This week has seen most of the Cincinnati Reds affiliates announce their 2020 coaching staffs. All of the full-season teams made their announcements this week. We’re still waiting to hear the full details on the rookie-level managerial and coaching staffs. Here’s a quick rundown of what we have so far:
Among that group there’s only one new to the organization hire – pitching coach Brian Garman. Many of the roles are ones the managers and coaches have had in the past, but at different levels within the organization.
There are other hires that have come out, though. Tony Fossas, who had previously served as the Minor League Pitching Coordinator – and prior to that, pitching coach in the organization – will now be a roving pitching instructor for the Reds. Jose Nieves will be the new Minor League Infield Coordinator. Nieves had been the manager for the Arizona League Reds for (2011-2012, 2016-2019), the Venezuelan Summer League Reds (2010), and the Dayton Dragons (2013-2015).
Luis Bolivar, who had been the Dayton Dragons manager from 2017-2019, and was the hitting coach there for the three years before that (and the AZL hitting coach the year before those three), will be the Reds new Academies Coordinator. This is a new job in the organization. It’s one of several jobs that has been added along the way over the last two seasons in the Reds developmental chain.
The job is certainly interesting. The job will be to oversee the on-field baseball activity at the Player Development Complex in Goodyear and at the Player Development Complex in the Dominican Republic. He’ll work with the Field Coordinators – Chris Tremie and Joel Noboa (the Latin American Field Coordinator), as well as the short-season staffs to make sure that the instruction is consistent as players are moving up through the chain from the Dominican Academy to the Goodyear complex, and into assignments in non-complex level leagues.
C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reported that there were more hires, as well.
#Reds player development hires:
Joel Canacoo (short-season strength and conditioning)
Brian Gorman (Dayton pitching coach)
C.J. Gillman (hitting coordinator)
Willie Harris (OF/baserunning coordinator)
Eric Jagers (Asst. pitching coordinator)
Jim Moran (AZL 4th coach)
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) November 13, 2019
#reds player development hires:
Jose Moreno (AZL manager)
Julio Morillo (Billings 4th coach)
Leah Reitmayer (coordinator or minor-league nutrition)
Casey Weathers (rehab coach/AZL assistant pitching coach)
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) November 13, 2019
Some of the names will look familiar, and some of them may not. Let’s start with the familiar names. Julio Morillo has spent the last decade working for the Cincinnati Reds. The 26-year-old from Venezuela played for the organization from 2010-2015, topping out in Triple-A in his final season. The next season he became the Spanish translator and Baseball Operations Assistant for the Reds at the big league level. He will now be moving into the coaching ranks, joining the Billings Mustangs staff.
Jim (Jimmy) Moran may also sound familiar – he too is a former player in the organization. From 2011-2016 he was a reliever in the organization. He reached Triple-A in 2015. He finished up his career in 2016 with the Atlanta Braves organization as a player. After the season was over he retired as a player. That’s when he joined the Reds as a scout – where he served through this season. He’s going to be joining the Arizona League Reds coaching staff for the 2020 season.
Willie Harris will be taking over as the outfield/baserunning coordinator. He played his final season in the Major Leagues with the Cincinnati Reds in 2012. He saw time in the Major Leagues from 2001-2012 and played for seven different teams in that span – covering 1046 games in the big leagues. In 2017 he was the minor league manager for the White Sox at the Advanced-A level. The last two years he managed for the Giants at their Double-A level.
There are some names that may not be as familiar, though. C.J Gillman will be taking over as the Reds Minor League Hitting Coordinator. Before joining the Cincinnati organization he was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for the Air Force Academy. As a player he spent time at the University of Dayton and prior to that Garden City Community College. After playing in college he spent two seasons playing in the Frontier League for Windy City before moving into a coaching role for the Dayton Flyers in 2014.
Jose Moreno is going to be taking over as the AZL Reds manager. He had spent the previous 19 years with the Seattle Mariners working in a variety of roles – manager at various levels, as well as serving as the Latin American Field Coordinator for Seattle. In 2019 he began the season as manager for the Everett AquaSox, but didn’t make it more than a few weeks into the season. On July 10th he was suspended by the Mariners for a week for an undisclosed reason. When his suspension was up it was announced that there was a mutual parting of ways between Moreno and Seattle.
Casey Weathers will be taking over as the rehab coach in Goodyear and working as an assistant pitching coach with the AZL Reds. He’s spent time training at Driveline Baseball for years. The former #8 overall pick (2007) played through 2016 in affiliated ball before pitching one season of independent league baseball. Weathers spent plenty of time rehabbing – once from Tommy John surgery, and then missing another season after having another operation to clean things up in the same arm.