Hours after announcing hitting coach Turner Ward won’t return in 2020, the Cincinnati Reds announced more changes to their coaching staff Tuesday.
The Reds promoted Caleb Cotham to director of pitching. He also will keep his role as assistant pitching coach. According to the Reds, he will have “increased involvement in the creation and implementation of the organization’s pitching philosophies and protocols.”
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Cotham, 31, appeared in 26 games as a reliever for the Reds in 2016.
The Reds also named Kyle Boddy the director of pitching Initiatives/pitching coordinator. According to the Reds, “Boddy will work closely with the Major League pitching department to ensure the pitching philosophies and protocols are consistent throughout the organization.
Boddy, a Parma, Ohio, native, founded Driveline Baseball, which works with professional and amateur pitchers. Reds starter Trevor Bauer has worked with the program since 2013.
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According to its website, Bauer worked with Driveline “at first to improve his mechanical patterns and then later to refine his secondary pitches. Recently the focus of his work here recently has been to iteratively develop his pitch mix, specifically developing a new two-seam fastball dubbed as the ‘Laminar Express’ in 2017, a plus slider in 2018 and a plus changeup in 2019.”
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