The Cincinnati Reds have announced the coaching staff for the Billings Mustangs for the 2016 season. They will have an entirely new coaching staff for the upcoming season.
Ray Martinez will be the manager of the Mustangs. Martinez managed the Arizona League Reds in the 2015 season. Prior to that he was the hitting coach in Bakersfield for two seasons, in Billings for a season and for the Arizona League Reds for a season. His entire coaching career has been with the Reds after retiring in 2009 at the age of 40, spending the final 13 seasons of his career playing in the Mexican League.
The new pitching coach for the Billings staff will be Seth Etherton. The 39-year-old pitched in parts of four Major League seasons from 2000-2006 for the Angels, Reds, Athletics and Royals. He also spent 11 seasons in the minor leagues, including parts of three seasons with the Reds in which he pitched for both Chattanooga and Louisville. Prior to joining the Reds as a pitching coach, he served in the same role for the University of San Francisco for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He also spent time as the pitching coach in the Team USA program for the U18 squad.
The new hitting coach for the Mustangs will be Joe Thurston. The former Major League saw time in seven big league seasons, playing in 184 games (including 124 with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009) over his career. He spent 13 seasons in the minor leagues, last playing in 2014 in the Mexican League. In 2015 he was listed with the Red Sox Double-A affiliate simply as a coach, but not of any specific function and early in the year was listed as a player/coach, though he never was activated in the role of a player during the season.
Also of note in the Billings Mustangs press release that announced these moves is that Dick Schofield, who managed the Mustangs in 2014 and 2015 has been promoted to be the manager of the Dayton Dragons for 2016. The rest of his coaching staff has not been announced.