The Daytona Tortugas are the latest of the Cincinnati Reds farm teams to announce their coaching and managerial staff for the 2020 season. The staff will have some new faces, as well as some returning faces in the dugout.
Dick Schofield will be taking over as manager for the Tortugas. 2020 will be his eighth season with the Cincinnati Reds organization. In 2019 he was the Louisville Bats bench coach. He served in that same role in 2018 with Louisville early in the year before taking over as their manager when then manager Pat Kelly joined the Major League staff in late April. Prior to that he had managed with Dayton Dragons and Billings Mustangs, as well as served as hitting coach in Pensacola and bench coach in Pensacola. As a player he spent 14 years in the Major Leagues from 1983-1996. He played for the California Angels (that’s strange to type), New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The other new face in Daytona will be bench coach Darren Bragg. He has been with the Reds organization for the previous 12 seasons. Last year he was the bench coach in Double-A Chattanooga, and before that he was the minor league outfield coordinator for the organization for a decade. As a player he spent 11 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1994-2004. He played for the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, and ended his playing career in 2004 with the Cincinnati Reds.
Pitching coach Tom Brown will be returning to Daytona for the fifth straight season. This will be his 14th season with the Reds organization. He’s been a pitching coach for 13 years prior to joining the Reds organization, and another nine years as the pitching coordinator for both the Orioles and Padres. As a player he reached the Major Leagues in 1978 with the Seattle Mariners. He pitched in the minors for seven seasons between 1971 and 1981 (he didn’t pitch from 1972-1975 in affiliated ball).
Alex Pelaez will also be returning to Daytona as the teams hitting coach. It will be his fourth season serving in the role with the Tortugas. It’s his 12th season in the Reds organization. Prior to his role in Daytona he was the hitting coach with Double-A Pensacola for three seasons. Before that he spent three years as the Dayton Dragons hitting coach. He also held the role with the Billings Mustangs and GCL Reds. As a player he reached the Major Leagues with the San Diego Padres in 2002. He played in the minor leagues from 1998-2005 – with his last season as a player coming for the Louisville Bats.
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