They had a similar record to start the season at 18-5.
“I considered it a successful season with the (number) of guys (players) who moved on,” LaHair said during a short telephone interview. “Wins and losses, they come. We ran into a tough stretch there in the middle of the season. We had a lot of new players and new faces. The group we had there at the end was very strong.”
Last season’s pitching and hitting coaches —Brian Garman and Daryle Ward — were both promoted to Class AA Chattanooga and bench coach Juan Samuel has not yet signed with any team.
Additionally, the Dragons announced that Josh Hobson will serve as the club’s athletic trainer and Joel Canacoo will be the team’s strength and conditioning coach. Peterson Plaz will serve as performance coach.
Naskedov, who coached more than 20 years in high school and college, was pitching coach at Class A Daytona last season following four seasons in the Houston organization.
Richardson is also in his second season in the Reds’ organization and in his 10th year as a professional coach. He was hitting coach at AA Chattanooga last summer and had previously been in the Phillies and White sox organizations.
Melendez is in his first year with the Reds after spending 20 seasons with the Cubs and Pirates.
“A lot of energy and good work ethic,” LaHair said of his staff. “We’re going to have a good time, and we’re going to get these guys better.”
Minor league players report to Spring Training in Goodyear, Ariz., next month and the Dragons will open their season on Thursday, April 6, at Lake County. The Dragons’ home opener is Tuesday, April 11, vs. Great Lakes.