It’s been just over a month since the Cincinnati Reds announced their coaching and training staffs for their minor league affiliates for the 2022 season. But at the time the Dominican Summer League coaching staff was missing a few coaches and so I held off on publishing what we did know about the coaches there at the time. The Reds have named their coaching staff, though – filling out all of the spots for the DSL Reds.
Gustavo Molina will be the manager for the Reds. It’s his first year in the Cincinnati organization. He had previously been the manager for Atlanta’s DSL team. He also has experience as a bench coach in the Venezuelan Winter League. Molina played in the big leagues in parts of four different seasons from 2007-2011 with the White Sox, Orioles, Mets, Red Sox, and Yankees. He most recently played in 2018 in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Rayner Oliveros will be one of the new pitching coaches. He, like Molina, is in his first year within the organization. He was pitching in the French Baseball League for the past three seasons. Oliveros also pitched professional in the minor leagues for the Royals and Rays from 2004-2010, as well as in the Venezuelan Winter League from 2006-2013.
David Rosario will be the other new pitching coach with the Reds. He’s also in his first season with the organization. Rosario pitched in the minor leagues from 1986-1993 before pitching in the Mexican League and Atlantic League. He was a pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs in their farm system from 2005-2017. He was also the pitching coach for the Dominican Republic team in the Caribbean World Series in 2020 and then held that position for the team from Puerto Rico in 2021.
José León is the new hitting coach for the DSL Reds. Like the rest of the coaching staff, he’s in his first season with the organization. León was with the St. Louis organization in the previous four years serving as a hitting coach and a manager. As a player he spent parts of three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles from 2002-2004. In the minor leagues his career began in 1994 and ran through 2009 when he played in both the Mexican and Atlantic Leagues.
Juan Ballara will serve as the bench and catching coach and is in his first year with the organization. As a player he was in the St. Louis Cardinals organization for seven seasons before spending a year with the Tampa Bay organization. After his final year of playing in 1997 he joined Arizona’s organization as a coach and manager until this year – spending all 24 seasons with the Diamondbacks farm system development staff.
Luis Hernandez will be the infield coach and is also in his first season with the Reds. As a player he was in the big leagues in parts of five seasons from 2007-2012 with the Orioles, Royals, Mets, and Rangers. His career began in 2002 in the minor leagues and he played through 2017 with his final season coming in the Atlantic League. He’s got experience coaching in the Venezuelan Winter League as well as in affiliated baseball with the Royals farm system from 2018-2020.