Since joining the Reds' player development staff in 2009 as a hitting coach at Rookie-level Billings, the 45-year-old DeShields has moved steadily up the organization. He managed at Billings in 2010 before managing at Class A Dayton in 2011-12 and at Pensacola in 2013-14.
DeShields, a first-round pick by the Expos in the 1987 First-Year Player Draft, played 12 seasons as an infielder in the Majors from 1990-2002 with the Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs.
At Pensacola, veteran Minor League skipper Pat Kelly was named as DeShields' replacement as manager. Kelly, 59, managed last season at high Class A Advanced Bakersfield and has served the organization since 2006 at a variety of levels. Alex Pelaez and Jeff Fassero will return as the team's hitting coach and pitching coach, respectively.
At the Reds' new Class A Advanced affiliate in Daytona, Eli Marrero was named manager, with Tony Fossas as pitching coach and Kevin Mahar as the hitting coach.
In his fifth season with the Reds organization, the 41-year-old Marrero was manager of the AZL Reds in 2013-14, and he was the hitting coach for both Bakersfield in 2012 and Billings in '11. A former catcher, he played 10 years in the big leagues with six clubs.
Daytona, previously a Cubs affiliate, will announce its new team name and logo on Thursday.
It was also announced that Jose Nieves will be back for his third season as manager at Dayton. Luis Bolivar is also returning for his second year as the Dragons' hitting coach, and former Reds pitcher Tom Browning has rejoined the affiliate as pitching coach after he served in that role for Dayton in 2012. Browning was at Billings in 2013 and Bakersfield in '14.
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