2018 Reds / Minors

Reds make big changes to minor league coaching staffs

Some changes are afoot with Cincinnati’s minor league affiliates. Delino Deshields has been replaced as manager of Triple-A Louisville. Pat Kelly, who has been managing Cincinnati’s Double-A affiliate in Pensacola, will move into the job.

Mark Sheldon has all the details:

Pat Kelly, who was managing at Double-A Pensacola for the past three seasons, will move up to be Louisville’s next manager. Kelly is replacing Delino DeShields, who will remain in the organization as the Minor League bunting and baserunning instructor.

Kelly has managed Minor League teams for 26 years, and he will be making his fifth stop for a team in the Reds’ system.

Leon Durham, who played briefly for the Reds in 1988, is returning to the organization as Louisville’s hitting coach. Durham spent the past 17 seasons in the Tigers’ organization, including last season as their big league assistant hitting coach, and the other 16 with Triple-A Toledo.

Go read the rest of Sheldon’s piece.

There were other interesting notes in today’s announcement, including the fact that former Red Elmer Dessens will be the pitching coach for the AZL Reds, while another familiar face will be the bench coach: Donald Lutz. Seth Etherton will be the pitching coach in Dayton. And Mario Soto, Eric Davis, and Barry Larkin will continue to be roving instructors in the organization.

6 thoughts on “Reds make big changes to minor league coaching staffs

  1. Donald Lutz … I remember when he got his call-up and tweeted he was the “first German player to make it to the show”

    • And then promptly got well aquainted with the major league dugout, thanks to Price’s refusal to allow young players any regular playing time as long as any veteran option exists.

  2. Will Corky Miller still be the roving catching instructor? Didn’t see that mentioned in the announcement.

    • Corky should be interviewed when the Red’s management office is available.

    • No, but things are not finalized there yet, so no announcement has been made.

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