Cincinnati Reds part ways with Kyle Boddy, CJ Gillman
The Cincinnati Reds farming system suddenly has some pretty big openings. This morning, the good story going around was that Reds strike coordinator CJ Gillman drove with Jesse Winker from Memphis to Cincinnati last night so Winker could be ready to go for Friday night’s game with the Dodgers. On the first pitch of the match, Gillman was no longer employed by the organization. And he wasn’t the only one. Pitching director Kyle Boddy is also no longer an employee of the organization. Both have announced that they have “separated” from the organization. It is interesting to read what the two wrote in their statements.
You can read the full statement from Gillman and Boddy below, but I want to focus on something specific in each.
By Kyle Boddy
“The Reds are moving in a different direction in many areas of player development and I certainly wish them the best.”
By CJ Gillman
“With the direction and leadership in place when I was hired having moved on, this is just the right direction for me personally and for the Reds to go professionally.”
“There are many organizations with similar beliefs to hitting and PD (player development) similar to mine and their fruits are paying off at the minor and major league levels. It’s a very exciting time to be in the game, and in particular to hit. We know which processes create the best results and we know we can repeat them ”.
Both of these parts of their statements read as if the previous front office regime believed the development path forward was similar to what Kyle Boddy and CJ Gillman believed, and helped teach. And both statements seem to indicate that the new front office regime does not believe it.
In addition to the Reds breaking up before their contracts ended (although it looks like both were ended after the season), the Reds also lost Eric Lee earlier this year. Lee was the senior director of player development and he chose to leave the organization in June to become director of athletics at a high school in Connecticut.
For one or twenty reasons, there seems to have been a lag between what the current regime buys and what the previous one did. And at least at the minor-league level, it resulted in some very high-ranking people parting ways early on from the Cincinnati Reds.
Full statement by Kyle Boddy
Let’s start with the basics:
The Cincinnati Reds and I have mutually agreed to no longer continue our professional relationship.
I can’t thank Dick Williams and Eric Lee enough for their support and the chance to move the Reds’ player development department in a new direction – both have been instrumental in bringing about huge changes. Derek Johnson has provided incredible support over the past two years with the Reds and for a decade before that – without a DJ much of the change you see in the pitching world would have been unattainable.
The Reds are moving in a different direction in many areas of player development and I certainly wish them the best. This no longer seemed to be the best solution for either party. I’m exceptionally proud of the results we’ve had in the minor leagues – our MiLB pitchers as a group have gone from 6th worst to 6th best in xERA out of 30 organizations in just two years (and one of them a year). pandemic!) – with a number of notable prospects are doing well and appearing all over the radar.
I will be running special projects full time at Driveline Baseball while I wait to see what happens in the world of professional baseball.
CJ Gillman full statement
The Reds and I went our separate ways. With the direction and leadership in place when I was hired having moved on, this is just the right direction for me personally and for the Reds to go professionally.
I believe deeply in what we have accomplished during my time with the Reds. Where we are committed to change, the numbers present themselves, and I am very proud of them.
There are many organizations with similar convictions to mine when it comes to hitting and PD (player development) and their fruits are paying off at the minor and major league levels. It’s a very exciting time to be in the game, and in particular to hit. We know which processes create the best results and we know we can repeat them.
It’s about players and improving players. Changing the course of their lives and their earnings by helping them hit a baseball is what’s great… as always my phone is open, I’m not going to Mars.
Right now I have two babies to take care of and a beautiful woman who claims she misses me. See you next spring!