The Cincinnati Reds have announced the coaching staff for the 2022 Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. Jose Moreno will be taking over as their manager this upcoming season. This will be his third year in the organization. He joined the Reds in 2020 and was going to be the manager of the Arizona Rookie League Reds before the season was cancelled. In 2021 he took over as the manager for the High-A Dayton Dragons. Before joining Cincinnati he had spent the previous 19 seasons in the Seattle Mariners organization where he worked as a manager and a field coordinator over the years.
Pitching coach Rob Wooten will be returning as the pitching coach. Following his career as a player, which included his final season (2019) split between Chattanooga and Louisville in the Reds organization, he took over as the Lookouts pitching coach in 2021. The former big league pitcher spent 11 years as a player, including three seasons in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Eric Richardson will be taking over as the Lookouts new hitting coach. He played in parts of four seasons in the minor leagues – all with the White Sox organization from 1991-1995. Richardson has been a hitting coach for Lakewood (Phillies – 2004), GCL Phillies (2005), Batavia (Phillies – 2006), and Great Falls Voyagers (White Sox – 2017 and 2018). He worked as a private hitting coach and instructor in the years he was not working in affiliated baseball.
We learned back in November that Nate Irving would be joining the Double-A staff. After spending time as the Cincinnati Reds bullpen catcher since 2019 he is now moving to the role of game planning and catching coach with the Lookouts. Irving played collegiately at the University of Virginia before being drafted by Arizona in 2014 and playing two seasons with rookie-level Hillsboro before playing three seasons of indy ball. He also spent time as a graduate assistant with Virginia, working on the development of catchers.