the Major Leagues. He played in 212 games for the Cubs and Angels from 1998-2002.

Elmer Dessens returns as the pitching coach in Goodyear. This will be his seventh consecutive season as the pitching coach for the AZL Reds. As a player he spent time in the Major Leagues over parts of 14 seasons from 1996-2010 for the Pirates, Reds, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Royals, Rockies, Brewers, Braves, and Mets. He threw nearly 1200 innings over his career between the rotation and bullpen.

Hitting coach Todd Takayoshi also returns to Goodyear. This will be his third straight season as the AZL Reds hitting coach. He had previously served as the Billings Mustangs hitting coach. Prior to joining the Reds organization he was the Dodgers assistant hitting coordinator in their farm system. He also served in the hitting coordinator role with the Angels organization prior to that. As a player he spent four seasons in the minor leagues and two more in independent league baseball.

Donald Lutz will also be returning as the bench coach for the AZL Reds. It’s his second season in coaching and his second as the bench coach in Goodyear. As a player he spent parts of two seasons in the Major Leagues with the Reds. He saw action in nine years at the Minor League level. This past offseason he played in the Australian Baseball League.

Cole Durham and Clete Sigwart will also return in their roles. Sigwart will be in his eighth season as the athletic trainer. Durham is in his third year with the organization and second with the AZL Reds as the strength and conditioning coach. The team is also adding a second athletic trainer in Wade Hebrink. He previously had that role with the Dominican Summer League Reds in the previous two years.

The Dominican Summer League Reds Coaching Staff for 2019

The Dominican Summer League Reds will have a new manager this year. Luis Saturria will take over the job. He’s been a manager in the past when the team had two affiliates in the DSL, but served as the DSL Reds bench coach last season. This is his 11th season in the Reds organization. As a player he spent two seasons in the Major Leagues with the Cardinals. He played in the minors from 1996-2002, and then spent one year playing independent league baseball in 2003.

One of the pitching coaches will be Luis Montano. He’s served as the pitching coach for one of the Reds DSL teams in each of the last eight seasons. As a player he spent time in the minor leagues in parts of six seasons and played independent league baseball for two seasons beyond that.

Luis Andujar will be the other pitching coach with the Dominican Summer League team. This will be his eighth season as a pitching coach in the organization. As a player he pitched in parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues for the White Sox and Blue Jays. He also pitched in the minors from 1991-2000 before playing in Mexico and independent league baseball for three seasons beyond that.

The team does not have a listed hitting coach, but does have four listed simply as “coach”, and one spot that has yet to be filled out, too.

Cristobal Rodriguez will return to the DSL staff. He’s simply listed as a coach this year after being the manager in 2018. This is his eighth season in the organization. As a player he spent four seasons playing in the minors for the Reds, topping out in Dayton. He also played two years of independent league baseball beyond that.

Jose Castro is also listed simply as a coach. He has previous experience managing the DSL Reds and was also their infield coach in the 2017 season. As a professional he spent parts of eight seasons in the minors in the Mets, Reds, and White Sox organization.

Jefry Sierra is another coach on the team. This will be his fifth season as a coach in the organization – all in the DSL. He spent seven years in the Reds organization as a player, and he played just about everywhere. He saw action at second base, third base, shortstop, center field, left field, right field, and in his final year of professional baseball he pitched in 20 games for the Billings Mustangs – striking out 30 batters in 27 innings with a 3.00 ERA.

Edward Bins is returning to the coaching staff, too. He’s also simply listed as a coach. The Reds media guide from 2018 noted that his primary duties is to oversee the instruction of the catchers in the academy. This will be his ninth season as a coach in the organization. As a player he played from 2007-2010 in the minor leagues with the Dodgers and Reds.

The DSL Reds have two strength and conditioning coaches. Eduardo Garcia and Rafael Hernandez. Both are returning to the same jobs that they have had in the past. Garcia will be in his fifth season with the organization, while Hernandez will be in his seventh.

The team will also have three athletic trainers. Aric Quinney, Jamie de los Santos, and Lauren Powers. Quinney will be returning to his role with the DSL Reds, his second year in a row. This will be the first year in the organization for Jamie de los Santos and Lauren Powers (or if it’s not, they were not listed in the 2018 media guide and I apologize for my mistake).

11 Responses

  1. Oldtimer

    I hope AZL Reds are better this year than last. Pretty lousy W-L record in 2018.

    • MK

      I know it is hard to fathom for we older guys but they really are not that concerned about wins and losses, especially at AZL level, especially when they have 35+players on the roster. It is all about developing individual skills. I would equate it to playing golf without a scorecard. It is about making good or spectacular shots but if you double bogie a par 5 but made two outstanding shots on the hole then it was positive.

    • Doug Gray

      That’s because for the most part, that team should have been in the DSL. I do think that in 2019 they will be more competitive, and that many of the players will be repeating their time in the AZL.

      • Oldtimer

        That makes sense. The Reds added a rookie level team in 2018 and maybe didn’t have enough players for AZL Reds, too.

  2. Billy

    With the lack of development (particularly among the pitchers) over recent years and the turnover in the coaching staff, does it seem odd to anyone else to see such continuity among the coaches? Is this normal? Are the same guys expected to deliver a different perspective/approach/philosophy?

    • Billy

      I should clarify… “turnover in the coaching staff” at the big league level, but “continuity among the coaches” across the minor league teams. Sorry, but I didn’t make that very clear.

  3. Bill J

    Billy I was thinking the same thing. Doing the same thing and expecting different results is insanity.

    • Redsvol

      I’ve been saying this all off-season. Reds must develop some talent that isn’t taken in the first or second round. We’ve had too many drafts under the same player development staff and minor league coaching that haven’t turned up any later round gems. Cardinals find and develop plenty of guys that aren’t taken in the first round. We aren’t improving in this area and I don’t understand why we think we will if we keep the same minor league coaches and development staff around.

    • Doug Gray

      It’s interesting to see that they changed field coordinator, and have a new farm director and senior farm director, but did keep mostly the same coaches in place. I don’t think this qualifies as “doing the same thing and expecting different results”. At least not yet. We don’t really know what it is that they will be doing. Different people are in charge of telling the coaching staff what they want them to be doing, teaching, and things like that. Maybe it will be all of the same stuff. But until we see it in action I’m not sure that this is “doing the same thing”.