The Bowling Green Hot Rods announced today that Reinaldo Ruiz will be their manager this year. He spent the past three seasons as hitting coach of the Princeton Rays, rookie-level Appalachian League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ruiz spent five seasons as a minor-league catcher for the Houston Astros before joining the Rays organization as a coach in 2009.
Rounding out the Hot Rods coaching staff are Bill Moloney (third season as pitching coach) and Dan DeMent (second season as hitting coach). Moloney pitched six seasons in the minor leagues, mostly for the Boston Red Sox. DeMent was a versatile fielder in his eight seasons playing for Tampa Bay and the Washington Nationals in the minor leagues.
Last year’s Hot Rods skipper, Michael Johns, will manage the Charlotte Stone Crabs, High-A Florida State League affiliate of the Rays, this year. His predecessor, Jared Sandberg — who managed the Hot Rods in 2013 — will manage the Durham Bulls, Tampa Bay’s Triple-A affiliate in the International League.