The Cincinnati Reds have announced the coaching staff for the 2022 Arizona Complex League Reds. Their season, unlike the other four teams here in the US, will begin in the middle of the summer rather than in April.

There will be a new manager out in Goodyear for the Reds rookie-level team. Julio Morillo will be taking over as manager for 2022. If the name sounds familiar to you, he is a former Reds minor league player as well as the former spanish language interpreter for the big league club. He moved to the coaching side of the game in 2020 when he was expected to be the bench coach for the Billings Mustangs. When the season was cancelled he joined the Cincinnati alternate site in Mason where he was the catching instructor. Last season he served as the development coach at the complex.

There are two pitching coaches at the complex level. That was the same for last season, too. Elmer Dessens returns for his 10th season as the complex level pitching coach. This season he will have a new partner in crime as he’s joined by Fred Corral this season as the other pitching coach. Dessens pitched in the majors for 14 seasons – including three seasons with the Reds from 2000-2002. He worked as both a starter (140 starts) and a reliever (301 relief appearances) in his big league career.

Fred Corral pitched four years in college – two at San Joaquin Delta College before moving on to the University of California where he was named to the All-Pac 10 team as a junior where he went 10-0. He was a pitching instructor in the Expos and Dodgers organizations before moving on to the college coaching ranks. He most recently worked at Missouri, but has also been a pitching coach at Memphis, Tennessee (twice – spanning several years), Oklahoma, Georgia, Sarcamento City College, and San Joaqin Delta College.

Jason Broussard takes over as the hitting coach for the ACL Reds. He served in the same role in 2021 but at the Dominican Summer League complex for the team in the DSL. 2021 was his first season with the Reds organization and had him oversee the DSL squad that finished second in the league in OPS out of 46 teams. He will get a second year in a row with the hitters who will be moving up from that team. Broussard spent the two years prior to joining the Reds working as a coach and scout in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Before that he was an assistant coach at Eastern Florida State College and Southern Illinois.

The bench and infield coach this season will be Anthony Manuel. He was a draft pick of the White Sox (2002) and the Mets (2005), signing with the Mets and playing two years in their farm system at second base, third base, and shortstop. He would go on to play indy ball from 2008-2010. He’s also the son of former Major League player and manager Jerry Manuel.

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  1. Bourgeois Zee

    The Complex team should have some interesting bats, if 2021 is any judge.

    MI Carlos Jorge OPSed over 1.000 last year, while stealing 27 bases in 33 chances. The OPS ranked 5th in the 32-team league, the SB 3rd. He led the league with 10 triples and was second in slugging percentage. He’ll be 18 this season.

    IF Johnny Ascanio hit .333 in 141 PAs and walked (19 times) nearly as much as he K’ed (22). His OBP was .457 and OPS was .890. He’s also 18 and can play both SS and 2B (and 3B).

    Yet another MI, Leonardo Balcazar, led the league in HR until a late-season injury. He struggled a bit thereafter, but still ended up with 6 HR which tied for 6th in the league. His OPS was .882.

    Ariel Almonte, Doug has already discussed. Another 18-year-old, he went .278/ .398/ .438 in nearly 200 PAs. Lots of swing and miss, but 5 HR and 15 SB reflect his power/ speed promise.

    OF Malvin Valdez was paid big money and was among the youngest players in the league. He had a .710 OPS based primarily on decent pop and tons of patience. He also K’ed more than a third of his ABs and hit only .218.

    More 18-year-olds, IF Jose Serrano and OF Brayan Rijo, showed promising hit tools, with BAs of .287 and .294. They showed a decent amount of pop as well. If they get a bit stronger, they may well end up interesting.

    Too, 19-year-old C Diego Omana may deserve a look-see. Pressed into a larger role due to injury and the pandemic as the season wore on, he went .371/ .446/ .457/ .903 with 8 BBs against only 11 K’s in a seriously small sample of 83 PAs.

    Speaking of catchers, Jackson Miller may well be back in Complex Ball to start 2022. He was the Reds’ 2020 2nd rounder from JW Mitchell HS in Florida. Lots of positive talk around his bat before he got injured last year. He’s also 19.

    The Reds thought enough of 2B Donovan Antonia to bring him stateside at 17. He struggled to hit at all, but could blossom this year with more instruction. He’s another middle infielder in a system suddenly swimming in them.

    Big bonus baby 18-year-old SS Braylin Minier did just enough, IMO, to consider moving him up to Daytona. He OPSed .701 for the season, but found his footing a bit more as the season wore on (as is typical of young prospects). If the Reds think he might need some more seasoning, he could well be a big bat in Arizona.

  2. MK

    Got to know Julio a little when he was at Dayton. He didn’t get to play a lot but when he did he was a take charge type catcher. Never saw the young man when he didn’t have a smile and a positive word. Glad to see he is getting positive opportunities, he is very deserving.