The Cincinnati Reds farm system has been undergoing a little bit of a transformation over the last few months. Hitting Coordinator C.J Gillman and Director of Pitching Kyle Boddy both exited the organization on the same day late in the season. Earlier in the summer Senior Director of Player Development Eric Lee left the organization in June. Shawn Pender remains at the top of the hill as the Vice President of Player Development – a role he’s been in for three seasons now – but the team has made some hires to fill out the gaps left behind. Jeremy Farrell is now the Director of Player Development and Casey Weathers is now a Pitching Coordinator.
Jeremy Farrell takes over the role that was vacated by Eric Lee and was not filled during the season. Farrell joins the organization after spending the last six years working for the Chicago Cubs in various roles in the minors. He was a hitting coach, an infield coordinator, a field coordinator, and the Cubs director of baseball development. Before joining the Cubs he had been a minor league player from 2008-2015, playing for both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago White Sox organizations.
Casey Weathers joined the Reds organization in 2020. This past season he worked with the Arizona Complex League Reds as their development coach and was also the rehab coach out at the complex all year. Weathers is a Driveline guy. He also pitched for Derek Johnson while at Vanderbilt, and then was the 8th overall pick int he draft in 2007. Weathers dealt with two Tommy John surgeries and never made it out of the minors, reaching Double-A in five different seasons for four different organizations, but never got any higher before retiring after the 2017 season.
Weathers will share the pitching coordinator role with Bryan Conger. In 2021 Conger held the role on his own, but Kyle Boddy was also above him in the hierarchy as the Director of Pitching. That role is now bunched in with Derek Johnson’s role as the pitching coach at the big league level. As Johnson explained, once the season begins he will have a lesser role in the day-to-day stuff at the minor league level. That wasn’t the case when Boddy was the Director of Pitching. With co-pitching coordinators it allows much of the duties that were there for both Boddy and Conger last year to be split up once again and not overwhelm one person in the role.