The Tampa Bay Rays announced Wednesday that Reinaldo Ruiz will return as manager of the Bowling Green Hot Rods this coming season.
It will be Ruiz’s fourth season at the helm of the Hot Rods, and his ninth year as a coach in the Rays organization. He has a regular-season record of 225-189 as Bowling Green’s manager.
His field staff includes pitching coach Brian Reith and coaches Manny Castillo and Jeremy Owens.
Reith, a former Cincinnati Reds pitcher, served as pitching coach for the Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay’s affiliate in the short-season New York-Penn League) last year. The Fort Wayne native played professional baseball for 13 years, and made five starts for the Dayton Dragons in 2000. He went 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA, 30 strikeouts and eight walks in 34.1 Midwest League innings.
This will be Castillo’s third tour of duty with the Hot Rods, after previously serving as the team’s hitting coach from 2010 to 2013, and again in 2016. Last year he was a coach for the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Tampa Bay’s affiliate in the High-A Florida State League. The Stone Crabs had the second-best batting average (.257) and the fourth-best on-base percentage (.327) in the FSL.
Castillo played professional baseball for 16 years, including the 1975 season in the Midwest League. (He batted .325 with 1 HR and 34 RBI in 68 games with the Wausau Mets.) He also played in 236 MLB games, mostly with the 1982-83 Seattle Mariners.
This will be Owens’ first season in the Rays organization, after the former minor-league outfielder coached in independent leagues the last two years. His playing career included 129 games with the 1999 Fort Wayne Wizards (now the TinCaps), for whom he batted .281 with 9 HR, 66 RBI and 65 SB.