Much of the big league coaching staff was announced on Tuesday, but missing from that announcement was an assistant pitching coach. Eric Jagers had that job in 2022 but he left the organization to take a job with the New York Mets. On Thursday evening the team announced that they had found his replacement, naming Alon Leichman as the assistant pitching coach.

It’s been an interesting journey in baseball for Leichman, who was born in Israel – where they don’t play much baseball. He pitched at Cypress College for three seasons before transferring to UC San Diego for his final two years of eligibility as a 26 and 27-year-old in 2015 and 2016. He continued to pitch for Team Israel in limited action as he was told he needed a third Tommy John surgery, and last summer pitched for Israel in the Olympics.  Leichman has been a coach in the Mariners organization since 2017 and was most recently their Triple-A pitching coach in Tacoma.

In 2021 Alon Leichman was the pitching coach for Double-A Arkansas. New Reds 1st base coach Collin Cowgill was the manager of that team. Pitching prospect Brandon Williamson, who the Reds acquired in the spring from Seattle, was also on that team and he put up his best numbers of his career that season (3.48 ERA in 67.1 innings with 23 walks and 94 strikeouts). Levi Stoudt also pitched, briefly,with Arkansas in 2021. Stoudt was acquired at the trade deadline in the Luis Castillo trade.

The Reds pick up a draft pick in 2023

Major League Baseball announced that the Cincinnati Reds (and seven other teams) will be awarded a Round A Competitive Balance pick in the 2023 draft. Cincinnati will draft 7th of those eight teams. The exact pick number isn’t yet known as it can be effected by teams drafting late in the 1st round and how much they spend on their 2023 payroll. It’s likely that the pick will be the 37th overall, but it could move based on other teams spending beyond the luxury tax.

Next week at the winter meetings the 2023 draft lottery will be held. The first six spots in the draft are up for grabs by all 18 non-playoff teams. The Reds have the 4th best odds for the #1 pick. After the 6th pick the remaining picks between 7-18 are determined by the worst records remaining. Cincinnati could land their first pick somewhere between 1 and 10.

11 Responses

  1. MK

    Maybe Reds should change their color to teal and call themselves Mariners East

    • DaveCT

      That would be consistent with Seattle’s status as Cincinnati’s parent club.

  2. Redsvol

    I like this move. Seattle has had some very good arms debut over the last 2 years. Also from a non-traditional background and youth. Thinking outside the box is good for a small market team.

    • Bourgeois Zee

      Conservatively, the Reds enjoyed somewhere between $200 and $300M in revenue and revenue sharing last season.

      They paid out under $100M in payroll.

      The myth of the small market seems to excuse the penurious behavior of the fat cats who control the purse strings of our favorite team. Demand better, Red fans.

      Sell the team, Bob. You– all of you– should be ashamed.

  3. Old-school

    Reds will likely have 3 top 40 picks including a top 5 pick+ In all likelihood. Reds need a franchise OF. I think they get one in the first few picks of the draft and add 3 top prospects to the pipeline next summer.

    • Harry Stoner

      Would love to see the Reds scout and secure some high ceiling OF prospects.

      Can’t help but fear more SS and “utlility players” are in the offing.

      I hope I’m wrong.

      • JoshG

        You do realize a lot of the best outfielders were drafted as SS.
        other than catcher, you draft the Bat and tools .. the position piece will work itself out

      • 2020ball

        I’m happy if they secure anyone with a high ceiling, dont care one iota what position they play. They’re all too far off to be picking specific positions. No idea why you think they’d pick utility players by choice.

      • Harry Stoner

        No…I really don’t realize that.
        Yes, it has happened on a few notable occasions and the change was typically made very early on in their MiLB careers.
        If the Reds could demonstrate that “the position will work itself out”
        I might hold some hope for it.
        Peraza, Senzel, Geno, Barerro, Steer recently all come to mind as
        counter arguments to the theory.
        There are undoubtedly many others.
        An even worse scenario is Bell playing someone in a different postion every other night so that he can show that he is “managing”.
        We’ll see more when he gets his Ouija Board going with McLain, DeLaCruz, and the other Young Turks.
        Bell operates with his players as if they were apps.

      • Harry Stoner

        Just a quick follow up:

        “No idea why you think they’d pick utility players by choice.”

        Because they’re trading for utility players by choice and Bell is dedicated to constructing his lineup with them.

        It seems to be a pattern to draft players who can play multiple postions…but maybe not any one of them particularly well.

        Maybe that’s the new baseball, but to assume that shifting a young player to a new position night after night doesn’t effect their hitting seems to be wishful thinking.

    • Earmbrister

      I was hoping that the OFr from James Madison Univ. would fall to the Reds last year. Cam Collier was a real nice consolation prize.