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Daytona Tortugas Announce 2023 Coaching Staff

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January 18, 2023 – Florida State League (FSL)Daytona Tortugas News Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In conjunction with the Cincinnati Reds, the Daytona Tortugas have announced their minor league coaching staff assignments for the upcoming 2023 Florida State League campaign. Julio Morillo, a catcher on the Tortugas’ inaugural squad in 2015, returns to the World’s Most Famous Beach as manager. Dick Schofield, a 14-year Major League veteran, and Lenny Harris, Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in pinch hits, also return to the coaching staff. Rob Wooten and Jason Broussard join the Tortugas as pitching coach and hitting coach, respectively. Athletic trainer Lauren Powers, performance coach Conor Cantwell, and video and technology specialist Andres Borges round out the staff.

A native of Barinas, Venezuela, Julio Morillo, 30, is in his fourth season in the Reds’ player development department, his first at Single-A Daytona, and in his second consecutive year as a manager. In 2022, he managed the Arizona Complex League Reds following 1 year as that team’s development coach. Morillo was expected to serve as bench coach for Rookie Billings in 2020 until the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the minor league season. Instead, he worked as a catching instructor at the Reds’ alternate spring training site in Mason, Ohio. Before embarking on his coaching career, he spent 5 years as a baseball operations assistant and Spanish language translator for the Major League team. Julio was signed by the Reds as an undrafted free agent in 2009 after he graduated from Colegio San Juan Bautista de la Salle. After 7 seasons in the organization as a catcher, including playing four games with the Daytona Tortugas in 2015, he joined the front office in 2016 as a member of the Major League team’s traveling party in the baseball operations assistant and Spanish language translator role. Morillo resides in Goodyear, Ariz. with his wife Maggie.

Rob Wooten is in his third season as a professional coach, his first at Single-A Daytona following 2 years as the pitching coach at Double-A Chattanooga. A right-handed pitcher from the University of North Carolina, Wooten enjoyed an 11-year playing career, including 3 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers (2013-2015). He spent the last 3 years of his professional career in the Reds’ minor league system. Wooten appeared at every level in the minor league system and also pitched in the prestigious Arizona Fall League (2009),…

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